Tanglewood, Sevenars and Taconic: Classical Music Heaven

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Tanglewood, Sevenars and Taconic: Classical Music Heaven


Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. The legendary mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe offers an Open Workshop at the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) on July 10; the fabulous piano virtuoso Yuja Wang will perform Beethoven's deeply moving Fourth Piano Concerto, accompanied by maestro Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony on July 13,  and the phenomenal violinist Augustin Hadelich will be the soloist in the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No, 2 – a powerful 20th century masterpiece for the instrument. Many other stellar programs and events will be presented and showcased this week. Read below for a full listing of the stellar performances of great and amazingly diverse musical offerings.

Don't miss the captivating Sevenars Chamber Music Festival, in South Worthington, Mass. Members of the Schrade and James families join Jerry Noble to open the season with a tribute to recently departed family member David James (1947- 2024), pianistic pride of New Zealand and beloved Sevenars family member. This week, expect a rich musical palette showcasing stylistic diversity, with a program of classics by Gershwin, Brahms and Gustav Holst.

This week also marks the final concerts presented by the uniquely inspiring Taconic Music Festival, based in Manchester, Vermont. Co-founders Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova present their outstanding festival-resident mentoring/performing artists and young artists.

All three venues present their own wonderful music performed at vastly different magnificent venues, and the music features outstanding performers. Read below for the details.                                             



Here is a listing of this week's Tanglewood programs – concerts (including repertoire), lectures and related events from Wednesday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 16:

Wednesday, July 10
1:30 p.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
TLI Open Workshops: Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
8pm, Seiji Ozawa Hall
Recital Series
Miloš, guitar
"The Arts and the Hours"
WEISS (Arr. MILOS) Fantaisie
WEISS (Arr. MILOS) Passacaglia
RAMEAU (Arr. Michael LEWIN) The Arts and the Hours
HANDEL (Arr. Michael LEWIN) Menuet
J.S. BACH (Arr. MILOS) Chaconne
ALBÉNIZ (Arr. Michael LEWIN) Asturias
SCARLATTI (Arr. Michael LEWIN) Sonata in D minor,
BARRIOS Andante religioso from La Catedral (Homage
to Bach)
COUPERIN (Arr. David RUSSELL) Mysterious Barricades
Paul McCARTNEY (Arr. Sergio ASSAD) Blackbird

Thursday, July 11
1 p.m., Tent Club
TLI Talks and Walks
Anthony Fogg, moderator, with concertmaster
Nathan Cole
2 p.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
TLI The Art of Conducting: Dima Slobodeniouk

Friday, July 12

4 p.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
TLI Presents: George Balanchine—Stravinsky's
American Muse
With Jennifer Homans and Mikko Nissinen
6 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall
Prelude Concert
Robert Sheena, oboe
Cynthia Meyers, flute
Christopher Elchico, clarinet
Samuel Watson, bassoon                                                                                                                  Andrew Sandwick, bass clarinet                                                                                                          Jason Snider, horn                                                                                                                            Thomas Siders, trumpet                                                                                                                        Christine Lee, cello

QUANTZ Sonata in C minor, for flute, oboe, cello, and
harpsichord (11)
HINDEMITH Septet for Winds (18)
JANÁ?EK Mládí (18)
8 p.m., Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Boston Ballet
Mikko Nissinen, artistic director
STRAVINSKY Apollon musagète
Choreography: George Balanchine
The George Balanchine Trust

Saturday, July 13

10:30 a.m., Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Open Rehearsal, Sunday program
6 p.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning

Prelude Concert:
HARRIS Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
ENESCU Octet in C, Op. 7
8 p.m., Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Carlos SIMON Warmth from Other Suns, for string
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
ELLINGTON Three Black Kings

ELLINGTON A Tone Parallel to Harlem

Sunday, July 14
10 a.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall
TMC Chamber Music
BACEWICZ Quartet for Four Violins
KODÁLY Serenade for two violins and viola, Op. 12
DVOÁK Sextet in A, Op. 48
10:30 a.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
TLI for Families: "Join the Dance" with
BU Tanglewood Institute musicians and Jacob's Pillow
Dance Festival
Rebecca Sheir, host
2:30 p.m., Shed
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Sarah KIRKLAND SNIDER Forward into Light
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
DVOÁK Symphony No. 7
7 p.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
TMC Vocal Recital
A Journey Through The Spanish Language
TRADITIONAL La guirnalda de rosas
HEMSI Triste está la infanta
Ofer BEN-AMOTS Yo con amor
VICTORIA O Magnum Mysterium
RODRIGO ¿Con qué la lavaré?
RODRIGO Por mayo era (1901-1999)
RODRIGO Pastorcito Santo
FALLA Danza Española from La Vida Breve
TURINA Cantares Joaquín Turina
GRANADOS El majo discreto
OBRADORS El Molondrón
PIAZZOLLA Bordel 1900
MONTSALVATGE Cuba dentro de un piano
PONCE Estrellita
PIAZZOLLA Jacinto Chiclana
Gerardo GUEVARA Yaraví
LASALA Tropilla de estrellas
GÓMEZ CARRILLO Bailecito cantando
PIAZZOLLA Libertango

Monday, July 15
2 p.m., Studio E, Linde Center for Music and Learning
TLI The Art of Conducting: Andris Nelsons with TMC
8 p.m., Seiji Ozawa Hall
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
TMC Conducting Fellows
PERRY Study for Orchestra
BERNSTEIN Suite from On the Waterfront
STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments

For tickets to all Tanglewood events, call (888) 266-1200, or go online at tanglewood.org.


Sevenars Music Festival

Sunday, July 14, 4:00 p.m.: This year's opening "Family and Friends" concert will celebrate the 100th-anniversary performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Rorianne Schrade and Lynelle James will perform a festival favorite, Brahms' "Variations on a Theme by Haydn" and Christopher James will perform a piano work of Franz Liszt. The 150th anniversary of Gustav Holst will also be honored with a selection from his orchestral masterpiece, "The Planets," arranged for piano 4-hands.

Sevenars tickets, and general contact information: Phone: (413) 238-5854 (please leave a message for return call). Web: www.sevenars.org. Email: Sevenars@aol.com. Admission is by donation at the door (suggested $20). Refreshments are included.


Taconic Music Festival

Here are the three concluding concert events on Taconic Music Festival's Manchester, Vt.'s series:

Wednesday, July 10 at 7pm:

MASTERCLASS with violinist Eugene Drucker. Experience firsthand how chamber music is refined and brought to a whole new level. Former Emerson String Quartet violinist Eugene Drucker will offer insights and guidance to Taconic's Young Artists as they prepare for their July 15th  concert.  

Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm:
CHAMBER CONCERT III: Brahms and Mendelssohn
Eugene Drucker and Joana Genova, violins; Ariel Rudiakov and Stefanie Taylor, violas; Raman Ramakrishnan and Roberta Cooper, celli; pianist Drew Petersen performs 19th century chamber music masterworks.

Monday, July 15 at 7pm:

Taconic's 2024 Young Artists perform works for string quartet, quintet and piano quartet in the final concert of Taconic Music's summer festival.

Be sure to arrive early for an informal pre-concert reception on Chamber Music Saturday, beginning at 6:30, when the box office also opens. Enjoy a glass of wine or Töst, and mingle with friends before the concert begins.

For information, including tickets, and Taconic Music's year-round programs, call (802) 362-7162 or visit online at directors@taconicmusic.org. Chamber Music Saturdays are $30. for adults, free for students and kids. Reservations are recommended. Concerts will also be livestreamed.  














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Ventfort Hall: Baseball in the Berkshires

LENOX, Mass. — Larry Moore, Director of the nonprofit Baseball in the Berkshires, and a retired Physical Education Specialist, will tell about the history of baseball in the Berkshires at Ventfort Hall on Tuesday, July 16 at 4 pm. 
A tea will be served after the presentation.
According to a press release:
The game of baseball has a long and storied history in the Berkshires. From the broken window by-law of 1791 and the first college game ever played in 1859, there were 60 years of minor league teams calling the Berkshires their home. There are 40 major league players coming from the Berkshires and two of them are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Over 220 minor league players were born, raised or settled in the Berkshires. Just when you think you have a grasp on those stories someone asks about women's baseball and black baseball in the Berkshires. Going back to the late 1800's both the history of women and people of color have strong roots here. The long list of famous baseball visitors that left parts of their stories here contains the names of "Say-Hey Kid," "Joltin' Joe," "The Iron Horse" and of course, "The Babe."
Larry Moore worked as a Physical Education Specialist in the Central Berkshire Regional School District for 37 years. He taught a popular yearlong unit about the history of baseball for 25 years, along with his regular Physical Education program, to his fifth graders culminating with a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He now volunteers at the National Baseball Hall of Fame as an Outreach Educator. Nine years ago he, along with Tom Daly, Jim Overmyer and Kevin Larkin, established a group of baseball enthusiasts who established the nonprofit organization, Baseball in the Berkshires. Its mission is to tell the fascinating stories of baseball in the Berkshires through exhibits and educational programming.
As director of this group he, and his fellow volunteers, have created numerous exhibits and educational programs throughout the Berkshires. He co-authored the book "Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond." 
He is a resident of Lenox and has spent many years working with the young people of the Berkshires, as an educator, coach, official, and business owner.
Tickets are $40 for members and with advance reservation; $45 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Ticket pricing includes access to the mansion throughout the day of this event from 10 am to 4 pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations visit https://gildedage.org/pages/calendar or call at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
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