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In a setting of natural beauty, the Boston Symphony's summer home hosts world-renowned guest conductors and soloists..
The warm-weather performance space of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was the Berkshire estate of the appliance-making Tappan family. In 1936, the family officially presented its gift to BSO; after a mid-performance downpour in August 1937, the orchestra held a fundraising drive and built a concert hall with a roof, the Koussevitzky Music Shed.
The Shed (as it is commonly known) is a hangar-like structure with a fan-shaped roof that covers a few rows of actual seats; more listeners picnic on the lawn beyond. The newest facility at the Tanglewood complex, Seiji Ozawa Concert Hall, opened in 1994 and is named for the orchestra's long-tenured music director. It's a large, breadbox-like theater that is open at the back to also allow patrons to hear concerts in the open air. Seasons run June to September.
Tanglewood Not to Be Missed. Tanglewood offers a wonderful array of artists. The grounds are beautiful. You can enjoy an outdoor picinic or sit inside the gorgeous theater while listening to the concerts.
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