Tanglewood Music Center - Lenox, MA

The idea for Tanglewood Music Center, a sprawling outdoor venue nestled in the Berkshire Hills, was first conceived in 1934. A group of Berkshire Hills Music Academy summer residents arranged an outdoor-concert series featuring members of the New York Philharmonic, who played under tents for a crowd of 1,500. By 1937, the Tanglewood estate, belonging to the Tappan family, was gifted to Serge Koussevitzky, the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He put on Tanglewood’s first official concert, an all-Beethoven set. Following a thunderstorm that interrupted Tanglewood’s second concert, founders realized the need for a more permanent structure, and thus the music pavilion was born. The building was erected in 1938 and began drawing huge crowds every year. The venue hosts mainly classical music in addition to rock, pop and jazz concerts. Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and also encompasses three music schools.

Tanglewood is a short drive from the Massachusetts State Turnpike (I-90), accessible via Exit 2. There are two large parking lots located at the Main and Lion’s gates and in designated Boston Symphony Orchestra lots on West Street and Hawthorne Road.

There’s a casual café at the venue, located between the Shed and the Lion’s gate, and a grill located inside the Main Gate next to the Glass House 1 Gift Shop. Guests can also order picnics to go from the Events Services Department. Head to Church Street, less than 2 miles away, for several dining and tavern options, or to Main Street, less than 5 miles away, to find ice cream, Italian, seafood and more.
Fri
Jul 20, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Herbert Blomstedt & Emanuel Ax - All Mozart Program
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
10:30 AM
Thomas Ades & Christian Tetzlaff
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 21, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Herbert Blomstedt - Mozart, Bernstein & Haydn
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Jul 22, 2018
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Thomas Ades & Christian Tetzlaff - Ades & Sibelius
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Fri
Jul 27, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Juanjo Mena & Garrick Ohlsson - Britten, Mozart & Brahms
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 28, 2018
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Juanjo Mena & Gil Shaham - Haydn, Prokofiev & Mozart
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 28, 2018
8:00 PM
West Side Story - Film with Live Orchestra
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Jul 29, 2018
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Juanjo Mena & Gil Shaham - Prokofiev
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Wed
Aug 1, 2018
8:00 PM
Thomas Ades
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 3, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Ken-David Masur & Kirill Gerstein - Glinka, Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 4, 2018
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Dima Slobodeniouk & Joshua Bell - Borodin & Prokofiev
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 4, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Bramwell Tovey & Nadine Sierra - Bernstein & Sibelius
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 5, 2018
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Dima Slobodeniouk & Joshua Bell
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Tue
Aug 7, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops Orchestra - Ravel, Gershwin & Tchaikovsky
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 10, 2018
7:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Jamie Bernstein - Young People's Concert
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 11, 2018
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Michael Tilson Thomas & Igor Levit - Rachmaninoff & Mahler
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 11, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Pops: Andris Nelsons - John Williams Film Night
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 12, 2018
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Michael Tilson Thomas & Igor Levit - Rachmaninoff & Mahler
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 17, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Yefim Bronfman - Beethoven & Shostakovich
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 18, 2018
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Yo-Yo Ma - Copland, Bernstein & Bartok
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 18, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Yo-Yo Ma - All Bernstein Program
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 19, 2018
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Yo-Yo Ma - Copland, Bernstein & Bartok
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 24, 2018
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Susan Graham - Mahler
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 25, 2018
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach & Hanna-Elisabeth Muller - Beethoven
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 25, 2018
8:00 PM
The Bernstein Centennial Celebration
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 26, 2018
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach & Hanna-Elisabeth Muller - Beethoven
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
Sun
Sep 2, 2018
2:30 PM
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Tanglewood
Lenox, MA
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Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
297 West St, Lenox, MA
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History & Traditions:
Capacity:
5,700
Past Names:
Berkshire Music Center
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1938
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