A Brief History Of The Tanglewood Music Festival

As 2018 season tickets are about to go on sale, many people all around the nation are becoming anxious to take part in the Tanglewood Music Festival. For those who are unfamiliar with the Tanglewood and its music season that it takes part in, there is quite a vast history that dates back to almost a century. This history is full of bountiful, beautiful music and wonder, and it draws in audiences by the thousands every single year to date. In this article, we are going to give you a brief play by play of the history of Tanglewood, and it’s music festival(s) that take place annually, bringing people together for the love and pleasure of listening to fantastic music. With that said, let’s dive right in, and learn about the history of this amazing venue.

What Is Tanglewood?

Tanglewood is actually a music venue that is located in the western portions of Massachusetts. In fact, the venue actually spans the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge, making it a vast and prominent space. The venue itself is also home to three different musical institutes, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Days in the Arts, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. The venue has taken on many forms in the years it has been up and running, and as we eluded to before, has been the home of various festivals, concerts, and other appearances by artists in the industry from all aspects.

Where It All Began

Although the venue itself that we see today was not created and built until 1937, the first seasons on record that included a variety of concerts actually took place back in 1934-1935. The prosperity and popularity of the Tanglewood venue actually began once the era of the Boston Symphony Orchestra began, which was in 1936; This era is still continues on today, as the Boston Symphony Orchestra puts on various performances throughout the season. As the years have gone on, Tanglewood has seen a plethora of music directors come and go. As of now, the current music director is Andris Nelsons, who has been the director since 2014.

What To Expect When You Make Your Way To Tanglewood

Unlike festivals that we often hear about or attend during the warm summer months, this festival actually takes place for about 2 to 3 months, and it is considered their music season which is conducted annually. Throughout this span during the summer, you can see a wide variety of different musicians and artists from all different genres, including pop, jazz, opera, and performances by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. You won’t believe the amazing talent and the wide span of music that you can listen to when you attend this music festival.

As we have mentioned, there is quite a lot to take in when you make your way to the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. Whether you are wanting to take one of their several training programs available, or whether you just want to attend one of the many concerts and appearances that take place, there are many things to do and learn at the Tanglewood venue. You can find plenty of information about the upcoming events via the Tanglewood website, as well as find information and pricing for tickets. Get ready to plan your trip to the 2018 Tanglewood Music Festival, and experience all the beauty that is classical music.

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