Tanglewood’s announces cast changes for 2022 season

Leonidas Kavakos (Photo credit: Marco Borggreve)

As the summer residence of Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, the Tanglewood Music Center, in western Massachusetts, presents its 2022 season with an impressive line-up of artists. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, however, the artists had to retire.

For example, for tonight’s opening concert, the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet retired following a death in the family. He will be replaced by the pianist Yuja Wang.

A regular performer at Tanglewood since 1992, Thibaudet was to appear in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “The Age of Anxiety”, named after a poem of the same title by WH Auden. With the intervention of Wang, the program will instead offer the first piano concerto by Franz Liszt.

Bernstein will nevertheless remain represented: the concert will begin with his piece Opening Prayera setting of a Hebrew blessing, which will be sung by the baritone Jack Canfield. To complete the program, Stravinsky The Rite of Springwith driver andris nelson at the bar.

Absolutely thrilled to be heading to Tanglewood and playing Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for the opening night concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestraand Andris Nelsons,” Wang wrote on social media. “My thoughts are with my colleague Jean-Yves Thibaudet who had to withdraw from Tanglewood this weekend due to a death in the family.”

Later in the summer, on August 7, the violinist Leonidas Kavakos will intervene for Pamela Franck who had to withdraw due to ongoing complications from COVID-19.

She was to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, which Kavakos will keep on the program. The rest of the program with the Bostom Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Adès will include the Shanty – Above the sea and Holst The planets.

To see Tanglewood’s full lineup this summer, click here.

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