Tanglewood discusses health and safety protocols for upcoming events

Berkshire County

LENOX, Mass. (WWLP) – The summer is coming, and along with it, the 2021 Tanglewood season is set to begin.

The music festival held a virtual town hall today to explain the safety measures they’ll be taking.

Major changes include shortening all concerts to 80 minutes, with no intermission. As well as a reduced capacity in order to minimize contact and crowding. All shows will take place in ‘The Shed,’ an outdoor space on the Tanglewood campus.

Director Tony Fogg says that it’s all worth it to have music back at Tanglewood.

“There’s something spiritual about that combination of landscape and great music,” said Fogg. “And its as if the last four months we’ve muted that landscape and so we want to bring voice back to that place and reignite that spirit.”

The first shows at Tanglewood start in June, and tickets are available here.

Here’s what we know so far about this summer at Tanglewood:

  • Performances will be limited to 80 minutes with no intermission.
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • 25-percent capacity will be allowed and masks will be required.
  • All performances will be outdoors.

Boston Symphony ticket holders can use their BSO now account to access the livestream. Dr. Joseph G. Allen of 9Foundations will lead the Town Hall and will be joined with Tony Fogg, BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood, Evelyn Barnes, BSO Chief Financial Officer, and Amy Aldrich, Director of Patron Experience. It will be moderated by Sue Elliott, Tanglewood Learning Institute Director. 

For concerts, Tanglewood will be spacing audience members apart and all extra buildings on the grounds will be closed during performances, excluding the bathrooms. Food and beverage orders can be placed on a new mobile ordering system for contactless delivery or pickup.

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