Nothing like your first horn solo at Tanglewood's Instrument Playground


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LENOX — The Instrument Playground in Tanglewood's Tent Club was a busy cacophony of fun for musical novices old and young alike on Tuesday.

"It's a bit quieter today than it was in June for the Family Fun Fest," said volunteer Peter Bluhm. "There are more adults this time around."

The Instrument Playground was just one event for the annual Tanglewood on Parade event at the famous Lenox concert hall. The event doubles as a fundraiser for the Tanglewood Music Center, now in its 76th year.

From 2 p.m. on, attendees were welcomed to enjoy a mix of concerts and outdoor enjoyment at the event, culminating in a gala concert featuring conductors including John Williams and the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras.

The Instrument Playground is a favorite for fans of Tanglewood and the perfect place to introduce kids to the center said Lenox Chamber of Commerce Director Kameron Spaulding.

"The tent at Tanglewood is yet another example of the work being done to make sure we have a new generation that fall in love with the Berkshires and the Tanglewood experience," Spaulding said.

The youth was on display in the tent. Will Peltz-Smalley, a junior at New Lebanon, N.Y.'s Darrow School, was on hand to teach the violin. Peltz-Smalley is a high school young ambassador helping Tanglewood over the summer in a volunteer capacity.

"I help out with concerts and events," Peltz-Smalley explained. "And I taught violin at the Family Fun Fest Instrument Playground as well."

On the other end of the tent, Ian Flynn played the tuba as his brother Ben and babysitter Jodi Standring looked on.

"He's a natural talent," Standring said. The Eagle watched Flynn take to French horn and violin with enthusiasm and skill over the course of the afternoon.

Bob and Irma Gal manned the tent's entrance, acting as greeters. The two volunteers are from West Stockbridge and have been volunteering for Tanglewood for years. They said they looked forward to hearing the Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines perform later in the evening.

"They performed at the West Stockbridge Historical Society last month," Irma Gal said. "They were fantastic."

Great Barrington Historical Society Chairman Paul Ivory watched as his grandchildren Giles and Abby tried out the clarinet. The kids are in town for a few weeks from San Rafael, Calif.

Over at the cello table, John and Barb Harvey watched as their grandson Colin tried his hand at the large stringed instrument.

The Harveys are originally from Wisconsin but now make their home in the Finger Lakes region, in Corning, NY. Colin lives in nearby Bainbridge.

"We've been coming for thirty years," Barb Harvey said. "We love it here at Tanglewood."


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