BU Tanglewood Institute Announces 50th Anniversary Programming

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BUTI celebrates 50th anniversary with expanded programming, Visiting Artists Nico Muhly and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and concerts at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall and Koussevitzky Music Shed. Special 50th Anniversary Celebration on August 6, 2016.

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Over the course of the eight-week season, June 20 through August 13, BUTI students and faculty will perform more than 70 concerts in the Berkshire community, including faculty recitals, solo recitals, chamber music, opera scenes, vocal recitals, a full-length opera, and large ensemble concerts.

A highlight of the summer is the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert on August 6 at Seiji Ozawa Hall at 2:30pm. The dazzling concert will celebrate the legacy and future of BUTI and will showcase students and faculty from BUTI’s Young Artists Programs, alumni guest artists from across the country, new compositions commissioned specially for this concert from alumni Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, and more.

BUTI has launched a new Young Artists Opera Intensive this summer in addition to the established Young Artists Vocal Program. The new opera program was conceived with undergraduate college students in mind and will culminate with a full-length black box version of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus on July 1 and 2 (double cast) at the West Street Theatre on BUTI’s Lenox campus. These performances give the students the unique opportunity to perform a full-length role while they are still undergraduates, enhancing their vocal and physical stamina and providing invaluable performance experience. The opera will be led by music director William Lumpkin and stage director Sarah Meyers. BUTI’s longtime Young Artists Vocal Program for high school students will continue to offer student vocal recitals and performances throughout the summer.

As part of the 50th Anniversary, BUTI is launching a new Visiting Artist Residency Program designed to integrate alumni artists deeply and broadly into the BUTI community as teachers, mentors, and role models. The inaugural Visiting Artists are composer Nico Muhly (BUTI ’96, ’97), who will be in residence July 25–August 6, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein (BUTI ’86, ’87), in residence August 7–13. Muhly and Dinnerstein will teach classes, coach ensembles, talk about their careers, work with composers, share meals with the students, and more. Muhly’s compositions will be played throughout the Young Artists Program. Dinnerstein will perform with the Young Artists Orchestra in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the August 13 Ozawa Hall season finale.

BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chorus will perform a series in Seiji Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitzky Music Shed on the Tanglewood grounds from July 16–August 13. A notable roster of guest conductors will work with these three ensembles including Paul Haas (BUTI ’87, ’88), Lawrence Loh, David J. Martins, Ken-David Masur (BUTI ’96), H. Robert Reynolds, and Katie Woolf (BU ’05).

The Institute’s affiliation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues to be a highlight of the program. BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus will be featured at as part of Tanglewood on Parade on August 2 at 4pm at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Highlights of the 2016 Boston University Tanglewood Institute Performance Calendar:

Faculty Recital Series

June 20–July 26, 2016 | Trinity Church, Lenox
Free concert series featuring BUTI’s faculty. See additional performance calendar for details.

Strauss, Die Fledermaus                               

July 1, 2016, 7:30 PM and July 2, 2016, 2:30 PM | West Street Theatre, Lenox
Full-length performance of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, in English with piano, featuring double cast undergraduate student artists from the Young Artist Opera Intensive. William Lumpkin, music director; Sarah Meyers, stage director.

Young Artists Orchestra | Lawrence Loh, conductor

July 16, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
WAGNER Overture to Die Meistersinger
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Young Artists Wind Ensemble | David J. Martins, conductor

July 17, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
DAHL Sinfonietta
DUKAS Fanfare from La Péri
McTEE Circuits
NELSON Savannah River Holiday
NEWMAN (BUTI ’90) The Rivers of Bowery
SALFELDER Shadows Ablaze

Young Artists Orchestra | Paul Haas, conductor

July 30, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
MAHLER Symphony No. 6

Young Artists Wind Ensemble | H. Robert Reynolds, conductor

July 31, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
BATES (BUTI ‘94) Mothership
ETEZADY (BUTI ‘90) Shoutout
GRAINGER Children’s March
GRAINGER Colonial Song
GRAINGER Shepherd’s Hey
HOLST First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band
STAMP Gvorkna Fanfare
STRAUSS Serenade, op. 7
WAGNER/CAILLIET Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral

Tanglewood on Parade | Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus; Paul Haas and Katie Woolf, conductors

August 2, 2016, 4:00 PM | Koussevitzky Shed, Tanglewood
Featuring performances by the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus

50th Anniversary Concert | Boston University Tanglewood Institute (1966–2016)

August 6, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
Featuring students, faculty, and alumni from BUTI’s Young Artists Programs
Proceeds from this concert will benefit Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Opera Scenes

August 12 & 13, 2016 6:30 PM | West Street Theatre, Lenox
Selection of opera scenes featuring students in the Young Artists Vocal Program

Young Artists Orchestra | Ken-David Masur, conductor

August 13, 2016, 2:30 PM | Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood
ENESCU Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
Simone Dinnerstein (BUTI ’86, ’87), piano
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
With additional performances by guest artists, students, and faculty to be announced

 Venue Information

  • West Street Theatre | BUTI Main Campus | 45 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
  • Chamber Music Hall | Tanglewood Main Grounds | 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
  • Koussevitzky Music Shed | Tanglewood Main Grounds | 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
  • Seiji Ozawa Hall |Tanglewood Main Grounds | 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
  • Trinity Church | 88 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240
  • Church on the Hill | 169 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240
  • Ventfort Hall | 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 02140

 Ticket Information

  • 50th Anniversary Concert Tickets: $20 – Available in advance at bso.org, at the BSO Box Office, or day-of at the Ozawa Hall Gate.
  • Young Artists Orchestra Ozawa Hall Tickets: $12 – Available in advance at bso.org, at the BSO Box Office, or day-of at the Ozawa Hall Gate.
  • All other workshops, recitals, and concerts are free with open seating unless otherwise noted.
  • All artists and programs are subject to change. Please visit bu.edu/tanglewood for updated schedules.

About Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is a program of Boston University College of Fine Arts. BUTI accepts a select group of talented high school and early college-age musicians each summer, inviting them to BU’s 64-acre campus in Lenox, MA, for training programs in orchestra, voice, opera, wind ensemble, piano, composition, and harp, as well as workshops for individual instruments and string chamber music. Led by Executive Director Hilary Field Respass, BUTI is recognized internationally as one of the premiere summer training programs for aspiring high school-age musicians. It is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This year’s student body was selected through a rigorous application and audition process. Auditions are open to high school-aged musicians and, for the opera intensive only, undergraduate-aged singers. Participants are drawn from a field of applicants from the United States and abroad. Founded in 1966, BUTI is a result of the vision of Erich Leinsdorf, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at the time, who invited Boston University College of Fine Arts to create a summer program for high school musicians as a counterpart to the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), then called the Berkshire Music Center. Since its founding BUTI has grown into a preeminent international program for those interested in exploring rigorous, advanced level music instruction. Scores of its alumni have gone on to illustrious careers in music, including dozens who perform in the top orchestras in the country. For more information, visit bu.edu/tanglewood.

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth–largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is a top-tier fine arts institution. Comprised of the School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Visual Arts, CFA offers professional training in the arts in conservatory-style environments for undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students.

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