Andris Nelsons, conductor; Christoph Eschenbach, conductor; Keith Lockhart, conductor; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; John Williams, conductor; Audra McDonald, soloist; Midori, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Kian Soltani, cello; Nadine Sierra, soprano; Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jessica Vosk, vocalist; Tony Yazbeck, vocalist; James Darrah, director
Reflecting the season-long theme, The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood will spotlight Bernstein’s wide-ranging talents as a composer, his many gifts as a great interpreter and champion of other composers, and his role as an inspirer of a new generation of musicians and music lovers across the country and around the globe. The gala concert will feature a kaleidoscopic array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway. The entire first half of the program is dedicated to selections from such brilliant Bernstein works as Candide, West Side Story, Mass, and Serenade. Music from the classical canon very dear to Bernstein’s heart-selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and music by Copland – plus a new work by John Williams, makes up a good portion of the program’s second half; the finale of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony brings the program to a dramatic close.