Category Archives: Music

Treasure at Tanglewood: Saturday morning talks and rehearsals a welcome opportunity to enjoy and learn

By Lesley Ann Beck Every summer Saturday, an enthusiastic audience gathers at Tanglewood at 9:30 in the morning, ready to learn about the program for the Sunday afternoon concert. On Saturday, July 16, they were rewarded with a wealth of … Continue reading

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Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra offers a stellar performance on a perfect Sunday afternoon

Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Christoph Von Dohnanyi, conducting; Emanuel Ax, piano Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013 Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck   Mozart and Mahler were performed with panache and passion last Sunday when the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, led … Continue reading

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Verdis magnificent Requiem Mass at Tanglewood

  Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck Requiem Mass by Guiseppe Verdi Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by Carlo Montanaro with soloists Kristine Opolais, Lioba Braun, Dmytro Popov, and Eric Owens Koussevitzky Music Shed, Saturday, July 27 [Lenox, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare & Company presents None but the Lonely Heart, an innovative evening of theater and music

  None But The Lonely Heart: The Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, through August 3, 2013 Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck [Lenox, MA] — In None but the Lonely Heart, … Continue reading

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Opening night at Tanglewood: Joshua Bell and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky program

  Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck There was a marvelous display of musical pyrotechnics on stage at Tanglewood on Friday evening, July 5, when Joshua Bell and the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed an opening night all-Tchaikovsky program in the Koussevitzky … Continue reading

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2012: The Boston Pops Orchestra and a stellar array of guests celebrate John Williams in grand fashion in an inspiring concert

John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin, and Shi-Yeon Sung Tanglewood Saturday, August 18, 2012 Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck The folks at Tanglewood really know how to celebrate. Saturday nights concert marking … Continue reading

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Spectacular performances by Bernadette Peters and the Boston Pops make for a perfect Tanglewood afternoon

Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart, July 8, 2012 Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck A sunny afternoon, the Boston Pops, and the extraordinary Bernadette Peters combined for a perfect Tanglewood afternoon. Sundays concert, the first Boston Pops performance of … Continue reading

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The BSO and a stellar cast of soloists deliver a superb performance of the opera Porgy and Bess

Tanglewood, Friday, August 26 The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, an opera in three acts by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, Ira Gershwin The Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus conducted by John Oliver … Continue reading

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Gil Shaham and Morgan Freeman illuminate Film Night at Tanglewood

Film Night at Tanglewood

August 20, 2011

Reviewed by Lesley Ann Beck

[LENOX, Mass.] Tanglewood was a marvelous place to be last Saturday evening, from the very pleasant late summer weather to John Williams highly entertaining Film Night performance with the Boston Pops Orchestra. While Williams and the Pops are reason enough to venture to the Shed on an August night, Saturdays performance also boasted two wonderful guests: actor Morgan Freeman and violinist Gil Shaham. Freemans narration of a William Faulkner story was pure pleasure to hear and Shahams beautiful playing added depth and poignancy to the score of Schindlers List.
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The Boston Pops delivered a lively, entertaining afternoon of Broadway classics including a salute to Cole Porter

[LENOX, Mass.]It was a glorious afternoon at Tanglewood, as the throngs of people gathered on the lawn (clustered under the spreading trees for welcome shade or soaking up the sunshine on picnic blankets) can attest. Conductor Keith Lockhart led the Boston Pops Orchestra in an entertaining and engaging program of music by American composers and songwriters with a distinct nod to Broadway, beginning with Richard Rodgers and including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and then, after the intermission, a vibrant salute to Cole Porter, with Broadway stars Jason Danieley and Kelli OHara providing spectacular vocals. Continue reading

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