September 23, 2017
 
BSO Announces $30M Project to Upgrade Its Tanglewood Campus

February 23, 2017 — The Boston Symphony Orchestra, a Boston nonprofit that is one of the country's premier orchestras, yesterday announced a $30 million project at its Tanglewood campus in Lenox, which will, among other things, create a new four-building complex.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) said the project is part of multi-year fundraising effort to support ongoing Tanglewood building and landscape upgrades aimed at providing an enhanced visitor experience.

Fundraising efforts will also support a special endowment for the BSO's concert activities and other Tanglewood programming, which has been the orchestra's summer home since 1937.

The new multi-use, multi-season building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and be the focal point of a new initiative, the Tanglewood Learning Institute, offering wide-ranging education and enrichment programs.

BOS Managing Director Mark Volpe said, "Tanglewood's new building complex represents a major milestone for the BSO as it furthers its commitment to the Tanglewood Music Center by providing a new state-of-the-art facility to match the extraordinary level of talent exhibited by the Fellows each summer."

He added that the "BSO is committed to ensuring the festival's growth through a new fundraising effort that addresses the many levels of support—including Tanglewood's buildings, grounds, and artistic programming—necessary to keep our cherished festival as vibrant and inspiring as possible."

The BSO did not announce how far advanced the fundraising effort is, nor did it name any major supporters.

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new building complex will be designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, led by William Rawn and Cliff Gayley, and will be the largest building project at Tanglewood since the construction of Ozawa Hall in 1994.

The new building complex will be climate-controlled and made available for use by the Berkshire community during the off-season, the BSO said.

The largest building—a multi-use, multi-season space—will accommodate rehearsal and performance activities with an audience capacity of up to 200, multi-media education and lecture programs, and social and dining events

Additional buildings include a 150-seat dining cafe designed to encourage interaction between musicians and audience members, and two smaller studios providing additional space for rehearsal, performance, and educational activities.

Major improvements will be made to the gate of Ozawa Hall, including a new entranceway. Updated and expanded audience amenities are also part of the new initiatives at Tanglewood

Official groundbreaking for new building complex is set for later this summer.

Last year, 350,000 people visited Tanglewood to hear the BSO, Boston Pops, and non-classical musicians, including James Taylor and Dolly Parton.

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