Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall

Lenox, Massachusetts, USA

This classically inspired 1,200-seat concert hall is on the grounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home. The site hosts the world famous Tanglewood Music Center—an annual summer music academy, nurturing emerging professional musicians. Theatre Projects designed the shoebox hall to include side boxes and two levels of balconies that encircle the hall. The design of the room pulls the audience and performers together to create impactful performances. Telescoping orchestra risers allow for easy changeover between orchestral and recital performances, and above the stage, vertical glass fiber panels can be lowered and adjusted to affect the acoustic quality of the room. At the back of the room, doors open to reveal lawn seating, accommodating up to 2,000 additional patrons. The stunning facility has won numerous awards and is renowned for its architectural and acoustic character. A survey of conductors and music critics earned Tanglewood the title of 4th best American concert hall ever built and the 2nd best American concert hall of the last 50 years.

Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall
Credit: Steve Rosenthal
Credit: Steve Rosenthal
Credit: Steve Rosenthal
Owner

Tanglewood Music Center

Architect

William Rawn Associates

Acoustician

Kirkegaard Associates

Users

Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center

Seat count

1200

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Concert hall, Outdoor venue

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

1994

Venue website

bso.org

Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall
Credit: Steve Rosenthal

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