The 2017 Tanglewood season, June 18-Labor Day Weekend, offers visitors an exceptional lineup of performances and musical activities for music lovers of every age, highlighted by 10 programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons and major new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities, including some to enjoy before and after selected performances throughout the summer.
“FOUR VOICES” featuring JOAN BAEZ, MARY SHAPIN CARPENTER, AMY RAY, and EMILY SALIERS
The “Four Voices” tour was born from a friendship between Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray, and Emily Saliers.
with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carpenter
Born October 7, 1951, in Seymour, Indiana, John Mellencamp fell in love with music at an early age and was gigging in local bars and fronting a soul band by the time he was 14.
Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant makes her Tanglewood debut on Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m., bringing her distinctive voice and style to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Ms. Merchant, who began her career with alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981, has released seven solo albums-most recently Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (released in November 2015), a collection of all-new recordings revisiting Merchant’s multi-platinum solo debut Tigerlily, originally released in 1995.
James Taylor and his All-Star Band return to Tanglewood for performances on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, 2017 each at 8 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
The July 4 concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl in celebration of the Independence Day holiday.
THE AVETT BROTHERS
On Friday, September 1, American folk-rock band The Avett Brothers-named for brothers Scott and Seth Avett-make their Tanglewood debut. Hailing from Concord, North Carolina, The Avett Brothers released their ninth studio album, True Sadness, in the summer of 2016; it topped Billboard charts and scored two Grammy nominations. Recently, they were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and continue to be revered as one of the top folk-rock acts in the country.