Tanglewood cancels 2020 season; announce Online Festival

The Berkshires will be a little quieter this summer, as the Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced they will not hold live performances and educational programs at Tanglewood this summer. The 2020 season was set to kick off on June 19 and run through August 27.

In an effort to keep the spirit of the storied music season alive, Tanglewood will be offering a wide range of newly created and retrospective content with the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival.

The festival will include both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase. Video and audio streams begin on Tanglewood.org July 1, with the ability to purchase starting on June 15. The groundbreaking digital series of audio and video streams includes newly created content to be recorded at Tanglewood’s Linde Center in June and July.

Ticket holders to Tanglewood performances this summer who donate more than $100 worth of tickets to the BSO will receive complimentary access to the complete selection of paid and archival Tanglewood digital content and a tax receipt for the total ticket value contributed. Donations made by August 31 will also be matched by a group of generous donors who have joined together to help support musical artists and programs in these unprecedented times, amplifying your impact.

Tickets for this year’s performances will be honored for the postponed date next year. Reschedule dates include:

  • Ringo Star (6/19/20), rescheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Trey Anastasio with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart (6/20/20), rescheduled for Friday, June 18, 2021
  • Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie (6/21/20), rescheduled for Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • Brandi Carlile (6/26/20), 2021 date TBA
  • Patti Labelle and Darlene Love (6/27/20), 2021 date TBA
  • The Mavericks with Los Lobos (6/28/20), 2021 date TBA
  • James Taylor (7/4/20), rescheduled for his annual July 4th performance during the 2021 season
  • Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! with Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis (8/27/20), rescheduled for Thursday, August 26, 2021
  • John Legend with special guests The War and Treaty (8/28/20), 2021 date TBA

An overview of Tanglewood’s 2020 Online Festival programming can be found here.

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