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Tanglewood: Boston Symphony concerts and more (Aug 2–9)

21cmediagroup / 2nd July 2024 / News

Alan Gilbert returns to the U.S. next month for a weeklong residency at the Tanglewood Music Festival, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Aug 2–9). His long association with the festival dates to his student days, when he conducted there for legendary maestros Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. More recently, Gilbert’s leadership of the Boston Symphony has been described as “revelatory,” thanks to “his thoughtful musicianship and fresh approaches to programming” (Boston Globe).

This summer, Gilbert conducts the Boston Symphony in an all-Beethoven program that pairs the composer’s Fourth Symphony with the Triple Concerto, featuring violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Kirill Gerstein (Aug 4); there is an open rehearsal the previous day (Aug 3). Gerstein rejoins Gilbert and the Boston Symphony for Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, which they couple with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, of which the conductor’s“white-hot performance” impressed the New York Times (Aug 9).

The residency also sees Gilbert lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in works by Haydn and Dutilleux, on a program that also features performances by the TMC Conducting Fellows (Aug 5), and discuss “The Art of Conducting” in the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s ongoing series of that name (Aug 2).