Upholding 75 years of anything is an impressive feat, and this year the Tanglewood music festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, proves just how special it can be. What began in 1937 with a few thousand attendees listening to a Beethoven program under a tent has grown into a cultural phenomenon and an educational stalwart (the likes of Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein have studied at its Music Center). “As the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is hallowed ground,” says Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. “Not just for musicians, but for anyone who visits the festival to take in the fantastic music-making, exquisite surroundings of the Berkshire Hills and extraordinary sense of history that has brought Tanglewood to the pinnacle of music festivals worldwide.”
This year’s anniversary gala on July 14 (8:30 P.M.) features guests including James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops. (A second gala will be held on August 18.) More than 350,000 people descend on Tanglewood every summer. Chris Botti (August 5), Wynton Marsalis (August 20), an 80th birthday celebration for renowned composer John Williams featuring soprano Jessye Norman (August 18), a Boston Pops concert with Maureen McGovern (August 24) and the pop group Train (August 30) round out this season’s lineup. And if you can’t make it to the Berkshires, you can still (essentially) listen in: Daily streams of 75 remastered recordings from the Tanglewood archives are available on the festival’s website. Tanglewood continues through September 2; 297 West St.; 888-266-1200; tanglewood.org.