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Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Ravel

Friday, August 3, 2012
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Gerald Finley Sings Mozart and Ravel

Thursday, August 2, 2012
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A Celebration of Tanglewood

Thursday, August 2, 2012
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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra brings music, nature, and personalities together in a legendary setting. Join Classical New England and WGBH for a celebration of 75 years of Tanglewood.


Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration premieres Friday, Aug. 10, at 9pm on WGBH 2. More airings


 

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In the 1930's, a vision of classical music among the rolling hills and beautiful lakes of western Massachusetts emerged in the minds of the residents of Berkshire County, especially Miss Gertrude Robinson Smith. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Serge Koussevitzky eventually came on the scene to provide that music, and the seeds of Tanglewood were sown.

Now, 75 years after the founding of Tanglewood, Classical New England, WGBH, and PBS celebrate that original vision and its modern manifestation with a full weekend of special programs.

Listen throughout the weekend for Tanglewood Tales on Classical New England. These personal memories and stories come from our listeners and reflect both a broad range of experiences as well as the singular magical quality of Tanglewood.

Broadcast Schedule (all programs on Classical New England except where noted)
 

More from Tanglewood:
Watch Erich Leinsdorf's final interview as BSO Music Director, from Tanglewood in 1969
Friday, Aug. 10
3pm Tanglewood Turnpike
BSO broadcast host Ron Della Chiesa joins Cathy Fuller for a preview of our weekend of live concert broadcasts and highlights of music performed during the previous weekend.

7pm Tanglewood Today
Host James David Jacobs brings you an in-depth preview of our Friday night concert.

8pm Live from Tanglewood
Pinchas Zukerman leads the BSO in an All-Bach program in the roles of both violin soloist and conductor, with additional solo contributions from the BSO's Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe, Principal Oboist John Ferrillo, and Principal Flutist Elizabeth Rowe.

Meet BSO Principal Flutist Elizabethe Rowe

Tanglewood sign

Tanglewood entrance
9pm on WGBH 2 Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
Watch a gala performance celebrating Tanglewood, with conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams, and David Zinman, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, vocalist James Taylor, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and more. (Watch a preview above, and see our broadcast schedule for more airings.)




Saturday, Aug. 11

Ozawa Hall

Seiji Ozawa Hall
5pm Gala Opening of Seijii Ozawa Hall
For the first time ever Classical New England brings you the opening concert of Ozawa Hall, recorded on July 7, 1994, with former BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Peter Serkin, and members of the Bernstein family.

7pm Tanglewood Today
Host Larry King brings you an in-depth preview of our Saturday night concert.



8pm Live from Tanglewood

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma is the soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto, and Stéphane Denève conducts the world premiere of André Previn's Music for Boston and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.

Stéphane Denève talks about Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

Sunday, Aug. 12
6am The Bach Hour: Bach in the Berkshires
Host Brian McCreath brings you performances of Bach's music from Tanglewood, with the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart
Noon Boston Pops on New England Summer Festivals
Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a program that includes Duke Ellington's Harlem, and the evocative score to Taxi Driver by Bernard Hermann.

1pm Tanglewood Today
Host Rani Schloss brings you an in-depth preview of our Sunday afternoon concert.




2pm Live from Tanglewood

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis is the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, and Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Richard Strauss' Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks.

5pm The Bach Hour: Bach in the Berkshires
Host Brian McCreath brings you performances of Bach's music from Tanglewood, with the BSO and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Hear the program

6pm Arias and Barcarolles: Elly Ameling at Tanglewood
Host Cathy Fuller shares highlights from an all-Schubert recital with pianist Rudolf Jansen at Tanglewood's Theatre Concert Hall in July of 1987.

Hear the program

Lion Gate at Tanglewood

Lion Gate at Tanglewood
Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration
Co-hosts Ron Della Chiesa and Fred Child of Performance Today bring you all the music from Tanglewood's gala celebration of its 75th birthday, with three orchestras, five conductors, including Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Andris Nelsons, and guests artists including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and singer James Taylor.

9pm BSO on Record: Koussevitzky's Final Tanglewood Recordings
Classical New England's BSO broadcast producer Brian Bell brings you the stories and the music from Serge Koussevitzky's final recording sessions with the BSO at Tanglewood.


More from Tanglewood, including the full broadcast schedule and on-demand concerts


(Tanglewood entrance image courtesy of Great Performances; all other images courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Tanglewood Tales: Leinsdorf's Exit Interview

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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Erich Leinsdorf

Erich Leinsdorf

"No piece of music presented a problem. Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem,' of which we gave the American premiere, was taken apart and put together with the skill of a musical architect."

- Harry Ellis Dickson, Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist, on conductor Erich Leinsdorf


In 1962, the Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomed Austrian conductor Erich Leinsdorf to Symphony Hall as the orchestra's new music director. The previous 13 years with the mercurial Charles Munch as music director were in some ways magical and in others problematic.

Classical New England's Brian Bell tells the story of Leinsdorf's career with the BSO in an audio documentary.

Hear Part 1

Hear Part 2
Leinsdorf brought a new emphasis on discipline, clarity, and detail in the ensemble's playing. His background as an assistant to Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini, as well as extensive work with the Metropolitan Opera, gave him the basis for new programmatic directions with the BSO. He also took a very active role as the leader of the Tanglewood Music Center, and it was during his tenure that the Boston Symphony Chamber Players were founded.

Leinsdorf's tenure was not always smooth, but by the time he left the BSO in 1969, the organization was transformed. At Tanglewood that summer, before his final concert as music director, he talked with WGBH's Jordan Whitelaw, an interview you can watch here in three parts, with introductions by Classical New England's BSO broadcast host, Ron Della Chiesa.

Part 1: Highlights of Leinsdorf's years at the BSO



Part 2: Music in the media, including television



Part 3: The future of contemporary music





Video of Jordan Whitelaw's interview with Erich Leinsdorf courtesy of WGBH Archives.

 

Dutoit Conducts French Masterpieces

Friday, July 27, 2012
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Susan Graham Sings Berlioz at Tanglewood

Thursday, July 26, 2012
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