Since 1940 the Boston Symphony Orchestra has offered the Tanglewood Music Center as a summer music academy where talented students can work with professional musicians. As the summer home of the BSO, Tanglewood also draws thousands of music lovers to concerts at the 5,100-seat music shed and the more intimate Seiji Ozawa Concert Hall, which can seat 1,100 patrons within the hall and another 1,000 on the lawn beyond the hall’s operable rear wall. Ozawa Hall was designed by Kirkegaard and William Rawn Associates in the early 1990s for orchestral, choral and chamber music performance and has been an invaluable resource for the TMC students. Tanglewood called on the same design team to provide a new facility near Ozawa Hall to support a new program, the Tanglewood Learning Institute. TLI offers music lovers access to a weekend of lectures, rehearsals and recitals in an intimate setting that is visually and acoustically beautiful. The new Linde Center for Music and Learning includes three buildings, connected by a covered walkway. The smallest building, the Volpe Family Studio, contains a 750 sf flat floor room perfect for chamber music rehearsals or informal recitals. Simple curtains allow some acoustic adjustability. The Gordon Family Studio has a 1,600 sf flat floor room for chamber music and jazz rehearsals, chamber music recitals, and lectures. More extensive curtains and a permanent audio system make this space quite versatile. The largest building contains Studio E, a flexible 4,000 sf room served by dressing rooms, restrooms and a lobby, with a glassy connector to a new cafe and kitchen. Studio E has a bank of retractable seating and extensive adjustable curtains, a full audio system and a projection system. It can be used as a rehearsal space for orchestra, chorus, and chamber music, a recital space for all kinds of music, a banquet hall or a venue for lectures or master classes. The three rooms have virtually silent air conditioning and heating, allowing them to be used year round. In keeping with the traditions of Tanglewood, operable windows and operable glass walls also allow them to be passively ventilated in temperate weather. Throughout the summer, the facility sees heavy use by TMC during the week and heavy use by TLI on weekends. The rest of the year it is available as a meeting or event space.
Project Details
Audiovisual Systems Design
Mechanical Noise Control
Room Acoustics Design
Sound Isolation
William Rawn Associates, Boston, MA, Architect
Nextstage Design, New Haven, CT, Theatre Consultant
24,500 GSF
200-seat rehearsal/concert hall, Two small ensemble studios
$30 Million