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Tanglewood Learning Institute | Full Tilt

Our Full Tilt August lineup celebrates two artists who both, in their time, broke the mold of what was regarded as the “typical” composer. Tanglewood Learning Institute will bring these creators and their artistic genius to the forefront for a new generation of adventurous audiences in the present day. Join us in exploring the compelling—and subversive—legacies of John Cage and Joseph Bologne.

Tanglewood Learning Institute | O'Keeffe Weekend

Georgia O’Keeffe once said her art was meant to express “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” For many, her art epitomizes America’s stark, contemplative, wide-open spaces. While millions have been moved by her towering accomplishments as a visual artist, her legacy reaches far beyond the canvas. O’Keeffe’s spirit, personality, and unique sensibility have manifested themselves in popular songs, stunning photographs, and a treasure trove of letters. More than 30 years after her death, we remain firmly in the thrall of her legacy.

Tanglewood Learning Institute | New Doors

Henry Lee Higginson, founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, famously described his desire to have the BSO “open wide the doors” by making performances available to the broadest possible audience. On June 22, we’re opening them even wider with the debut of Tanglewood Learning Institute—an amalgam of events and interactions that will propel your experience of music into a new dimension.

In this inaugural summer, TLI invites you to explore new terrain and new takes on beloved works. From a subversive celebration of cabaret to a journey through the political landscape of Verdi’s Italy, our season spans dozens of thought-provoking and provocative programs: here are three.

Tanglewood Learning Institute | Wagner Weekend

Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones fans may be surprised (and delighted) to learn that their beloved fantasy series shares several thematic elements with Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Palace intrigue, impassioned characters—and, yes, incest—factor into both epics; each tale offers a compelling study of power that sheds insight on today’s political climate. If you turned off your television (or closed your laptop) on May 19th with the sinking realization that GoT was indeed over, do not despair. The Tanglewood Learning Institute is coming to your rescue with our Wagner Weekend (July 26- 28), which includes events inspired by Wagner’s Die Walküre as well as a performance of the opera that will satisfy the most ravenous appetites for grand, mythic narratives.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Appoints Sue Elliott as Director of the New Tanglewood Learning Institute

Ms. Elliott's wide-ranging background-she's held high level creative, administrative, and academic positions at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Seattle Opera, and Houston Grand Opera-includes decades of experience in the fields of music education, community engagement, creative program building, and distance learning, making her an ideal person to take on the role of Director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Sue Elliott will work directly with Anthony Fogg, William I. Bernell BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood.