The Berkshires All Year

The new Linde Center extends Tanglewood’s season beyond the summer.

By Meredith Bethune

Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox; 617-266-1492) has been synonymous with summer in the Berkshires since the Boston Symphony Orchestra made the venue its seasonal home in 1937. During July and August, picnickers head to the sprawling lawn in Lenox, Massachusetts, as the sounds of live classical, rock, and R&B performances emanate from the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Because Tanglewood is an outdoor music space, these concertgoers have only been able to enjoy the fun in the summertime.

That is, until recently. This past June marked the opening of the Linde Center for Music and Learning—Tanglewood’s first-ever year-round facility and its most ambitious construction project in more than 25 years. The four-building, climate-controlled complex adds 6,000 square feet of performance space and practice studios to the venue. From Friday through Sunday, patrons and performers can find locally-inspired lunch options and, in good weather, the popular post-concert Cocktails on the Lawn event at the new 150-seat Cindy’s Café (lunch for two, $20*).

The Linde Center will also serve as the home of the newly launched Tanglewood Learning Institute, which aims to bring people together to participate in interdisciplinary arts experiences. It represents one of the most significant expansions in programming in Tanglewood’s more than 80-year history. The institute’s summer 2019 schedule included Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsals, as well as family-friendly performances, open-air concerts, visual arts programs, and talks by such prominent figures as Madeleine Albright, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and diplomat Daniel Shapiro. Visitors can expect similar events for its inaugural fall and winter programming.

  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax, or tip.
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  • Published: August 2019