Photo by Michael Dwyer
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is heading to its summer home at Tanglewood from June 18 through Sept. 3, and per usual, it’s bringing in tons of special guests, from Yo-Yo Ma (Aug. 3, 6 and 17) to 13-year-old Grammy-nominated piano prodigy Joey Alexander (June 23) to famed film composer John Williams (July 16, Aug. 1 and 19). But the orchestra is also highlighting musicians of a different breed—make that different species—in Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music (July 27-30), a first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon that will pair bird walks with music inspired by avian song, including movements from Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue of the Birds. A word of warning to night owls: Some of these performances start as early as 7 am.
Of course, you don’t have to head all the way to the Berkshires to enjoy an al fresco orchestral performance. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is once again bringing free Wednesday night concerts to the Hatch Shell from July 19 through Aug. 23. Pack a picnic and don’t miss the globe-trotting Anthems of the World program on Aug. 9, which includes the world premiere of a commission created by youth from local nonprofit ZUMIX and composer Gonzalo Grau. bso.org / landmarksorchestra.org