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Baiba Skride is a Latvian classical violinist who was the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Contest in 2001 and has performed around the world including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Tomorrow night, Andris Nelsons conducts an All-Bernstein Program with the Boston Ballet and featuring violinist Baiba Skride in the shed at 8PM. The program concludes with Bernstein’s Serenade for violin and orchestra, featuring Skride as soloist.

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

The Days in the Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near Tanglewood that provides middle school students with high-quality arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and create art with their peers in a positive, non-judgmental environment.

The program unites students from urban, suburban and rural communities – and has been doing so for 50 years! Each summer since 1968, the BSO operates the Days in the Arts residential education program that invites students from across Massachusetts to gather together to explore the arts. DARTS serves 400 middle school students each summer during eight one-week sessions.

We are joined by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Officer for Education, Community Engagement, and Inclusion, Zakiya Thomas and the Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement Claire Carr. 

Gene Schiavone / Boston Ballet

Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Bernstein program tomorrow night at Tanglewood which begins with a fully-staged performance of the composer's ballet “Fancy Free” in the first-ever BSO collaboration with the Boston Ballet.

Bernstein's first ballet score and Robbins' first full-scale choreographic effort, “Fancy Free” catapulted both artists -- who were both just 25 -- to stardom. In what would become his signature style, Robbins combined classical choreography with jazz and popular dance moves.

“Fancy Free” is being presented here at Tanglewood using Robbins' original choreography. Joining us this morning to tell us more about the Boston Ballet, we welcome Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen; Principal Dancer Kathleen Breen Combes; and Principal Dancer Paul Craig.

Jessica Zhou with a harp
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Jessica Zhou, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal harpist, is also soloist in the new John Williams piece, “Highwood’s Ghost,” with Yo-Yo Ma. Both Zhou and Ma will perform with Maestro Andris Nelsons and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert.

The program celebrates the completion of sculptures that John Williams commissioned for the Tanglewood grounds of three of the Festival's seminal figures, who are also personal heroes of the composer: Aaron Copland, Serge Koussevitzky, and Leonard Bernstein. The new piece by Williams, a work for cello, harp and orchestra, was specially written for this occasion.

Harpist Jessica Zhou joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2009, occupying the Nicholas and Thalia Zervis Chair. In 2001, Ms. Zhou became the first and only Chinese harpist ever to win top prizes in three of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world.

Midori
Timothy Greenfield Sanders

Midori, perhaps, perhaps has one of the best Leonard Bernstein stories of all time. In happened in 1986 at Tanglewood when she was performing Bernstein's "Serenade," conducted by Bernstein. During the performance, she broke the E string on her violin, then again on the concertmaster's Stradivarius after she borrowed it. She finished the performance with the associate concertmaster's instrument and received a standing ovation. The next day The New York Times front page carried the headline, "Girl, 14, Conquers Tanglewood with 3 Violins"

Midori has maintained an international presence for almost three decades, first as a performer, and increasingly as a musical community engagement advocate, and educator.

Tanglewood's season-long Bernstein centennial celebration will culminate in a gala concert on Bernstein's actual 100th birthday, August 25th featuring Midori playing Serenade - conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts was founded in 1978 to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence in Performance, Training, and Education. This season, Shakespeare & Company has presented productions of The Bard’s “Macbeth,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” and “As You Like It” – the last of which runs through September 2.

Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” began performances last night and opens officially on Sunday and Shakespeare & Company’s production of Simon Stephens’ “Heisenberg” opens tonight.

We are joined by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, and Director of “Mothers and Sons,” James Warwick.

Olivier Marger and Julian Schack
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This year, The Tanglewood Music Center has three Fellows from the Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig, Germany as an exchange that’s part of the BSO’s alliance with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. It’s the first-ever Musician Exchange Program between Tanglewood and Leipzig's acclaimed Music Academy programs.

This morning we welcome two of those three. They’re both playing in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra performance with Andris Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma on Sunday in The Shed at 2:30 PM.

Cellist Olivier Marger will perform in all four pieces and Julian Schack on horn will perform during the Copland, Williams, and Bartok pieces.

Mark Volpe
The Boston Globe

Managing Director Of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Mark Volpe joins us to discuss Tanglewood's Bernstein Centennial Summer.

Hilary Scott / Tanglewood

Last Wednesday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Sue Elliott as the inaugural Judith and Stewart Colton Director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute. It’s a new undertaking the BSO says will expand its educational capabilities by harnessing the internet to conduct both in person and distance learning. The Institute’s programming will commence in summer 2019, and will be housed in a new four-building complex that will comprise Tanglewood’s first year-round facilities. The new buildings will also expand the operations of the Tanglewood Music Center. Elliott spoke with WAMC about her experience in music education.

Jamie Bernstein
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The composer of "On the Town" and "West Side Story," chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, and inveterate partygoer Leonard Bernstein was a massive celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, and perhaps the most talented musician in American history.

To his eldest daughter, Jamie Bernstein, he was all that and more. She writes about her father in the new memoir, "Famous Father Girl."

She joins us to talk about the book, all of the international events celebrating Leonard Bernstein's Centennial this year -- including two very special events at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. She’s directing "Trouble in Tahiti" on July 12 and hosting the Young People’s Concert on August 10.

Andris Nelsons
Marco Borggreve

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra open their 2018 Tanglewood season with a gala performance featuring global superstar pianist Lang Lang tonight at 8pm.

The Maestro will then be off and running, conducting a program of Brahms and Shostakovich on Sunday and many other concerts as the season progresses.

BSO Music Director and Conductor Andris Nelsons is leading thirteen programs throughout the summer and will play a major role in Tanglewood's Bernstein Centennial Summer, leading twelve works either composed by Bernstein or strongly associated with his life as a conductor and pianist.

As the season hits its stride at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he is also has an eye on Boston and even working on programming for future years here at Tanglewood.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire.

A pianist by training, he is one of our favorites to chat with and it is a great pleasure to welcome Tony back to our Roundtable as he joins us and Mark Volpe for a look at the next several weeks here on the Tanglewood campus.

Mark Volpe
BSO

Managing Director Of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Mark Volpe joins us to discuss opening weekend at Tanglewood, the coming season, and Tanglewood's Bernstein Centennial Summer.

BSO Tanglewood Festival Chorus Founder Dead At 78

Apr 12, 2018
Boston Symphony Orchestra

The founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus has died.

BSO Touts Economic Impact

Apr 9, 2018

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released a report detailing its economic impact on Massachusetts.

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In response to sexual assault allegations against James Levine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Tuesday afternoon that the company's former music director "will never be employed or contracted by the BSO at any time in the future." 

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The Metropolitan Opera has suspended conductor James Levine after reports over the weekend detailed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. The Boston Symphony Orchestra says it received no complaints during Levine’s time as music director.

Marco Borggreve / BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director has been named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year. 

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has started to pack it in for the summer season. In Lenox, Massachusetts, Tanglewood was put into boxes bound for Boston.

Hilary Scott, BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has broken ground on an educational hub at its summer home in Lenox. 

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

With the dog days of summer here, it’s another busy weekend at Tanglewood, the Berkshires summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For an update on what’s on the schedule, WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe. 

A Strange Request By Yo-Yo Ma At BSO's 80th

Aug 7, 2017
Hilary Scott, BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary performance at its Tanglewood summer home in Lenox on Saturday was punctuated by a strange request from cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

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Saturday marks the 80th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first performance at Tanglewood, its summer home. Here's a preview of a theatrical adaptation of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

A Midsummer Night's Dream - The BSO
Winslow Townson

On Saturday, August 5 at Tanglewood, The Boston Symphony Orchestra presents one of the best-known musical works inspired by Shakespeare - Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream - in a specially designed production adapted by stage director Bill Barclay, first performed with the BSO at Symphony Hall in Boston in early 2016 as part of the BSO’s three-week Shakespeare celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

Bill Barclay joins us to tell us more.

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Bramwell Tovey is the Grammy and Juno award-winning Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor he works internationally with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.

During 2015/16 his guest appearances include the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies.

Bramwell Tovey will conduct Copland's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson, on Tanglewood on Parade tonight.

The Carriage House at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Charles Dutoit is one of the most successful conductors working today. But, 58-years ago, he was here attending the Tanglewood Music Center.

Since that time, he has been very close to Tanglewood and the BSO. He made his conducting debut here in 1981 and has returned most years since, annually since 2002, and last year was named the Koussevitzky Artist, an honorary title given by the BSO in recognition of his commitment to the 2016 Tanglewood season and longtime contributions to the BSO and other orchestras around the world.

Tonight, he will be conducting Hary Janos Suite by Zoltan Kodaly .

James Burton at Symphony Hall in Boston.
Michael Blanchard

There is a new face here on the Tanglewood campus. James Burton joined the team earlier this year as the next Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. In addition, Burton takes on the newly established title of BSO Choral Director, a role in which he will explore new opportunities to enhance the orchestra's choral activities. 

Burton is only the second conductor to be appointed director of the TFC since its founding in 1970; he follows in the footsteps of John Oliver, founder and director of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and who currently holds the title Founder and Conductor Laureate. He joined us last time and we begged him to come back. 

View at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Moritz Gnann became the new assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015. He made his successful Tanglewood debut with the BSO conducting Mahler's First Symphony. His November 2016 concerts mark his subscription series debut. In addition to his activities in Boston, Gnann continues to appear as a guest conductor with Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In tonight's Tanglewood on Parade gala concert in The Shed, he will be conducting Mendelssohn’s Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)

Flowers and view at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Tanglewood on Parade is a day long celebration of everything that Tanglewood and The Boston Symphony Orchestra has to offer. We begin our broadcast there this morning with a modified Roundtable Panel featuring Executive Editor of The Berkshire Eagle, Kevin Moran; Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Volpe; and for a portion of the conversation: Artistic Administrator for The BSO and Director of Tanglewood, Tony Fogg. 

Musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as friends and family of longtime BSO Principal Cellist Jules Eskin will gather to pay tribute to their beloved colleague and friend during a special performance at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, on Sunday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

Jules Eskin, who led the BSO cello section for an unparalleled 53 years, passed away at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, on November 15, 2016, after a long struggle with cancer.

A brief overview of Mr. Eskin's long and accomplished career appears below, followed by a program listing for the July 30 tribute concert. The public, un-ticketed event is open to anyone who wishes to celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Eskin.

We are joined by BSO violist Mark Ludwig, who organized the event. 

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