The Boston Symphony Orchestra is preparing to unveil the new Linde Center for Music and Learning, offering a first look at the four-building complex slated to open in June 2019 at the Tanglewood campus in Lenox. Designed by William Rawn Associates, the complex will be the home of the BSO’s new Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) and provide support to the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s summer academy for advanced music study.
The opening of the Linde Center marks the largest new addition to the Tanglewood campus since Ozawa Hall, also a Rawn design, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The complex is targeting a Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 rating system for new construction. Designed specifically to support TLI programs and including three studio spaces, with the largest seating 270, the climate-controlled complex will in addition provide multi-use spaces that are usable year-round. Starting in fall 2019, the center will be available for event rentals and programming by the Berkshire community and others. Both the new buildings and TLI are supported by funds from Tanglewood Forever, a campaign that has to date raised $61.4 million.
“Though the launch of TLI and the opening of the Linde Center represent a new milestone for the festival,” BSO president and CEO Mark Volpe said in a statement provided by the orchestra, “Tanglewood’s overriding goal remains the same since its founding by Serge Koussevitzky in 1937 — to bring the musical, artistic, and physical beauty of the place, infused now with its storied history of great personalities and unforgettable events, to an ever more diverse public so that they too can enjoy the many gifts Tanglewood imparts.”
Under the directorship of Sue Elliott, TLI will offer an array of cultural activities and educational programs, including lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, open rehearsals, and visual art workshops.
“In terms of the variety of activities and learning opportunities,” Elliott said by telephone from Symphony Hall, “I think that certainly music is at the heart of the organization but that’s certainly not where TLI is stopping in terms of lines of inquiry. And I expect that as we go through the summer, we’re going to learn a whole lot ourselves, about ways in which we can expand outside of music-centric programming.”
Further details about programming will be available at www.tli.org.
Zoë Madonna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.