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Tanglewood 2015
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Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home located in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, had its beginnings in 1936 when the BSO gave its first outdoor concerts in the area, a three-concert series held under a tent for a total crowd of 15,000. 

In 1937, the BSO returned to the Berkshires for an all-Beethoven program, but this time at Tanglewood, the 210-acre estate donated by the Tappan family, initiating a new era in the history of the American summer music festival. In 1938, the 5,100-seat Shed was inaugurated, giving the BSO a permanent, open-air structure in which to perform at Tanglewood. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed in the Koussevitzky Music Shed every summer since, except for the war years 1942-45, and Tanglewood has become a place of pilgrimage to millions of concertgoers. 

The 1986 acquisition of the Highwood estate next to Tanglewood increased the festival's public grounds by 40 percent and allowed for the construction of Seiji Ozawa Hall, which opened in 1994 along with the Leonard Bernstein Campus, which became the center for most Tanglewood Music Center activities. Ozawa Hall serves not only as a performance home for the Tanglewood Music Center, but as a modern venue for the BSO's varied recital and chamber music offerings. 

Tanglewood annually attracts more than 300,000 visitors for orchestral and chamber music concerts, instrumental and vocal recitals, student performances and the annual Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as performances by popular and jazz artists. The season offers not only a vast quantity of music, but also a vast range of musical forms and styles, all of it presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique. 

In 2012, Tanglewood celebrated its 75th anniversary, and the season began with the same program that launched the venue on August 5, 1937: an all-Beethoven program.

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead six Tanglewood programs during the summer of 2015: his inaugural season.

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