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How Tanglewood Draws Over 350,000 People Every Summer

Before Coachella, before Governor’s Ball, even before Woodstock — there was Tanglewood.

The summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (or the BSO), Tanglewood hosts approximately 350,000 concertgoers on its green, sylvan grounds every season. Every year since its opening in 1938, the venue has brought an eclectic culture and seasonal revenue to the sleepy town of Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshires. The mission of Tanglewood sounds ambitious, if not borderline absurd, the first time you hear it — to move the entire BSO from Boston out to Lenox (population 4,965 according to the 2016 census) for the summer to perform almost every night. But it’s done with such enthusiasm, such a lack of irony, that it’s impossible not to get swept up in it. Read more about Tanglewood >