It has kind of "snuck up" on me. (For my foreign readers, the correct word is theoretically "sneaked," but "snuck" is regularly used colloquially, as if it were an irregular verb like a German strong verb.) The Tanglewood season of the Boston Symphony opens this evening, July 6, at 8:30, Eastern Time. Since this is the 75 Anniversary season of BSO concerts at Tanglewood, and they'll be performing a lot of music from that season or related to their 75 years at Tanglewood, I had been thinking of doing a season preview with just dates and composers, but I procrastinated too much, so I'll just try to do the weekly previews.
July 6 The BSO website says
July 6 is Opening Night at Tanglewood!
For links to program notes and audio previews, you can go to the page for this concert.
I'm definitely looking forward to this one.
July 7 The website tells us
Barber, Ravel, Meyer and Tchaikovsky: July 7 at Tanglewood
The page for this particular program also has links to notes and audio. It also gives this fuller description of the program:
Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts in a concert featuring popular violinist Joshua Bell-a Tanglewood guest every year since 1989-and bassist-composer Edgar Meyer, who last appeared at Tanglewood in 2000. The program will include the world premiere of Mr. Meyer's Double Concerto for violin, double bass, and orchestra-an appropriate programming nod to Tanglewood's founder and BSO Music Director 1925-1949, Serge Koussevitzky, himself a virtuoso bass player. Bell and Meyer have collaborated for many years in music ranging from bluegrass to classical. The program also includes Barber's Overture to The School for Scandal and two works by Tchaikovsky: Meditation, for violin and orchestra and the Symphony No. 4, a work performed as part of the second-ever Tanglewood concert on August 7, 1937.
Unfortunately, my brother will probably call from Japan during the world premiere of the Meyer concerto. I'll try to remember to set up my tape recording system (yes, I still record on audiocassettes) so I can listen later — maybe during the Pops concert on Sunday. ;)
July 8 On Sunday we get
As usual, you can listen to the concerts on Classical New England's webstream (or broadcast, if you're within range of the transmitter.) They tell us somewhere that the broadcast/webstream will begin at 8:00 this evening, but I can't find the times for the remaining broadcasts. I'll guess that they will also be 1/2 hour before the scheduled concert time — therefore 8:00 again on Saturday, and 2:00 on Sunday. But your guess is as good as mine. Classical New England also has a page where they have links to all sorts of audio material — mostly the producer, Brian Bell, analyzing some of the music to be played and interviewing conductors and performers. Some of that material may also be included in the pre-concert broadcast and during intermissions. You can reach that page either through the link I provided or by clicking on "Boston Symphony Orchestra" under the heading "Classical New England Programs" on the right side of the CNE home page.
Edited July 7 to correct date in title.