Tanglewood Institute | Summer Under the Stars

Located in Lenox, Tanglewood has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 1937 and also serves as the campus for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. The beautiful 210-acre campus includes two concert venues and hosts a variety of musical festivals, concerts and special events throughout the summer, drawing in more than 350,000 visitors each year.


Music Halls

The first concert venue built at Tanglewood, the Koussevitzky Music Shed is named after the BSO’s conductor at the time they began spending their summers in the Berkshires, Serge Koussevitzky. Built in 1938, the 5,700 seat open-air concert hall has hosted the BSO every summer since its construction.

Also on property is the small, yet intimate 1,200 seat Seiji Ozawa Hall. Named for the BSO conductor of 29 years, Ozawa Hall is known for its world-class acoustics. Listed as one of the four Best Concert Halls ever built in the U.S. and the 13th Best Concert Hall in the world (Leo Beranek’s Concert Halls and Opera Houses), Ozawa Hall’s back wall opens up to provide viewing from an outside lawn, making it the perfect place to spend a summer night under the stars while enjoying one of the world’s premier orchestras.

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus performing Berlioz's Requim at Tanglewood conducted by Charles Dutoit on 7.9.11 (Stu Rosner)Boston Symphony Orchestra

Entertaining since 1881, the BSO is one of the country’s  five major symphony orchestras known as the “Big Five.” Every summer since 1937 the BSO has left the city of Boston behind and headed west to Tanglewood in the Berkshire Mountains.

Currently conducted by Andris Nelsons, the orchestra performs throughout the summer with countless guest vocalists, conductors and featured musicians such as international superstars Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax.

In addition to classical music, Tanglewood hosts the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival and is also frequented by Lenox resident and American musical legend James Taylor.

Music Schools

Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood (Hilary Scott)Tanglewood is also home to two prestigious musical schools that attract the top talent from around the country, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI).

Established in 1940, the Tanglewood Music Center provides a unique, in-depth musical experience for emerging professional musicians, from instrumentalists and singers to conductors and composers. Throughout the summer guests can enjoy a wide range of concerts and plays performed by the rising stars.

Tanglewood is also home to BUTI, an internationally recognized training program for aspiring high school musicians. Under the guidance of distinguished professionals, young musicians spend the summer engaged in a learning experience like no other as they prepare for the future as a musician.

With the BSO and two world-class musical schools taking up residence at the Tanglewood Institute each summer there are as many as 15 concerts available for the public to attend each week, making a trip to Lenox a must for anyone vacationing in the Berkshires.

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