Boston University Tanglewood Institute Sets 50th Anniversary Programming

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)-one of the premiere summer training programs for aspiring high school and early college-age musicians-announced its 50th Anniversary events today. The 2016 BUTI summer season, which will take place at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, June 20-August 13, features expanded concert programming; a new Opera Intensive featuring two full-length performances of Die Fledermaus; a 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert highlighting alumni and featuring new commissions; a new Visiting Artist Residency Program with composer Nico Muhly and pianist Simone Dinnerstein; workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra including new workshops in violin, viola, and cello; and rich programs of learning and performance. Led by Executive Director Hilary Field Respass, BUTI is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world's great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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 and Ticket Information

West Street TheatreBUTI Main Campus 45 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Chamber Music HallTanglewood Main Grounds 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Koussevitzky Music ShedTanglewood Main Grounds 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Seiji Ozawa HallTanglewood Main Grounds 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Trinity Church88 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Church on the Hill169 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Ventfort Hall104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 02140

50th Anniversary Concert Tickets: $20 - Available in advance at, at the BSO Box Office, or day-of at the Ozawa Hall Gate.

Young Artists Orchestra Ozawa Hall Tickets: $12 - Available in advance at, 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.

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