As we scanned through the Tanglewood summer schedule, we noted the many exciting events and wonderful guests scheduled to appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of this, the festival’s 75th anniversary season. We looked closer and noticed that the great pianist Emanuel Ax (pictured) would be performing on July 23 with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, which is made up of the gifted students who come to learn and play at the festival. Then we read the fine print, which revealed that Ax would be featured on Arnold Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto.
This is a wonderful and rare thing, and we got excited.
We are not going to harrumph about the “inaccessibility” charge that is unjustly leveled of the music of Schoenberg; we will simply point out that the Piano Concerto is a powerful, compelling and entertaining work. And this is a superb opportunity to experience it, in the company of two other great works of 20th-century modernism: Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England.
Pianist Emanuel Ax will perform with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Monday (July 23) at 8 PM in Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox, Mass.). Tickets are $11 (lawn) to $53. For more info, call (413) 637-1600.