Williams Writes New Piece for Leonard Bernstein / Tanglewood Concert Dates Announced

John Williams will premiere a new work dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Wednesday. The orchestra announced its 2018 season at Tanglewood, which will be dedicated to the centennial of the birth of Bernstein.

A memorial concert taking place on August 19 will feature an original work by Williams for orchestra and cello, which will be played by Yo-Yo Ma. BSO music director Andris Nelsons will conduct the work.

Williams will conduct other nights during the season, including the annual Tanglewood on Parade (August 7), John Williams’ Film Night (August 11), and a separate concert on August 25 in celebration of Bernstein.

Tickets to all Tanglewood events go on sale Sunday, January 28, 2018 to the general public.

John Williams’ Tanglewood 2018 schedule:

TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS, Charles Dutoit, Keith Lockhart and Bramwell Tobey – More details

JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Boston Pops Orchestra, BSO and TMCO conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS and Andris Nelsons – More details

THE BERNSTEIN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Various performers and conductors including JOHN WILLIAMS. New work for cello and orchestra, performed by Yo-Yo Ma. – Premiered on August 19 with Andris Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma. – More details

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