Tanglewood announces summer 2023 lineup

Popular artists like Steve Miller Band, James Taylor, and Train will visit the Lenox music venue this summer.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the 2023 Tanglewood schedule of programming.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the 2023 Tanglewood schedule of programming. Marco Borggreve

The Boston Symphony Orchestra announced its 2023 summer programming on Wednesday, unveiling a lineup full of classical delights and popular artists set to take the stage at its seasonal home in Lenox starting June 22.

Along with regular visitor James Taylor, who will return July 3 and 4, the 2023 Tanglewood Popular Artists lineup includes a live performance of NPR’s popular news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” (June 22); classic rockers Steve Miller Band and special guest Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (June 23); the oft-touring duo of former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss with special guest JD McPherson (July 2); and early aughts hitmakers Train with special guest Parmalee (Aug. 24).


Beyond the popular artists, there is plenty to see at the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Seiji Ozawa Hall, and the Linde Center for Music and Learning during Tanglewood’s two-month season, which runs through Aug. 27.

BSO concerts kick off for the season on July 7 with conductor Andris Nelsons leading the orchestra in renditions of Wynton Marsalis (Herald, Holler, and Hallelujah), Prokofiev (Piano Concerto No. 3), and Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 4). Other highlights of the season include a July 15 performance of the Mozart opera Così fan tutte and an August 13 concert during which Nelsons will conduct pieces by Adolphe, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky featuring Yo-Yo Ma on cello.

The Boston Pops orchestra, led by Keith Lockhart, starts its season at Tanglewood on July 8 with a symphonic concert version of the musical “Ragtime” that was written by the musical’s creators (Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty) specifically for the Pops. Other highlights include John Williams Film Night (Aug. 5), during which Williams and fellow conductor David Newman will lead an evening of music and film clips from Williams’ storied career; and an August 26 performance of music from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” written by Williams and conducted by Lockhart.

Tickets for all 2023 Tanglewood performances go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 9, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 888-266-1200, or by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office in person.

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