Friday, August 17, 2012

Tanglewood — 2012/08/17-19

August 17.   On Friday evening, the BSO will perform
COPLAND - Suite from Appalachian Spring
BARBER - Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7
For links to program notes and audio previews, go to the BSO concert details page (or click on the icons above). The Copland is easy listening (but not bad stuff), and the Beethoven 7th is a guaranteed standing ovation producer. Augustin Hadelich solos in the Barber. Click on his photo for more info about him. It will be interesting to hear his first performance with the BSO.

August 18.  Saturday brings us "John Williams' 80th Birthday Celebration." On the details page, you can find photos depicting some of the participants (but no links to notes or audio). You get name and position by moving your cursor to the picture, and more info by clicking on it. They will give us
WILLIAMS - Olympic Fanfare and Theme
KERN & HAMMERSTEIN - "The Song Is You"
WILLIAMS - Three Concert Pieces
WILLIAMS - Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-terrestrial
WILLIAMS - Fanfare for Fenway
WILLIAMS - Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
ARR. WILLIAMS - Air and Simple Gifts
WILLIAMS - Going to School from Memoirs of a Geisha
WILLIAMS - Theme from Schindler's List
WILLIAMS - Main Title from Star Wars
WILLIAMS - Happy Birthday Variations

August 19.  The Sunday matinee brings us the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert, conducted this year by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
BEETHOVEN - Violin Concerto
BARTÓK - Concerto for Orchestra
This time the details page gives us the usual links to notes and audio. Gil Shaham solos in the Beethoven "Mientkiewicz" Concerto. It's one of the pieces I really like. The Bartók Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned by Serge Koussevitsky and premiered by the BSO. I have the feeling that the BSO owns this piece. So I'm especially looking forward to this concert. Edited to add: But it's not the Boston Symphony Orchestra that will be playing on Sunday afternoon. It will be the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra: the students who are attending the BSO's"summer school" at Tanglewood.

Classical New England will broadcast/stream all three, with the usual warm-ups beforehand. See also their page about the BSO. Friday and Saturday concerts are at 7:30, Boston Time, and Sunday's is at 2:30. Tanglewood-related (loosely, at least) material begins 1 1/2 hours before the concert, with Ron Della Chiesa taking over as announcer 1/2 hour before the concert.

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