BSO Appoints Director of New Tanglewood Learning Institute

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LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed Sue Elliott as the inaugural Judith and Stewart Colton director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.

A new concept in cultural education that launches in summer 2019, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will bring together musicians, artists, academics and patrons, in person and through online technology and distance learning, to engage in compelling programming that relates to and deepens the experience of Tanglewood concerts and classical music.

Elliott's wide-ranging background — she has held high level creative, administrative and academic positions at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Seattle Opera and Houston Grand Opera — includes decades of experience in the fields of music education, community engagement, creative program building, and distance learning, making her an ideal person to take on the role of director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute. Elliott will work directly with Anthony Fogg, the William I. Bernell BSO artistic administrator and director of Tanglewood.

Though full program details about the launch of the Tanglewood Learning Institute won't be announced until early 2019, the first season will revolve around four different carefully structured and curated weekend programs to include all or any combination of the following: talks and lectures, film presentations, panel discussions, master class and rehearsal access, musical demonstrations, and workshops, as well as other related activities drawing upon the themes of the weekend’s musical performances, including concerts by the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras taking place in the Shed.



The programs of the Tanglewood Learning Institute will take place in a major new four-building Center for Music and Learning opening in 2019; these new buildings will also support the many performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's acclaimed academy for advanced musical training. Located on the Tanglewood grounds in close proximity to Ozawa Hall, these new highly sustainable climate-controlled buildings will be the first Tanglewood venues to be available for year-round use to accommodate events and concerts by the BSO and its cultural partners, as well as others in the Berkshire community, throughout Tanglewood’s off-season.

An  accomplished  clarinetist  and  pianist,  Elliott  holds  a  master  of  music  performance  degree  from  the
University of Southern California, an artist diploma from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor of
music performance degree from McGill University.

 


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Tanglewood's Online Festival Continues

By Stephen DanknerGuest Columist

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will enter its seventh week with a capacious selection of state-of-the-art digital audio and video streams. These performances were recorded at Tanglewood’s breathtaking spaces at the superbly designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood’s new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI). Other concerts will include performances previously recorded and archived by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. 

A unique, all-encompassing digital music festival, the diversity of programming replicates a choice selection of the previously announced 2020 live performances Tanglewood had hoped to present this summer, but which had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus. 

Here is this week’s schedule of streamed events, from Wednesday, Aug. 12, through Tuesday, Aug. 16.

New content, recorded especially for the online festival:

• Aug. 12, 8 p.m.: Recitals from the World Stage featuring Boston Symphony Chamber Players, joined by pianist Vivian Choi, in works by Poulenc, Allison Loggins-Hull (played by BSO Principal Flute Elizabeth Rowe), Henze, Stravinsky, and Brahms, hosted by Karen Allen.

• Aug. 14, 8 p.m.: BSO Musicians in Concert with Alexander Velinzon, Danny Kim, Adam Esbensen, Toby Oft, Stephen Lange, James Markey, and Mike Roylance, hosted by Lauren Ambrose, performing music by Beethoven and Baroque and 20th-century works for brass ensemble. 

• Aug. 15, 8 p.m.: Great Performers in Recital featuring pianist Conrad Tao performing pieces by Beethoven, Crawford Seeger, David Lang, Tania León, and Conrad Tao, hosted by Nicole Cabell.

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