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A Profusion of Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival's classical programming, the spotlight will focus on a range of music in varied genres.

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Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music

Tanglewood this week will be very rewarding and diverse, with spectacular musical riches across the centuries, representing the progressive continuum of styles: music that’s both time-honored and new, and everything in-between.

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Close Encounters

With the arrival of August, we are at the pinnacle of the music festival season. Concerts at Tanglewood traverse a wide range of musical genres and styles.

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The Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Summit

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its summit, with sure-fire programming.

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Great Music and More at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Berkshire High Peaks Festival

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren't enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding performances to be enjoyed at the Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington, Mass., and at the Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival, presented by Close Encounters With Music in Great Barrington, Mass., in a series of concerts from July 23 through Aug. 2.

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Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music Highlight the Week

All three venues present magnificent music performed at superb venues in pristine, bucolic settings by marvelous performers.

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The Three Ts: Tanglewood, Taconic, Tannery Pond

Why go? To be amazed! Read about the stellar music making, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites by audiences worldwide, and for the many personal and historical perspectives you'll discover at the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) presentations.

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Tanglewood's Learning Institute Opens This Week

It's clear that this will be an especially exciting and brilliant festival season.

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Tanglewood's New Learning Institute Is A Bold New Chapter

This bold initiative by the BSO represents a dramatic new chapter in the life of Tanglewood and a major investment in the festival's future.

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Summer Music Festival Season is About to Begin

These are the music festivals that make our locality a cultural capital, drawing thousands to hear great music – popular, classical chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, contemporary classical, et al – to experience legendary artists perform masterworks within the verdant hills and dales of the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont we call home.

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Tanglewood's Bernstein Celebration Was a Spectacular Tribute

And on the anniversary of the actual date of his birth - Aug. 25 - Tanglewood created a singular, spectacular event celebrating all the aspects of the musical life of the man known to all as "Lenny."

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Book Review: Mister E's Mysteries Are Great Fun

Elias is also a master storyteller/novelist, who has published six thrillers – all combining his love of music with a fabulously crafted fiction style to create an unusual, original and gripping series of novel-length mysteries.

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Final Summer Tanglewood Concerts Honor Bernstein

Before the "Ninth," there are three exceptional programs you should consider attending in Ozawa Hall and in the Shed this week – most importantly the astounding lineup of talent that will comprise “Celebrating Lenny at Tanglewood” – an evening-long festival-within-a-festival, on Aug. 25, which is also the great man's 100th birthday.

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Tannery Pond

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and solo piano music by Beethoven, Brahms, Britten and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Copland, Bartók and Shostakovich.

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Tanglewood Presents Powerhouse Programs

The "heavy hitters" are John Williams' "Film Night" - always an audience favorite event and a high point of each year's Tanglewood offerings - led by Mr. Williams and Boston Symphony maestro Andris Nelsons

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars

The week's highlight, on Aug. 7, will be the all-day "Tanglewood on Parade" events. Read below for the details.

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Classical Music High Season is Ablaze

During late July into early August, with concerts at Tanglewood and at other celebrated regional venues, the classical music festival high season lights up with sure-fire programming.

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Concerts at Tanglewood, Sevenars Are Not To Be Missed

Fabulous guest artists – the masterful pianist Emanuel Ax, brilliant violinists Pamela Frank and Christian Tetzlaff and the phenomenal Emerson String Quartet – will take center stage.

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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music, Sevenars Shine

Simply stated, what you’ll see and hear this week in these four venues is a sampling of the very best within the richness and diversity of classical music programming in our region – all brilliantly performed.

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Tanglewood Classical Season Opens; Taconic Blossoms

There’s diverse musical fare, from Mozart, Brahms and Richard Strauss to Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein.

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Summer Classical Music Festival Season Heats Up

Concertgoers will have the opportunity to hear great chamber music performed at its artistic best, in inviting and intimate surroundings.

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Classical 'High Season' Bursts Upon the Scene

This week, three magnificent presenter "T"s share the spotlight, offering fabulous musical pleasures: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Concerts and Taconic Music.

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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing venues to visit and performances to attend. Each week there will be "something to suit every taste," as the saying goes, but I will try, from mid-June through Labor Day, to highlight exceptional offerings that may pique your interest.

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E-Book Review: 'Symphonies & Scorpions' by Gerald Elias

Now, Elias has just released his first downloadable e-book, "Symphonies & Scorpions." A memoir, he has subtitled it "Ramblings of a Wand'ring Minstrel on the Boston Symphony's Far East Tour of 2014."

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