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 19, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Underscore Friday Concert
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 20, 2019
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Gershwin & Stravinsky
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 20, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Elgar & Puts
Lenox, MA
Sun
Jul 21, 2019
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Gershwin & Stravinsky
Lenox, MA
Tue
Jul 23, 2019
8:00 PM
Tanglewood On Parade
Lenox, MA
Fri
Jul 26, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons & Paul Lewis - Shostakovich, Mozart & Ravel
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 27, 2019
10:30 AM
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Die Walkure
Lenox, MA
Sat
Jul 27, 2019
8:00 PM
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Die Walkure
Lenox, MA
Sun
Jul 28, 2019
2:30 PM
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - Die Walkure
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 2, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Ken-David Masur & Joshua Bell - Martinu & Dvorak
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 3, 2019
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Dima Slobodeniouk & Yefim Bronfman - Rachmaninoff & Sibelius
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 3, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Asher Fisch - Schumann, Dorman, Beethoven & Mendelssohn
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 4, 2019
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Dima Slobodeniouk & Yefim Bronfman - Rachmaninoff & Sibelius
Lenox, MA
Mon
Aug 5, 2019
7:00 PM
Train, Goo Goo Dolls & Allen Stone
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 9, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Leonidas Kavakos - Beethoven and Dvorak
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 10, 2019
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Thomas Ades & Inon Barnatan - Saturday Morning Open Rehearsal
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 10, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Rafael Payare - Carreno, Rachmaninoff & Brahms
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 11, 2019
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Thomas Ades & Inon Barnatan - Ives and Beethoven
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 11, 2019
7:30 PM
Yo-Yo Ma
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 16, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Pops: Keith Lockhart - Star War's A New Hope
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 17, 2019
10:30 AM
OPEN REHEARSAL: Boston Symphony Orchestra: Francois Xavier Roth - Brahms and Schumann - Open Rehearsal
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 17, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Francois Xavier Roth - Brahms and Schumann
Lenox, MA
Sun
Aug 18, 2019
2:30 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Francois Xavier Roth - Brahms and Schumann
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 23, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Yu-An Chang - Mendelssohn, Ravel and Schubert
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 24, 2019
10:30 AM
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Giancarlo Guerrero - Schoenberg and Beethoven
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 24, 2019
8:00 PM
Boston Pops: David Newman - John Williams Film Night
Lenox, MA
Wed
Aug 28, 2019
7:00 PM
Gladys Knight & The Spinners
Lenox, MA
Thu
Aug 29, 2019
7:00 PM
Squeeze
Lenox, MA
Fri
Aug 30, 2019
7:00 PM
Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo & Melissa Etheridge
Lenox, MA
Sat
Aug 31, 2019
7:00 PM
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Lenox, MA
Sun
Sep 1, 2019
2:30 PM
Reba McEntire
Lenox, MA
Useful Event Info
Venue Address:
297 West St, Lenox, MA
History & Traditions:
Capacity:
5,700
Past Names:
Berkshire Music Center
Date/Year Built/Opened:
1938
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