Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tanglewood — 2014/08/01-03

This weekend at Tanglewood can be characterized as "something for everyone." I'm posting a little early because I'll be too busy to post this on Friday.

Friday August 1  At 8:30 p.m., Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra in the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, followed by Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 — with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist. They also list Thomas Rolfs as trumpet soloist for the Shostakovich. After intermission, they'll play Symphony No. 4 of Schumann. The orchestra's performance detail page has links for program notes, an audio preview of the Schumann, and performer bios. It also includes this description of the show:
For The Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert on Friday, August 1, at 8:30 p.m., the Boston Symphony Orchestra is led by Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger and joined by renowned French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Opening the program is Tchaikovsky's classically elegant Serenade for strings and concluding it is Schumann's Symphony No. 4, an ambitious and forward-looking work that unites all four of its movements-motivically and by instructing that they be played without pause-into a single continuous musical argument. In between, Mr. Thibaudet is featured in Shostakovich's scintillating Piano Concerto No. 1, an intricate and inspired work that belongs among the composer's best. The piece also includes a brilliant solo part for trumpet, to be played by BSO principal trumpet Thomas Rolfs.

Saturday August 2 brings John Williams' Film Night at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, described as follows on the performance detail page:
John Williams' Film Night has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season. Join Mr. Williams, the Boston Pops, and special guests for a celebration of the music of the silver screen.
The page also has links to info about Maestro Williams and the Pops.

Sunday August 3  The concert will be at 2:30 and is classical-era music. With Juanjo Mena conducting and Augustin Hadelich on the violin, they will play Symphony No. 6, Le Matin, by Haydn; Violin Concerto No. 4 by Mozart; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. Go to the performance detail page, which gives this description,
Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena takes the Shed podium on Sunday, August 3, at 2:30 p.m., for a BSO concert devoted entirely to the Classical period and the Austro-German tradition. Young rising German violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the orchestra for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K.218, at the heart of the program. The Mozart is bookended by the music of his principal predecessor and successor, respectively: Haydn's Symphony No. 6, Le Matin, to begin the program, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, to close it. All three works capture their composers at the beginning of their careers and showcase their early genius. Mr. Mena was announced as a replacement conductor for Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who sadly passed away on Wednesday, June 11.
for links to performer bios, as well as program notes and audio previews for the Mozart and Beethoven works.

All three concerts will be broadcast and streamed live by WCRB, Friday and Saturday at 8:30, and Sunday at 2:30, with preliminary material a half hour earlier. Their BSO page contains listings of the remaining programs of the Tanglewood season and links to interviews and previous concerts available on demand.

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