Tanglewood: 2018 Season — ‘Bernstein Centennial Summer’ / Tickets on Sale






The 2018 Tanglewood Season, June 15-September 2, is dedicated to the spirit of Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth, with programs celebrating his iconic stature as one of the great artistic figures of the 20th century and his immeasurable contribution to the Tanglewood festival from 1940 to 1990

2018 Tanglewood season, entitled Bernstein Centennial Summer—Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood!, to spotlight Bernstein’s inspiring talents as a composer, conductor, and educator, and as a supreme innovator and cultural influencer of the 20th century.


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As the culmination of a year-long worldwide celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the 2018 Tanglewood season, entitled Bernstein Centennial Summer—Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood!, will pay tribute to Bernstein’s legacy as a consummate artistic figure of the 20th century and his incomparable contribution to the Tanglewood festival from 1940 to 1990. As one of the places most closely associated with Leonard Bernstein, Tanglewood, June 15-September 2, will honor this towering musical figure with concerts showcasing his singular contributions as a multifaceted composer for orchestra, Broadway, and film; a brilliant programmer and conductor of the world’s great orchestras; and an innovative and provocative educator through his widely popular Young People’s Concerts and lectures. Bernstein’s close relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra spanned a half-century, from the time he became a protégé of legendary BSO conductor and Tanglewood founder Serge Koussevitzky as a member of the first Tanglewood Music Center class in 1940, until the final concerts he ever conducted with the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1990. For a detailed history of Bernstein’s relationship with the BSO and Tanglewood, click here.

From “The Leonard Bernstein Letters”: excerpt from a letter of September 1940, following Bernstein’s summer as a Conducting Fellow studying with Serge Koussevitzky in the inaugural year of the Tanglewood Music Center:

“This summer to me was beauty—beauty in work, and strength of purpose, and cooperation. I am full of humility and gratitude for having shared so richly in it. These last six weeks have been the happiest and most productive of my life. I have been able, for the first time, to concentrate completely on my main purpose…” 

Leonard Bernstein Works Being Performed as Part of the 2018 Tanglewood Season The Bernstein Centennial Summer—Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood! will feature the following works by Leonard Bernstein throughout the 2018 Tanglewood season: Fancy Free (1944); On the Town (1944); Facsimile, Choreographic Essay for Orchestra (1946); Trouble in Tahiti (1951); Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”), for violin and orchestra (1954); Candide (1956); West Side Story (1957); Chichester Psalms (1965); Songfest (1977); Three Meditations from Mass, for cello and orchestra (1977); Divertimento for Orchestra (1980); Ḥalil, Nocturne for flute and orchestra (1981); A Quiet Place (1983); Opening Prayer (Benediction) (1986); Variations on an Octatonic Scale, for flute and cello (1989); and selected chamber, vocal, and choral works. In addition, there will also be performances of many works central to Bernstein’s life as a conductor and pianist, including Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Copland Symphony No. 3, Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3, Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and music by Mozart, Haydn, and Sibelius.



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