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June 20, 2013

Bring Tanglewood to Your Backyard

99.5 WCRB, Classical New England airing live broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from Tanglewood all summer long
Cathy Fuller and Ron Della Chiesa hosting weekend broadcasts starting Friday, July 5
‘Tanglewood on Parade’ set for August 6
BOSTON, Mass. (June 20, 2013) For more than three quarters of a century, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers amidst the lakes and hills of western Massachusetts. Today, more than 350,000 visitors travel to Tanglewood for a wide range of outdoor musical performances. Continuing its own decades-long tradition, 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England will once again broadcast the BSO’s summer season from Tanglewood. Hosts Cathy Fuller and Ron Della Chiesa will carry on their broadcast partnership from the Symphony Hall season with live broadcasts of all 25 BSO Tanglewood performances. The Opening Night concert is scheduled for July 5 at 8pm.
“If you can’t get to Tanglewood this summer, let us bring it to you. Every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, Classical New England invites the entire Greater Boston region to escape the summer heat with live broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s celebrated concerts at Tanglewood,” said Benjamin K. Roe, managing director of WCRB, Classical New England. “The BSO’s Tanglewood performances are the embodiment of what we are always looking to present: great music in a relaxing and welcoming setting.”
WCRB, Classical New England – a radio service of WGBH – will broadcast live BSO performances from the Koussevitzky Music Shed every Friday (8pm), Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (2pm) throughout the months of July and August. The summer series kicks off on Friday, July 5 at 8pm with an Opening Night program celebrating Tchaikovsky. The opening concert will feature violinist Joshua Bell and conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Throughout the summer season, WCRB, Classical New England will broadcast all 25 BSO concerts from Tanglewood, including performances with the Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and special guests that include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and Broadway diva Audra McDonald. On Tuesday, August 6, all three orchestras and the entire WCRB, Classical New England on-air team will be on hand for ‘Tanglewood on Parade,’ the summer festival’s annual day-long open house. WCRB will broadcast live from Tanglewood all day, sharing stories and music from the Berkshires with listeners across New England. The season concludes on Sunday, August 25 with the traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 – the ‘Ode to Joy’ – featuring the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and conductor Bernard Haitink.
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