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In 1910, Maurice Ravel wrote five pieces for two pianos based on the “Mother Goose” stories for the two children of friends. The youngsters must have been gifted, if, at the ages of 6 and 7, they were able to play Ravel’s enchanting score. The following year Ravel orchestrated the piece, and it will be in its orchestral version that it will be played on Saturday evening at Tanglewood.
Two outstanding Romantic piano concertos are being featured this weekend at Tanglewood: the Piano Concerto No. 2 of Frédéric Chopin, at 8 p.m., July 22, and the Second Piano Concerto of Johannes Brahms, 2:30 p.m., July 24. They represent very different ways of dealing with the genre.
Kids 4 Harmony's 10th anniversary gala celebration will take place Thursday, June 23, at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood. The gala kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a catered reception followed at 7 p.m. by performances by 35 K4H students, Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax and the Elayne P. Bernstein Ensemble.
The Boston Symphony’s summer home returns to the “old normal” this summer after a 2020 pandemic wipeout and a condensed six-week 2021 season.
From a home here in this hill town, a daring, dangerous, complicated and ultimately successful rescue effort was coordinated beginning last August. It made international news. It’s music to the ears of the world.
Highlighting the return of live classical music to the Berkshires in 2021, Tanglewood reopened with a jolt of energy that seemed it could be felt all the way back in Boston.
Classical music critic Andrew L. Pincus believes Saturday night's Tanglewood performance by Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma is better suited for the enclosed Ozawa Hall.
He writes, "What can you do? These three are admirable musicians, both individually and as an ensemble. On the lawn, where the music is amplified, hearing might have been better. From a seat in the center of the Shed, where amplification is a no-no, all a listener could do was strain his ears and think: next year, next year …"
LENOX — Cars filled the lots. Picnickers filled the lawn. Friends greeted friends.
SOUTH EGREMONT — A white party tent stretches across a farm field. A couple of hundred people take their seats. The musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Ema…