Tanglewood | Lenox, MA
Tanglewood Music Center celebrates the 90th birthday of one of its most beloved figures, John Williams, in a special program featuring a selection of his incomparable concert music composed for the BSO and Boston Pops, along with beloved film themes. Join the BSO and an all-star lineup of exceptional guest artists as they salute this inimitable musical icon on Saturday, August 20th 2022, in an evening of brilliant music and special surprises. Featuring performances by percussionist Martin Grubinger, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, vocalist James Taylor, bassist Eric Revis and harpist Jessica Zhou.
Featuring Conductor Ken-David Masu, Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Percussionist Martin Grubinger, possibly the best multi-percussionist of the world, Martin Grubinger possesses an unusually broad repertoire ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who's multi-faceted career, is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Yo-Yo strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Branford has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, and North Carolina Symphonies and the Boston Pops, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem and Vaughn Williams.
Vocalist James Taylor, over the course of his long career, he has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and 5 Grammy Awards for a catalog running from 1970s Sweet Baby James to his Grammy Award-winning efforts in Hourglass, from 1997 and, October Road, in 2002. For his accomplishments, James was honored with the 1998 Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest accolade, bestowed for distinguished creative achievement. In 2000, he was inducted into both the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
Bassist Eric Revis, one of the most talented and accomplished musicians of his generation, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis has firmly established himself as an important voice in jazz. Branford Marsalis states, “Eric’s sound is the sound of doom; big, thick, and percussive.”
BSO principal harpist, Jessica Zhou, joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2009, occupying the Nicholas and Thalia Zervis Chair. In 2001, Ms. Zhou became the first and only Chinese harpist ever to win top prizes in three of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world, including the Prix du Jury at the 3rd Concours International de Harpe Lily Laskine in Deauville, France; fourth prize in the USA International Harp Competition, and second prize at the 14th International Harp Contest in Israel.