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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is extending the contract of music director Andris Nelsons.

Jamie Bernstein
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Jamie Bernstein is an author, narrator, and filmmaker. Her memoir, "Famous Father Girl," details her youth growing up with her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, and her mother, pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre.

This summer, Jamie Bernstein will introduce online airings of special Boston Symphony Orchestra Encore Performances from Tanglewood. The concerts will feature the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus and will be available online on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. July 5 through August 23.

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Pianist and Tanglewood mainstay Emanuel Ax made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at Tanglewood in 1978. In this modified online season, Ax will perform a Great Performers Recital online on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Nicole Cabell.

Ax will perform music in which he is an acknowledged master - an all-Beethoven program featuring two of the composer’s earlier sonatas. He will also perform in August with friend and collaborator, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled the summer season at its Lenox, Massachusetts concert venue Tanglewood.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled its February tour of East Asia, citing concerns about the new coronavirus. 

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This week, Boston Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Mark Volpe announced he will step down at the end of February 2021. He oversees the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Tanglewood, as well as the orchestra’s real estate holdings in Boston and the Berkshires. Volpe previously held leadership positions with orchestras in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Detroit over his 37-year career.  During his tenure, the Lenox, Massachusetts campus of Tanglewood extended its schedule into a full-season program for the first time. He also led the organization as it dealt with the fallout of sexual misconduct allegations against former music director James Levine. Volpe spoke with WAMC about what he’ll carry with him from the experience, and what it’s like to lead an orchestra for 23 years.

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The longtime president and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will retire in a year.

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Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe is retiring after 35 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is bringing a Tanglewood performance to the heart of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

BSO Tanglewood Festival Chorus Founder Dead At 78

Apr 12, 2018
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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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The Boston Symphony Orchestra provided WAMC with a statement Sunday morning regarding news of allegations of sexual assault against former conductor James Levine. The entire statement is posted below:

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New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Dodging The Raindrops At Tanglewood

Jul 15, 2017

I love Tanglewood. The problem is Tanglewood doesn’t love me back.

Programming Notes: July 2017

Jul 3, 2017

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood season broadcasts begin on Friday July 7th at 8PM. Join the BSO as they perform live at their famed summer home in Lenox, MA. Listeners will enjoy the BSO's Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts.

BSO Unveils Tanglewood's 2017 Lineup

Nov 21, 2016

The warm summer evenings at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra may seem far away after this weekend's snow and cold, but the schedule for next summer is out. For more, we spoke with Mark Volpe, managing director of the BSO, who says the season will begin and end with musical director Andris Nelsons holding the baton.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Enters New Era With Nelsons

May 16, 2013

At the age of 34, Andris Nelsons will lead one of the most respected orchestras in the world. Nelsons, a native of Latvia, who has earned a distinguished reputation in European classical music and opera, has been named the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, filling the vacancy left by the departure of James Levine, who stepped down for health reasons two years ago. Mark Volpe, the managing director of the BSO, spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2013 schedule for Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with BSO managing director Mark Volpe about what’s on tap for summer, and the state of the orchestra’s search for a new head conductor.