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James Burton
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This past Tuesday, during the Tanglewood on Parade Gala, the world premiere of James Burton's "The Lost Words" for children's choir and orchestra.

Burton is the BSO's choral director and conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and he also leads the Boston Symphony Children's Choir, which he formed last year. Burton was appointed in February 2017 to succeed John Oliver, who formed the chorus in 1970, retired in 2015 and died last year.

Christine Goerke And  James Rutherford
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This Saturday and Sunday, in one of the highlights of the 2019 Tanglewood season, Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Wagner’s complete opera “Die Walküre” - split over the course of three performances, each featuring one complete act. The performance is scheduled to coincide with The Tanglewood Learning Institute’s “Wagner Weekend.”

The talented young members of the orchestra are joined by a cast of the world’s finest Wagnerian singers. Die Walküre tackles themes of love, family, sacrifice, betrayal, punishment, and mortality. The concert performance will be sung in German with English supertitles

We are joined by soprano Christine Goerke who will sing the role of Brünnhilde, and bass-baritone James Rutherford who will perform as Wotan.

Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare's madcap comedy, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” directed by founding company member and Director of Education, Kevin G. Coleman. “The Merry Wives of Windsor” runs from August 8 to September 1 outdoors in the Roman Garden Theatre.

The play begins when Sir John Falstaff vastly underestimates the Merry Wives in the town of Windsor, as he hatches a frothy scheme to drain their bank accounts and drive their husbands insane with jealousy.

Coming to Tanglewood is an experience that begins before the first note is played at any given concert. The buildings, lawns, and gardens were created and are maintained with the utmost care.

Whether you picnic on the lawn, stroll around the grounds, or even make a bee-line for your seat last minute, you can’t help but notice the beauty all around you when you are here.

We had the opportunity to get some behind-the-scenes on how it all happens with Director of Tanglewood Facilities Bobby Lahart and Tanglewood Grounds Supervisor Bruce Peeples. 

Steve Carver
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Long-time Tanglewood piano technician Steve Carver will be featured in a Tanglewood Learning Institute "Meet the Makers" event on Monday afternoon at 1:30 in the Linde Center.

At the event, Carver will give an in-depth look at the art and science of keeping concert instruments in high-performing condition. Attendees can enjoy a sneak peek at the engineering and artistry of Steinway Spirio — the legendary instrument maker’s newest invention and the world’s finest high-resolution player piano.

Carver recently retired from his position of manager of piano maintenance and chief piano technician at The Juilliard School. He has also been the chief concert technician for the Tanglewood Music Festival for ten years and was previously a concert technician at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Chautauqua Institution.

Thomas Wilkins is Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. Additionally he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony - and in that role, he will be conducting the Tanglewood Family Concert tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at Ozawa Hall. The concert provides an engaging concert experience especially for children ages 3–8 and their families.

Paul Lewis in profile, facing left, left hand on chin, bent at elbo
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Tonight in The Shed at Tanglewood, Andris Nelsons will conduct a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 2, and closes the program with Ravel’s complete “Daphnis and Chloé,” featuring the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor. In between these two works, Paul Lewis, returning to Tanglewood for his eighth summer in a row, takes center stage to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A.

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation and as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

In addition to his performance in The Shed tonight, Lewis will perform a recital of music by Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven at Ozawa Hall on July 30.

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.

He joins us to talk about upcoming performances at Tanglewood.

Mark Volpe
BSO

Tanglewood is a name that's recognized around the world. Just about every time we interview a conductor or musician, they mention the venue's reputation and cache. That doesn't just happen by accident. There's a hard-working team of professionals that keeps Tanglewood on the lips of both audience-members and performers.

To give us a State of Tanglewood report – we welcome back our friend Mark Volpe – the Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Tanglewood Shed Lawn, evening, no people
John Ferrillo

As the season begins at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he also has an eye on Boston and is 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.

The Linde Center
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She is being called one of North America’s most innovative music educators. Sue Elliott was appointed Tanglewood Learning Institute Director in August of last year and she is a new face on the scene here at Tanglewood.

Prior to joining The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sue launched and led the world’s first online professional development, certificate, and accreditation program for private music teachers at all stages of their careers at the Royal Conservatory of Music in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. She has also worked with Seattle Opera and spent 10 years at Houston Grand Opera.

The Linde Center for Music and Learning
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Today we are broadcasting from The Linde Center for Music and Learning. Specifically, we are broadcasting from the Volpe Family Studio.

It is a 32 by 24 foot space – one of four buildings that make up this new center. To tell us all about it, we welcome back our friend and host Mark Volpe – the Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study. It offers an intensive schedule of study and performance for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers who have completed most of their formal study.

Ellen Highstein is the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Earth Wind & Fire
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Earth, Wind & Fire are a music institution. Over a five-decade history, they have sold out concerts all around the globe, scored eight number one hits, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have released 23 albums, eight of which went double platinum and hit the Top 10, making them one of the best-selling artists of all time. They have won an impressive nine Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement. In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

They will play Tanglewood tonight (June 28, 2019). 

Philip Bailey spoke with us about Earth Wind & Fire's enduring popularity and his recent solo album "Love Will Find A Way."

Emanuel Ax
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Globally celebrated pianist, Emanuel Ax, will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with Andris Nelsons and The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s season opening concert in The Shed at Tanglewood on July 5 at 8 p.m. The program that evening will also feature the orchestra playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Ax will be back at Tanglewood in August to play two concerts at Ozawa Hall – one with Leonidas Kavakos and one with Kavaokos and Yo-Yo Ma -- and will participate in a Concerto Conducting Class led by Stefan Asbury. The latter is a Tanglewood Learning Institute OpenStudio event to be held July 30 at 10 a.m. in Ozawa Hall.

6/28/19 Panel

Jun 28, 2019

Editor and Publisher of The Columbia Paper Parry Teasdale, Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran, and Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith join us at Tanglewood's The Linde Center for Music and Learning for an abbreviated Roundtable Panel.

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
Photo provided by Marco Borggreve

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.

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
Hayim Heron/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Each year thousands of dance enthusiasts visit the Berkshires to experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; to train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, to explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance archives; and to take part in numerous community programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

This weekend alone, Jacob’s Pillow will present Houston Ballet; a work by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh; and, on Sunday, a program entitled “Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.”

Pamela Tatge is the Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and she joins us.

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.

Moritz Gnann
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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.

Brandon Victor Dixon, Megan Lawrence, Laura Osnes, and Andy Karl perform ON THE TOWN with the Boston Pops.
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A collaboration with choreographer Jerome Robbins and the writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein's “On the Town” -the story of three sailors on shore leave in New York City- arrived on Broadway in December 1944, when he was just twenty-six.

Based on his popular ballet collaboration with Robbins, “Fancy Free,” it was not only his first musical, it was a first for Comden and Green, who would become Broadway and Hollywood legends in their own right. Hit songs include "New York, New York" and "Some Other Time."

Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a complete, semi-staged performance of Bernstein's hit musical, "On the Town," tomorrow night in the shed featuring an all-star cast.

To tell us more, we welcome actor Andy Karl, Music Director, David Chase and Director Kathleen Marshall.

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