Tanglewood tales: Jessica Zhou, principal harp

Jessica Zhou, principal harp

Q: Where will you be staying this summer?

A: My family and I are very fortunate to own a house in Lenox, we love our neighbors in the neighborhood and the easy commute to the Tanglewood grounds.

Q: Who is planning to stay with you or visit you?

A: My husband, my two kids who are 4 and 3 years old. My mother also comes from California and stays with us during Tanglewood. And my best friends who live in New York usually come up and spend July 4th weekend with us. This summer, we are also expecting some cousins from China, who will be visiting the Berkshires for the very first time.

Q: What do you like to do during your free time in the Berkshires?

A: I don't have a lot of free time while at Tanglewood. But when I do, my favorite thing is to go antique shopping. We have driven to most of the antique shops in the Berkshires. Since we just bought our house in Lenox a couple of years ago, we have been slowly furnishing it with our antique finds. We also like to take the kids to Jiminy Peak's adventure park. I am also hoping to hike up Monument Mountain this summer with my daughter, who turns 5 in August.

Q: What's your favorite Berkshires restaurant?

A: We love Xicohtencatl in Great Barrington and Nudel in Lenox.

Q: Which cultural institutions do you visit while you're in the Berkshires?

A: Every summer we make a visit to the Clark. I have videos of my son's first few steps taken at the Clark, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart.

Q: What's the best experience you've had during summers in the Berkshires?

A: Apart from the constant music making with my BSO colleagues during Tanglewood, it would have to be picnicking on the lawn of Tanglewood and listening to concerts with friends and family. I also have vivid memories of both of my kids learning to walk while at Tanglewood, which will always stay in my mind as the best Berkshires experiences.

Q: What's the strangest experience you've had during summers in the Berkshires?

A: I haven't had many what I would call strange experiences, but every time when I see any kind of wild animals out and about in the Berkshires is something special. I remember once I was driving out of the east gate of the Shed parking lot, I saw a family of three bears across the road, taking a walk on the open field parking lot across from me. It looked like a beautiful painting with three bears against a field of green background of the grass. I watched them for a while until they walked back to the woods. I always look for them when I drive out the same parking lot, but haven't seen them back yet.


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