With James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma in attendance, BSO opening gala takes in $330,000

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LENOX -- The typically glittery opening night gala for the Boston Symphony's summer residency at Tanglewood took in $330,000 to support the orchestra's activities here, according to BSO Board Chairman Steve Weber.

The Russian-themed party was held under a giant, appropriately decorated tent in super-sultry conditions last Friday evening. The typical jacket-and-tie dress code was abandoned via an email notification to ticket-holders, inviting them to appear in short sleeves, as many did.

James Taylor, on sabbatical from touring this year, attended the dinner and the all-Tchaikovsky concert with his wife, Kim. They were joined by their friend, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma. During a brief intermission chat, JT acknowledged that while he misses the concert stage, he and his band will be back next year, all the stronger. A new album of original material is in progress.

The Taylors, this time with one of their twin sons, Henry, returned Sunday afternoon to hear their friend, country star Vince Gill. During his show with the Boston Pops, Gill saluted Taylor from the stage for bringing him to Tanglewood for the first time two summers ago for a cameo -- a surprise appearance during one of JT's three Shed concerts. On July 4, Taylor also was on hand to hear and meet with singer Jackson Browne, who performed "Sweet Baby James" during the concert.


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