Tanglewood Too

Adjunct Events at the BSO’s Great Music Festival in the Berkshires

The leafy setting of the BSO's Seiji Ozawa Hall
The leafy setting of the BSO's Seiji Ozawa Hall

While picnics on the lawn outside the big Koussevitsky Music Shed are the principle attraction for those who journey to Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s iconic summer music festival in western Massachusetts, audiences should not overlook another option.  Also on the grounds is Seiji Ozawa Hall, a handsome acclaimed wood auditorium.  Housing the BSO’s Fellowship Program and hosting concerts and programs, the Ozawa offers concert-goers an additional venue and line-up.

Seiji Ozawa Hall is recognized for its architectural and acoustic qualities
Seiji Ozawa Hall is recognized for its architectural and acoustic qualities
Performances in Ozawa Hall range from quiz shows to full scale symphonies.jpg
Performances in Ozawa Hall range from quiz shows to full scale symphonies.jpg
Ozawa Hall seats 1200 in the auditorium and balconies
Ozawa Hall seats 1200 in the auditorium and balconies
Ozawa Hall opens  for outdoor audiences to enjoy the performances
Ozawa Hall opens  for outdoor audiences to enjoy the performances

Programs in the Ozawa are varied and inventive.  On this season’s schedule were concerts by the Emerson and the Danish String Quartets and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, broadcasts of NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” and  the “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” quiz show. Male vocal chorus Chanticleer sang and the New York-based orchestra the Knights performed ‘60’s folk music. Barry Humphries, the “other half” of Dame Edna Everage, joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra for an entertaining and informative selection of “decadent music” songs from the Weimar era.  

Concerts can be heard in the open air
Concerts can be heard in the open air
Scenic views accompany the music
Scenic views accompany the music
Picnicking is part of the fun
Picnicking is part of the fun

Many concert-goers pack picnics, simple or elaborate.  In addition, sandwiches and snacks are on sale.  Personal picnics are packed in Tanglewood totes for those who order ahead.  More intimate than the Shed, Seiji Ozawa Hall offers another good reason to travel to Tanglewood.

The food and drinks stand opens for concerts
The food and drinks stand opens for concerts
Light meals can be purchased on site
Light meals can be purchased on site
Plan-ahead picnics are packed in tote bags
Plan-ahead picnics are packed in tote bags
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