“home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra”
Tanglewood is a music venue in Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Tanglewood is also home to two music schools, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Besides classical music, Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music, Jazz Festival popular artists concerts, and frequent appearances by James Taylor, John Williams and the Boston Pops. In August 1934, a group of music-loving Berkshire summer residents arranged for members of the New York Philharmonic to perform three outdoor concerts at Interlocken, a successful venture that was repeated in 1935. The Festival Committee then invited Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to take part the following year. The orchestra's Trustees accepted, and on August 13, 1936, the BSO gave its first concerts in the Berkshires, at Holmwood. The three-concert series was given under a large tent for an audience of nearly 15,000.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra's home in the Summer. Tanglewood hosts everything from Prairie Home Companion, to Steely Dan to Yo-Yo Ma and High school graduations. While you can buy tickets in the "shed", thousands of people sit on the lawn and bring a tarp and picnic. Really casual and all alcohol and food is fine to bring in. Parking can be a nightmare, so get there early and hang out before the music starts. Big event: 4th of July with James Taylor every year is epic! Insider tip: sit in the back lawn (behind the house with the bathrooms) to see the fireworks.
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- Sat: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Fri: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Tue - Thu: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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