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Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music: Part II

Oliver ("Olly") Knussen, who recently turned 60, has been a previous co-director of the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) and in other years an active participant (in 2008, for example, he came to the rescue of the centennial tribute to El
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 17, 2012
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The Festival of Contemporary Music opens at Tanglewood

Tanglewood's annual Festival of Contemporary Music , directed this year by the British composer/conductor and three-time Tanglewood Fellow Oliver Knussen, got off to a terrific start.
Old (and young) masters  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 10, 2012
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Admirable Nelsons; plus, Mark Morris

At a top ticket price of $2500 (including a gourmet dinner), the gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood grossed a cool $1.42 million.
A leading contender excels at Tanglewood  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 20, 2012
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The BSO opens its summer home without Levine, but with Mark Morris & Yo-Yo Ma

It was especially sad that Levine, who cancelled his entire Tanglewood season and then resigned as BSO music director as of September (he just underwent another major surgery on his spine), couldn't lead this particular program.
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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 15, 2011
James Levine resigns from the BSO

Following Levine's departure, the BSO picks up the pieces

This past week, James Levine ended his BSO tenure after seven seasons, citing challenges regarding his health and the "ensuing absences they have forced." Since leaving Symphony Hall almost five years ago, I've been watching the Levine saga unfold, gritt
After Jimmy
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  March 05, 2011
James Levine resigns from the BSO

Following Levine's departure, the BSO picks up the pieces

This past week, James Levine ended his BSO tenure after seven seasons, citing challenges regarding his health and the "ensuing absences they have forced." Since leaving Symphony Hall almost five years ago, I've been watching the Levine saga unfold, gritt
After Jimmy
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  March 05, 2011


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Feeding frenzy

The media rain on James Levine's parade, plus Boston Midsummer Opera
The media rain on James Levine's parade, plus Boston Midsummer Opera
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 07, 2010
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Mighty Mahler

Michael Tilson Thomas — music director of the San Francisco Symphony and former assistant, associate, and principal guest conductor of the BSO — was once considered a likely BSO music director.
Michael Tilson Thomas leads Tanglewood's opening night
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 16, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Dream on

Some lovers of religious music consider Heinrich Schütz even greater than Bach, who was born 13 years after Schütz’s death.
Heinrich Schütz’s swan song; the Pops’ 125th-anniversary commission
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 28, 2010
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All you need is love

Outpourings of love have been flooding the Boston musical scene.
Marylou Speaker Churchill memorial, Emmanuel Music’s Haydn/Schoenberg, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 23, 2010


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Street rhythm

In the city where Florencia Gonzalez grew up — the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo — every neighborhood has its own candombe group. These are drum outfits that might meet on a Sunday afternoon, a Wednesday night, or particular holidays, depending on neig
Florencia Gonzalez gets ugly . Plus, Dave Holland is sitting pretty.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 28, 2009
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Midsummer madness

After a relatively quiet summer, I saw Boston Midsummer Opera's Cosí fan tutte at BU's Tsai Center. Then I raced out to Tanglewood for a Mark Morris program accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, a BSO matinee with Ma, and all six concerts in the annua
Mark Morris, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood, Mozart in Boston, Meyerbeer at Bard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 21, 2009
Festival of Contemporary Music 2009 at Tanglewood

Festival of Contemporary Music 2009 at Tanglewood


Spooked by classical music because it’s so, well, old? (And stuffy, and stodgy, and goody-two-shoes . . . ) Try Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music...
By Shaula Clark  |  August 05, 2009
Rennie Harris Puremovement at Tanglewood

Rennie Harris Puremovement at Tanglewood


And on your way back from Tanglewood, you can stop off at Jacob’s Pillow and catch Rennie Harris Puremovement in four “signature works”: Something To...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 29, 2009
Mark Morris Dance Group with Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood

Mark Morris Dance Group with Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood


Check out the marquee value here: Mark Morris Dance Group in four Morris dances that include two world premieres — A Lake (Haydn), Visitation (Beethoven),...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 29, 2009


“Tanglewood on Parade” 2009 with James Levine + Keith Lockhart + John Williams

“Tanglewood on Parade” 2009 with James Levine + Keith Lockhart + John Williams


By now you know what to expect from “Tanglewood on Parade”: a slew of conductors including James Levine, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams leading every...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 22, 2009
BSO with David Robertson + Thomas Hampson at Tanglewood

BSO with David Robertson + Thomas Hampson at Tanglewood


Guest conductor David Robertson has programmed an all-American afternoon with the BSO: Roy Harris’s Symphony No. 3, Virgil Thomson’s Five Songs from William Blake and...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 22, 2009
BSO + James Levine: Ein deutsches Requiem

BSO + James Levine: Ein deutsches Requiem


James Levine’s final weekend at Tanglewood 2009 starts this evening with Brahms’s magisterial Ein deutsches Requiem. That’s with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, soprano Hei-Kyung Hong,...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 22, 2009
Tony Bennett at Tanglewood

Tony Bennett at Tanglewood


Tony who, you ask? Tony Bennett. Singing. With his band. At Tanglewood. That’s all the information we have, and all you need. In the Koussevitzky...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009
“Film Night at Tanglewood” with John Williams + Boston Pops Orchestra + Frank Langella

“Film Night at Tanglewood” with John Williams + Boston Pops Orchestra + Frank Langella


Looking for some lighter fare after last night’s Mozart and Mahler? That would be “Film Night at Tanglewood,” with John Williams leading the Boston Pops...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009


Boston Symphony Orchestra + James Levine + Leon Fleischer

Boston Symphony Orchestra + James Levine + Leon Fleischer


Summer’s hardly started and already it’s James Levine’s next-to-last weekend at Tanglewood. And this would be a good night to catch him and the Boston...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 15, 2009
Jordi Savall + Le Concert des Nation

Jordi Savall + Le Concert des Nation


  Early music gets hip when Catalan gambist Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations come to Tanglewood for two programs, one offering Lully, Biber,...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 08, 2009
Official Tanglewood 2009 opening

Official Tanglewood 2009 opening


  The official Tanglewood 2009 season starts as James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra give us Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 — the Pathétique —...
By Shaula Clark  |  July 01, 2009
Stephen Kovacevich at Tanglewood

Stephen Kovacevich at Tanglewood


  LA native, London resident, and A-List pianist Stephen Kovacevich plays Bach’s Partita No. 4 (BWV 828), Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz by...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009
Herbert Blomstedt and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra


 Looking for an excuse to extend your weekend in the Berkshires? Herbert Blomstedt and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra supply it with this Sibelius program:...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009


Juilliard String Quartet: Haydn’s “Sun Quartets” at Tanglewood

Juilliard String Quartet: Haydn’s “Sun Quartets” at Tanglewood


The second of the weekend’s big-name chamber-music ensembles, the Juilliard String Quartet, gives us a program of Haydn’s “Sun Quartets” — Nos. 27, 26, 23,...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009
Garrison Keillor + Martin Sheen + Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers at Tanglewood

Garrison Keillor + Martin Sheen + Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers at Tanglewood


Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood the Saturday before the Fourth of July has become almost as much of a tradition as...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009
Emerson String Quartet's “all-American” program at Tanglewood

Emerson String Quartet's “all-American” program at Tanglewood


“Preview week” season in Lenox kicks off with the Emerson String Quartet in an “all-American” program: Charles Ives’s String Quartet No. 1, Samuel Barber’s Adagio...
By Shaula Clark  |  June 24, 2009
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Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009