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Tanglewood Music Festival - 2005 Season

The 2005 Tanglewood season opens with appearances by James Taylor, the Juilliard String Quartet, and Chanticleer, a live broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the third year of the Tanglewood Music Center's innovative collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and a Boston Early Music Festival Production of Johann Mattheson's Baroque opera Boris Goudenow, June 24 to July 7 in Lenox, Mass.

On Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25 (both performances at 7 p.m. in the Theatre), the Boston Early Music Festival returns to Tanglewood with a new production of Johann Mattheson's Baroque opera Boris Goudenow. The work - written in 1710 but never performed because of political reasons - received its world premiere in Hamburg in January 2005, and will be performed in Boston by the BEMF this month; these performances mark only the third time the work has been heard. This Baroque-style production will feature the BEMF Opera Orchestra and Chorus, a troupe of BEMF Baroque dancers, the PALS Children's Chorus of New England, and an acclaimed cast of vocal soloists including bass Vadim Kravets singing the title role, soprano Nell Snaidas as Olga, bass Olivier Laquerre as Theodorus Ivanowitz, soprano Ellen Hargis as Irina, soprano Catherine Webster as Axina, tenor Colin Balzer as Gavust, tenor Julian Podger as Josennah, bass-baritone Marek Rzepka as Fedro, tenor Aaron Sheehan as Ivan, and tenor William Hite as Bogda. BEMF's music directors are Stephen Stubbs and Paul O'Dette, and its executive director is Kathleen Fay. Boris Goudenow will feature stage direction by Lucy Graham and Nils Niemann, set design by David Cockayne, choreography by Lucy Graham, lighting design by Lenore Doxsee, and costumes by Anna Watkins.

For the third consecutive summer, this year's Seiji Ozawa Hall season opens with two evenings of dance and music (Sunday, June 26, and Monday, June 27, both at 8:30 p.m.) featuring the Tanglewood Music Center and the Mark Morris Dance Group. This year's edition of the celebrated collaboration breaks new ground with the world premiere of Cargo, a new dance choreographed especially for Tanglewood by Mr. Morris to Milhaud's La Création du monde. Stefan Asbury conducts this special program, which features Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center - both instrumentalists and vocalists - accompanying members of the Mark Morris Dance Group in original dances including Somebody's Coming to See Me Tonight, set to selected songs of Foster; Mosaic and United, set to Cowell's String Quartet No. 3, Mosaic, and String Quartet No. 4, United; and Lucky Charms, set to Ibert's Divertissement.

On Friday, July 1, at 8:30 p.m., the Juilliard String Quartet returns to Seiji Ozawa Hall for a program of Haydn's Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5, Bartók's Quartet No. 5, and Dvorák's Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, American.

Garrison Keillor will host a live broadcast of Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion from the Koussevitzky Music Shed on Saturday, July 2, at 5:45 p.m. The now-annual event has become the wildly popular radio program's season finale and a Tanglewood tradition since the program's first live broadcast there in 1998.

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood for two concerts on Monday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 5, both at 7 p.m. in the Shed. The Fourth-of-July concert will be followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge Bowl.

Chanticleer, the heralded San Francisco-based male vocal ensemble, explores the glories of womanhood, from moving tributes to the Virgin Mary to bawdy drinking songs, with Women, Saintly and Otherwise, on Thursday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. This evening of a cappella song includes works by Josquin, Monteverdi, and Poulenc, and the first complete performance of Augusta Read Thomas' 2004 Purple Syllables, written by Ms. Thomas for the ensemble.

The Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony's advanced music academy for young performers and composers, holds its 2005 Opening Exercises on Sunday, July 3, at 2:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center will present the TMC's annual String Quartet Marathon on Monday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall (three two-hour performances), and a chamber music concert on Sunday, July 3, at 10 a.m. in Ozawa Hall. The first Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra concert of the 2004 season will be at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, in Ozawa Hall. Conductor Kurt Masur leads this program, which includes French composer Henri Dutilleux's BSO-commissioned The shadows of time, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, Classical, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is located in Lenox, Mass. The 2005 season begins June 24 and continues through Labor Day weekend, concluding with the annual Jazz Festival. Tickets for the Boston Early Music Festival production of Boris Goudenow are priced at $36, $51, and $71. Tickets for the Tanglewood Music Center collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group on June 26 and 27 are priced at $41, $51, and $66, with lawn tickets available at $17. Tickets for the Juilliard String Quartet on July 1are priced at $29, $37, and $46, with lawn tickets available at $16. Tickets for the Prairie Home Companion live broadcast at Tanglewood on July 2 are priced at $36, $51, and $66, with lawn tickets available at $17.50. Tickets for James Taylor on July 4 and 5 are priced at $53 and $76, with lawn tickets available at $22. Tickets for the Chanticleer concert on July 7 are priced at $29, $37, and $46, with lawn tickets available at $16. Tickets for Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Ozawa Hall concerts are priced at $26, with lawn tickets available at $11. Tickets for other TMC concerts are $11. The Tanglewood Music Center's Opening Exercises on July 3 are free.

To charge tickets to a major credit card, call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, or Ticketmaster in Boston at 617-931-2000; in New York City at 212-307-7171; in western Massachusetts at 413-733-2500; and in all other areas at 800-347-0808. Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood's Main Gate on West Street in Lenox, Mass. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, personal checks, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. Through June 28, the Tanglewood Box Office is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Beginning June 29, the Tanglewood Box Office is open every day at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. for Open Rehearsals) and closed at 6 p.m. on non-concert evenings, at intermission for Shed concerts, and 30 minutes after the start of concerts at Ozawa Hall. Please note that Open Rehearsal subscriptions, Lawn Pass Books, and student discount tickets are available only at the Main Gate Box Office (not at the other Tanglewood box offices). Tickets may also be purchased online through the Boston Symphony Orchestra's website at www.bso.org, powered by EMC Corporation. There is a service charge for each ticket purchased on line or by phone.
This summer, Tanglewood continues its Children's Lawn Ticket Program, offering free lawn tickets for children under the age of 12. Up to four free children's tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office the day of the concert. Children admitted without charge must sit with their parent/legal guardian on the lawn, and those under age 5 must sit on the rear half of the lawn. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Seiji Ozawa Hall, or the Theatre during concerts. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. This policy does not apply to organized groups of children.

New this summer, if it is raining on the day of selected concerts, patrons can upgrade a lawn ticket at the Box Office. A $10 per ticket upgrade exchanges a lawn ticket for a seat in the rear of the Koussevitzky Music Shed. A $20 per ticket upgrade exchanges for seats in the middle of the Shed. The lawn ticket rain upgrade is valid for all regularly priced BSO concerts in the Shed and the two Boston Pops concerts conducted by Keith Lockhart. Upgrading lawn tickets for Shed seating is subject to availability. More details will be available at the beginning of the season.

Tanglewood is pleased to offer a 50-percent discount on lawn tickets for all BSO Friday-evening concerts for students over 12. This offer is valid only with student I.D. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Main Box Office only on the night of the performance.

Tanglewood concerts are broadcast live on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons in Boston on WCRB 102.5 FM, in Albany on WAMC 90.3 FM, and in Connecticut on WMNR 88.1 FM; in addition, Sunday afternoon concerts are broadcast in Boston on WGBH 89.7 FM. Tanglewood is handicapped-accessible.

In consideration of all patrons, Tanglewood offers a smoke-free environment. Designated smoking areas are marked outside the Tanglewood entrance gates.

All programs and artists are subject to change. For further information on Tanglewood, including complete concert programs, call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 413-637-5165. Tanglewood is on the Internet at www.bso.org, powered by EMC Corporation.