Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
About the Concert

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration, featuring many of the iconic artists identified with the fete, will air on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances Friday, August 10 at 9 p.m. ET as part of the PBS Arts Summer Festival (check local listings).

Located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world’s most beloved music festivals and serves as the summer home for the famed Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration will feature the BSO, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, under the direction of conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and David Zinman.

Performers will include pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and vocalist James Taylor, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. The wide-ranging program, taped on July 14, will include Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; selections from the Great American Songbook (“Over the Rainbow,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Old Man River”); Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D, 2nd and 3rd movements; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile for cello and strings; Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, for violin and orchestra; Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse”; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

“The BSO is one of the many great regional arts institutions to be featured on Great Performances over its four decade history,” said David Horn, executive producer, Great Performances. “GP has enjoyed a long association with the BSO and its summertime home at the Tanglewood festival, dating back to our extensive broadcast collaborations with Leonard Bernstein. We are delighted to return to Tanglewood for this 75th anniversary concert, which also represents a wonderful homecoming celebration for us.”

The Tanglewood concert is the seventh program in the PBS Arts Summer Festival, which includes documentaries from independent filmmakers that explore a wide spectrum of international art forms and offer an in-depth look at music, theater, art, architecture and cultural history from some of the world’s unique locations. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith serves as weekly host for the Summer Festival.

Major funding for the telecast is provided by the Great Performances telecast of the Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration is made possible by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Mugar Foundation, The Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Victor and Sono Elmaleh, The Starr Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, public television viewers and PBS.

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc, C Major Entertainment, ZDF/ARTE and Unitel/CLASSICA.

Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration is directed by Bill Cosel. For Great Performances, John Walker and Mitch Owgang are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

  • Albert Sanchez Moreno

    Please put this concert online, because it’s quite likely that our local PBS stations in Atlanta will not show this, instead repeating the Jackie Evancho concert for the umpteenth time. It seems that their idea of a good “Great Performances” program is something that appeals to a wide public, like the Evancho program, “Phantom of the Opera”, or anything else that has nothing to do with classical concerts, opera, or ballet.

    With regards to cultural programming, our local PBS station has become the equivalent of the new History Channel, which doesn’t show anything relating to history anymore.

  • Lisa Belkin

    As soon as I saw the listing for this show tonight I went to call my mom to tell her. She passed away last year and every year when I would get the Tanglewood brochure in the mail we would comb thru it. I have been going almost every summer for the last thirty years and it is where I am the happiest and peaceful.

  • Bruce

    Old Warhorses played. Old Warhorses playing. Helping to make us feel secure with the status quo in times of Angst.

  • MB Mullikin

    Mr. Moreno has spoken about the lack of many supposedly “cultural arts” stations that have abdicated their purpose in having been assigned to the arts. When our schools are far more interested in funding the athletic activities, football, soccer, basketball, etc. than classes in instrumental and choral, dance and drama! We have declined in so many ways in the last decade. Why? Well, when you leave decisions of the educational endeavors of our schools in the hands of the legislatures, what can you expect? Rogers and Hammerstein wrote a beautiful song for SOUTH PACIFIC….”YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT”. The word “CAREFULLY” has flown out the window of America’s interest in the “Fine arts”!!!!!!!!

  • Curt Carlson

    Why don’t you publish a simple, straightforward listing of the concert program?

  • Ed Rea

    Magnificent program! What a treat after a hard day.

  • John Patrick

    I agree with the earlier posting suggesting that the site should include a simple, straightforward listing of the concert program.

  • Karen Solomon

    Will this be rebroadcast? I agree with two of the earlier postings regarding a simple straightforward listing of the concert program. I missed the first hour and would love to see it again. What I did see was magnificient!

  • Mary Catherine Edwards

    I enjoyed this celebration so much! It brought back fond memories of my four summers spent at Tanglewood
    as a violinist in the seventies. Thankyou, and please broadcast it again!

  • Saul Cohen

    My wife and I enjoyed the concert thoroughly in person; it was a magnificent evening!! But we had to tape it to see the broadcast since we couldn’t watch it tonight; we were back at Tanglewood enjoying an exceptional Bach concert with Pinchas Zuckerman.

  • Chrys Rudnik

    Just finished watching the concert on Chicago’s PBS station WTTW. I sat enjoying every minute of it. A copy of the program would be nice, too. But I did like that titles and composers were flashed on the screen. Also liked the history segment. Although I was familiar with Tangelwood and watched many of their concerts, I did not know the details. Now I will appreciate it even more. I hope it gets a replay.

  • Monika Goodwin

    I didn’t catch the whole program and would love to be able to see the whole program. will it be shown again?

  • Michele McTernan

    Just another vote for making this available online. Please!

  • Dudley Cook

    I’d love to know WHICH of the 2 pianists in the list of performers on the August 10th broadcast gave that delightful rendition of F.J.Haydn’ Piano Concerto in D, Ax or Serkin ? I gave up trying to find the answer on this site.

    If a simple program listing would show this, would you PLEASE provide it ?

    If I should be able to hear that performance again on this site, please tell me HOW to do so.

  • marilou lieman

    what a delightful program…and I missed it. my recorder opted only for olympic coverage on the 10th. please, please reschedule or put it online. and one more please….please let me know. thank you.

  • Kay

    Please re broadcast and send heads up.

  • Mary

    Please repeat the Tanglewood Program or provide it on a video. I set my VCR to record, however, it appears that with all of this new cable jazz one has to have some sort of cable box for an additional fee to have recorded programs!! I ended up with a recording of the Olympics. I have basic cable service because I would rather have monthly payments made to my PBS station in NYC & NJ. I would be happy to purchase a DVD of this program if and when it becaomes available.Once I have viewed my DVD”s to saturation, I then donate them to my library. Thank you

  • Joan

    James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma and Peter Serkin! What a treat. An absolutely marvelous program for the 75th Anniversary at Tanglewood. And Peter Serkin! He is marvelous. His fingers on the keys of the piano are magical !!!

  • Mary

    Would love to have this repeated. Would also like a copy available for purchase. Thank you for an excellent program!

  • elaine segal

    August 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Anne-Sophie Mutter was wonderful. Just caught the program here in Medford Oregon. My request, please repeat as my VCR refused to give up on the Olympics. The program lifted my spirits..

  • florence pope

    It was a very moving program and I would love the rest of my extended family to see it ….from the 80 year olds to the 4 year olds…..very inspiring! I agree with others who would love to see this whole program available for purchase……..Will it be? I thought Anne Sophie Mutter was outstanding!!!!

  • Kevin Leong

    Loving every moment of this broadcast out here in Honolulu, Hawaii! Mahalo PBS!!

  • Jim

    The program was outstanding! We agree with the other comments above that it would be a great if it could be rebroadcast. Also, my wife and I would love to purchase a copy of the program if/when it becomes available. We actually were in attendance in Tanglewood when it was recorded. Congratulations Tanglewood on 75 years and PBS on your consistent offering of high quality entertainment.

  • Jeannie McCluskey

    Please rebroadcase this concert – many of us bi-costals long for the long beautiful summers in the Berkshires and the magic that is Tanglewood. Unfortunately many of us missed this airing. Many thanks for making this anniversary a memorable part of your Great Performances series. Thank you contributors.

  • Heather

    I missed the broadcast and wondered if it would be broadcast again on WGBH Boston ??

  • david ernst

    Dear John,

    We heard you and other viewers so we posted just a straight-forward program page which you can access in the “IN THIS EPISODE” box in the upper right hand corner of this page or by clicking on the following link: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/tanglewood-75th-anniversary-celebration/the-program/1380/.

    Hope this helps.

  • . John Proudian

    Please make a DVD recording of the75th Anniversary concert available for purchase. Thank you.

  • Alexander Torok

    wish to purchase CD or DVD

  • Claire DiBlasi

    Yes please! We would love to have a DVD made available for purchase.

  • TomR

    Will this be available for purchase?

  • david ernst

    Hi Tom,

    Unfortunately a DVD was not made for this performance, but we do have the entire show available on our website. Click the VIDEO tab above and then “Full Episodes” to see all the complete programming we have available including Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration.

    Thank you for your question.

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