Top Ten Refined U.S. Music Festivals

Tanglewood, Massachusetts
Tanglewood Music Festival
Dusk falls over Tanglewood Music Festival, Berkshires, Massachusetts (courtesy, Boston Symphony Orchestra)

10. Tanglewood, Massachusetts
The Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts have been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Its Tanglewood festival runs ten weeks (from early July through early September) and usually includes performances by genial pop legend James Taylor and friends.

The Koussevitzky Shed (for orchestral performances and shows by pop icons such as Taylor and Tony Bennett), Ozawa Hall (for chamber recitals and the like), and the spacious picnic grounds surrounding them are filled with listeners for Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and the rest of the well-known classical repertoire played and conducted by the some of the greatest musicians on the planet, starting with BSO musical director James Levine and Boston Pops conductor/composer John Williams. Expect a sprinkling of jazz stars and Labor Day jazz weekend.

Note: Sightlines inside the Shed are poor although acoustics are fine. Lawn picnics are great if the weather cooperates, but orchestra sound is diminished unless you are really close.

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