classical music

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.

Baiba Skride At Tanglewood

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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.

Days In The Arts

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Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
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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

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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.

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"

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

Joshua Bell
http://joshuabell.com

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. In addition to being a highly sought after soloist, Bell is the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

He will be at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York this week for two very special programs with The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Friday, August 17, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct a program featuring Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and Bell playing a Bruch Violin Concerto.

On Saturday, August 18, Joshua Bell and the orchestra, led by Michael Stern, will play John Corigliano’s Academy Award winning score to the film “The Red Violin” as the film, released in 1998 and directed by François Girard, plays in SPAC’s Amphitheater. Bell was the solo violinist on the soundtrack and was a violinist double in the film.

Jacomo Bairos
https://www.nu-deco.org/

Based in Miami, Florida, Nu Deco Ensemble is an eclectic chamber orchestra group that through adventurous classical music performances presents various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues. Working in conjunction with local Miami musicians, composers, DJs, dancers, visual and media artists, Nu Deco Ensemble creates a new hybrid of musical and multi-media experiences.

The Nu Deco Ensemble will perform as part of the SPAC on Stage series in Saratoga Springs on Monday, August 13. Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Jacomo Bairos joins us.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Mission: Impossible – Fallout"

Upcoming:

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: Young Virtuosi—Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens, Elgar, Britten) Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/9, 2 PM
  • Sylvia Tyson with violinist Scarlet Rivera - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/9, 7 PM
  • "She Loves Me" - Theater Barn, New Lebanon, opens Thursday 8/9 at 8 PM, through Aug. 19
  • "Little Annie Rooney" - Pine Hills Film Colony at Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Saturday 8/11, 7 PM
  • Ajkun Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote Suite - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 8/11, 7:30 PM
  • Boston Pops: John Williams Film Night - Tanglewood Shed, Lenox, Mass., Saturday 8/11, 8 PM
  • Skerryvore, Schenectady Pipe Band - Agnes MacDonald Music Haven, Sunday 8/12, 7 PM
  • American Idol Live! - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 8/13, 8 PM
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Times Union Center outdoor screens, Albany, Monday 8/13, 6:30 PM (“fun & games”), 7:30 PM
  • Skeeter Creek, Sydney Worthley - Rockin on the River, Riverfront Park, Troy, Wednesday 8/15, 5-8:30 PM

New movies: "Generation Wealth," "The Meg," "BlacKkKlansman," "Slender Man"

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Jan Regan

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra which is celebrating its annual residency at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center through August 18.

Nézet-Séguin has been the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal since 2000 and this year he steps aside as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to take over as Music Director of The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

With the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC, Nézet-Séguin will conduct six concerts over the nexty two weeks.

Cooperstown Summer Musica Festival poster for 2018 by Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then has offered the region more than 100 performances, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts.

Concerts takes place at the beautiful Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York.

Lauded flutist Linda Chesis is the founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.

Close Encounters With Music is making history this summer by moving its High Peaks Festival to the scenic campus of The Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, providing students and faculty from around the world a new setting in which to study, perform and share their talent with the community.  

Created as a logical extension of the mission of Close Encounters, the festival was most recently held in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Bringing it to CEWM’s home turf in the Berkshires means it will now be convenient to audiences and supporters who have enjoyed 26 years of concerts during CEWM’s winter season.

For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty. The High Peaks Festival has evolved into a training program designed to imbue players with new ideas, inspiration, and tools for technical advancement.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Sorry to Bother You," "Three Identical Strangers"

Upcoming:

  • Shannon McNally, The Dupont Brothers - Helsinki Hudson, Friday 7/20, 9 PM
  • Them! & This Island Earth (35MM prints, with 15 minute intermission) - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 7/20, 7 PM
  • All-Mozart Program with Emanuel Ax and the Boston Symphony Orchestra - (Piano Concerto No. 17, “Jupiter” Symphony) - Tanglewood Shed, Lenox, Mass., Friday 7/20, 8 PM
  • Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend - Friday 7/20, 8 PM: Rory Block - Saturday 7/21, 8 PM: Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy - Sunday 7/22, 2 PM: Strait Way Ministries Gospel Choir - PS 21, Chatham, Friday-Sunday
  • Bang on a Can All-Stars: Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 7/21, 8 PM
  • Kingston Trio - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 7/22, 3 and 7 PM
  • Summer in the City Free Movies Series: The LEGO Batman Movie - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 7/24, 1 PM (doors at noon)
  • Amanda Shires - The Egg, Albany, Wednesday 7/25, 8 PM
  • Blue Oyster Cult - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday 7/25, 5:30-8:30 PM
  • Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd: Dazed and Blazed Summer Tour - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 7/25, 6 PM

New movies: "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," "The Equalizer 2," "Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti"

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.

Moritz Gnann
http://moritzgnann.com

Yu-An Chang, a Taiwanese conductor has been tapped by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons to be the orchestra’s new assistant conductor with his two-year term beginning later this year.

Yu-An will make his first podium appearance as assistant conductor during the BSO’s 2019 Tanglewood season. He replaces current BSO assistant conductor Moritz Gnann, who joined the BSO at the start of the 2015-16 season and completes his three-year term with the orchestra this summer at Tanglewood.

On July 13, Gnann leads the BSO in a program of music by Wagner, Mozart, and Schumann, featuring pianist Paul Lewis.

 

As you walk along Tanglewood’s meandering paths, it’s easy to miss a series of small wooden shacks nestled amongst the pine trees -- until you hear the sweet music emanating from within. It’s here that the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters.

For decades, talented young musicians from around the country and around the globe have been coming to the Berkshires to study with some of the best musicians in the world.  Today we’re joined by Ellen Highstein – the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center.

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.

The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association, founded in 1940, honors international opera singer Marcella Sembrich, who lived from 1858-1935, at her former teaching studio and woodland retreat on Lake George.

The Sembrich's 2018 season is entitled "A World in Harmony" and includes intimate concerts, recitals, and lectures in the historic The Sembrich Studio and film screenings at The Bolton Library.

Artistic Director Richard Wargo is marking his 27th summer at The Sembrich and he joins us now with a preview of this summer’s offerings.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "The Seagull"

Upcoming:

  • Alive at Five: Matisyahu, MIRK - Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany, Thursday 6/21, 5 PM
  • Goodnight Moonshine - Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/21, 7 PM
  • Old Songs Festival - Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, Friday 6/22 through Sunday 6/24
  • Aimee Mann - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Friday 6/22, 8 PM
  • Tempest Trio: Alon Goldstein, piano; Ilya Kaler, violin; Amit Peled, cello - music of Beethoven, Amy Beach, Mendelssohn - Tannery Pond Concerts, New Lebanon, Saturday 6/23, 8 PM
  • Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival - SPAC, Saratoga - Saturday 6/23 (feat. Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti) and Sunday 6/24 (feat. Jon Batiste with the Dap-Kings, Mavis Staples), opens both days at 10 AM
  • Boston Pops and Audra McDonald - Tanglewood Shed, Lenox, Mass., Sunday 6/24, 2:30 PM
  • 16MM Classic Fantastic Vintage TV Party: "The Outer Limits" (pilot), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (2 episodes) - Proctors, Schenectady, Monday 6/25, 7 PM
  • David Blaine Live - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 6/26, 8 PM

New movies: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" "American Animals"

Daniel Stepner
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As Aston Magna’s Artistic Director, Daniel Stepner has programmed and led vocal and instrumental music dating from 1589 through the 1850s, featuring period instruments and vocal styles. The Festival’s repertoire has ranged from music for solo violin to baroque and early classical opera.

Aston Magna begins its 46th Season of Music next Thursday, June 14th and runs Saturday, July 21 at venues throughout the region.

Daniel Stepner was a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio at the Museum of Fine Arts. He has held concertmasterships with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Boston Baroque. For six years he was assistant concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, based in Holland.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions, sharing a recording of Béatrice Rauchs playing final movement of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Sonata in G Minor.

   Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Tully"

Upcoming:

  • America - The Stanley, Utica, Friday 5/11, 7:30 PM
  • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless - Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 5/11, 8 PM
  • The Huntress and Holder of Hands (MorganEve Swain) - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 5/11, 9 PM
  • "Acronym Baroque: The Faux and the Fabulous" - Close Encounters With Music, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 5/12, 6 PM
  • "Blackout" - Pine Hills Film Colony, Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Saturday 5/12, 7 PM
  • Josh Ritter: Acoustic Show - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • Weakened Friends - The Low Beat, Albany, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • Heather Maloney - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • GX3: Maria Zementauski, Ray Andrews, Sten Isachsen - De Blasiis Chamber Music Series, Hyde Collection, Helen Froelich Auditorium, Glens Falls, Sunday 5/13, 3 PM
  • The Sea and Cake - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Monday 5/14, 8:30 PM

New movies: "Life of the Party," "Itzhak," "Breaking In"

The Battenkill Chorale continues its 23rd season with "Rising Above the Battleground: The Music of France and Belgium." The concert will be performed this Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls, NY.

The centerpiece of the concert is a rarely performed piece: Joseph Jongen's Mass OP.130. The concert also features 10 brass players, an organist, and 4 soloists.

Guest Conductor, Gene Marie Callahan, will conduct the concert while Artistic Director, Janet McGhee recovers from shoulder surgery. Callahan, who made her national debut at Chicago Lyric Opera and her international debut in Graz Austria, made her first appearance with the Battenkill Chorale in 1997 as a soprano soloist and has been a featured artist with the Chorale since that time.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions.

Music: Cassadó: Toccata (in the Style of Frescobaldi) by Gaspar Cassadó, Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert Tachezi - album “Cello & Organ Recital”

Casals in 1917 at Carnegie Hall
George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions - discussing a François Couperin suite that was actually written by ​Paul Bazelaire.

ESYO at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Tom Wall Photography

The Empire State Youth Orchestra will pay tribute to two of America’s revered composers and conductors, celebrating Samuel Adler at 90 and Leonard Bernstein at 100 on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

For his 100th birthday year, ESYO will raise a toast to Bernstein’s centennial with a rendition of one of his great early successes, music to the ballet “Fancy Free.” In honor of Samuel Adler’s 90th birthday, the Orchestra will perform Adler’s “A Bridge to Understanding.” The ESYO-commissioned piece premiered 10 years ago at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for the New Music for a New Generation Festival.

The concert will also feature this season’s Lois Lyman Concerto Competition Winner, pianist Gabrielle Kim. At 18 years old, the young virtuoso will lead the orchestra in a passionate performance of Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto in A minor. Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo and pianist Gabrielle Kim join us.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Isle of Dogs"

Upcoming:

  • Janiva Magness, Eva Cappelli - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 4/20, 7 PM
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - The Egg, Albany, Friday 4/20, 8 PM
  • Anna & Elizabeth - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 4/20, 8 PM
  • "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 4/21 at 7:30 PM, through May 6
  • Octavo Singers with the Capital District Youth Chorale - John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Faure’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Saturday 4/21, 7:30 PM
  • The Mountain Goats, Dead Rider - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 4/21, 8 PM
  • Travis Tritt Acoustic Show - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 4/21, 8 PM
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra with pianist Young Kim - Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, Borodin Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Sunday 4/22, 3 PM
  • Three Stooges Film Festival - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 4/23, 7 PM
  • Women and Power in America: Cokie Roberts, with Danielle Belton, Kathy Sheehan and Jill Stein - New York State Writers Institute at the Hearst Media Center, next to the Albany Times Union, Colonie, Tuesday 4/24, 7:30 PM

New movies: "I Feel Pretty," "You Were Never Really Here," "Super Troopers 2"

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