Jeremy Yudkin is a professor of music at Boston University. He gives preconcert talks for Tanglewood weekends every Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Lenox Town Hall.
The Tanglewood Music Festival was back in full force this summer. Music columnist Jeremy Yudkin reflects on the season as a whole.
Michael Tilson Thomas, on Sunday, led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a stirring performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, ending the Tanglewood classical season.
On Sunday afternoon, Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and “Psalm 90” of Charles Ives.
Violinist Gil Shaham and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will join the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Aug. 26 for a program of Dvořák, Shostakovich, and Borodin.
Homage, reference, quotation, imitation, influence, borrowing, debt, plagiarism. These all lie along a spectrum of possibilities whereby one composer refers to the music of another. Saturday and Sunday’s concerts at Tanglewood gave us a fascinating opportunity to consider this spectrum.
On Friday and Saturday, Tanglewood will hold celebrations for two maestros of modern show business: Stephen Sondheim and John Williams, both A…
Modest, self-effacing, generous, broad-minded and supremely gifted, Yo-Yo Ma has devoted his life to improving the world — not just by playing his cello, but by bringing the world together.
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.
The Tanglewood concert on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 7, provided a wonderful variety of music, from the delicate shimmer of strings to the heart-stopping loveliness of a double concerto to the thunderous power of a large orchestra in full flood.
The widely held consensus that Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D (to be performed at Tanglewood on Saturday night by violinist Joshua Bell and the Boston Symphony Orchestra during Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta's BSO debut) is one of the greatest concertos for the instrument and that it is high on the list of the composer’s best works belies some of its earlier reception.