Garrick Ohlsson performs in five concerts at Tanglewood Music Festival
As the 2017 Koussevitzky Artist of the Year, Mr. Ohlsson will perform in a total of five concerts at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. The first, on July 26, will be with the Takács Quartet. Based in Boulder, Colorado, this group of musicians tours widely to great critical acclaim. Now in its fourty-third season, the Takács Quartet was hailed by the New York times as “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.” On August 1, Mr. Ohlsson will perform as part of the ever-popular event: Tanglewood on Parade. A beloved tradition, the day will be filled with musical fun for the whole family, culminating with the 8pm concert which includes crowd favorites such as Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man; Copland’s Piano Concerto, featuring Mr. Ohlsson, the suite from Kodály’s Háry János; the Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, music from John Williams’ scores to Jurassic Park, Minority Report, and Jaws, and, as a finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Performing with Mr. Ohlsson are the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Charles Dutoit, Bramwell Tovey, and BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann. The performance concludes with a fireworks show.
This performance is followed by a concert on August 4 featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hans Graf. As the winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1970, Mr. Ohlsson is considered one of the leading interpreters of Chopin’s works. The concerto will be followed by Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. On August 5, Mr. Ohlsson will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, again under the baton of Hans Graf and with the BSO. In the second half of the program, a semi-staged version of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by soprano Kiera Duffy, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, and singers from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus, as well as four stage actors. Mr. Ohlsson’s final event at this year’s Tanglewood Music Festival is on August 8 with a program (curated by Emanuel Ax) of Schubert and Scriabin entitled “Schubert’s Summer Journey.”