Karina Canellakis conducts with Emanuel Ax



Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240)

Internationally recognized Karina Canellakis conducts a program of Wagner, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff with global star pianist and Tanglewood favorite Emanuel Ax, who will also play several chamber music performances in Ozawa Hall this summer. He joins the BSO and returning conductor Karina Canellakis for Frédéric Chopin’s characteristically fluid and sparkling Piano Concerto No. 2, composed when he was just 19.

Richard Wagner’s atmospheric Prelude to his opera Lohengrin demonstrates the composer’s astonishing imagination for orchestral texture and color. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances wonderfully balances brilliant orchestration, lyricism, and rhythmic drive in what would be his final composition.

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Karina Canellakis, internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth, regularly appears with the top orchestras of North America, Europe, the UK and Australia. She is the Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and concurrently holds the title of Principal Guest Conductor with both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

In North America, Ms. Canellakis’ upcoming summer 2021 engagements include debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival, and a return to the Minnesota Orchestra. Her 2021/22 subscription season includes significant debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.

In Europe, she debuts with the Orchestre National de France for an appearance at Festival de Saint-Denis and a fully staged production of Onegin at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Other European highlights include debuts with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and hr-Sinfonieorchester. Karina returns to Münchner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris and Stockholm Philharmonic, as well as to the Bregenzer Festspiele with Wiener Symphoniker for a program featuring the third act of Wagner’s Siegfried.

Ticket includes admission to the 6 p.m. Prelude Concert — tonight’s program includes:

Augusta Read Thomas Incantation for solo violin (5)
Sebastian Currier Night Time, for violin and harp (18)
Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G, Op. 111 (28)

Victor Romanul & Xin Ding, violins
Daniel Getz & Mary Ferrillo, violas
Mickey Katz, cello
Jessica Zhou, harp