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The Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music this Week
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:00AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2022
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Tanglewood enters its second week, and the glories are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. Here's a listing of the outstanding scheduled performances and related events – all highlights for this weekend and into
next week, Friday through Monday, July 8-11.
Be sure to also consider the marvelous and diverse programs listed below at Sevenars Music Festival in Worthington, Mass, and by the Taconic Music Festival in Manchester, Vt.


Four Shed Concerts with the Boston Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Friday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.: Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in a spectacular opening night program of Leonard Bernstein's "Opening Prayer" and his jazz-inflected Symphony No. 2 ("The Age of Anxiety") and Igor Stravinsky's perfervid, atavistic 'pictures of pagan Russia' paean ("The Rite of Spring") with featured guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and baritone Jack Canfield.
• Saturday, July 9, at 8:00 p.m.: Maestro Nelsons leads the BSO in a program of Carlos Simon, and Samuel Barber's nostalgic ("Knoxville: Summer of 1915") with soprano Nicole Cabell; Duke Ellington ("New World A-Coming") for piano and orchestra, with pianist Aaron Diehl and closing with George Gershwin's scintillating "An American in Paris."
• Sunday, July 10, 2:30 p.m.: The program will feature the American premiere of Helen Grime's Trumpet Concerto ("Night-Sky Blue") with the virtuoso soloist Håkan Hardenberger, and will open and conclude with two works of Sergei Rachmaninoff - "Vocalise" and the exuberant Symphony No. 3, all under the baton of BSO maestro Andris Nelsons.
• Monday, July 11, at 8:00 p.m.: Andris Nelsons and TMC Conducting Fellows lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Maurice Ravel's neoclassic "Le Tombeau de Couperin," Richard Strauss' profoundly
philosophical "Death and Transfiguration," Schubert's Symphony No. 8, steeped with dark foreboding and Strauss' "Dance of the Seven Veils" from his great and Orientalist-tinged opera "Salome"; this program will also be available as a BSO NOW video-on-demand offering July 28–September 30 at

Ozawa Hall concerts - the reopening of the Hall since summer 2019

• Thursday, July 7, 8:00 p.m.: Program One of "Pathways from Prague," curated by Emanuel Ax and including performances by Mr. Ax, Paul Appleby, the Lorelei Ensemble, and the Dover String Quartet performing
music by Leos Janá?ek and Antonin Dvo?ák.
Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) and Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI) Activities in Studio E of the Linde Center:
• Wednesday, July 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: TLI Open Vocal Workshop with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC).
• Thursday, July 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: TLI In Conversation with soprano Nicole Cabell.
For tickets for all Tanglewood/BSO concerts (lawn and Shed seating) and for special events call (617) 266-1200 or 888-266-1200. TDD/TTY: (617) 638-9289. For local information, call (413) 637-1600. Online:

Sevenars Music Festival

Founded in 1968, Sevenars Concerts, Inc., is pleased to announce its 54th anniversary season of summer concerts, held at the Sevenars Academy.
The Music Festival will be presenting six concerts at the Sevenars Academy - Sundays, July 10 - August 14 at 4:00 p.m. Sevenars Academy is located at 15 Ireland Street, just off Route 112 in the historic Village of South Worthington, Mass.
The 2022 season continues to be true to Sevenars roots as a family festival, with featured Schrade and James family members performing, while also presenting distinguished guest composer-performers and touring artists. 
• Sunday, July 10, at 4:00 p.m.: This will be the opening summer festival concert, presenting the Schrade and James Family and friends. Schrade and James family members will perform the music of Chopin, Schubert, and Liszt, and will be joined by special guests Anita Anderson Cooper (composer/soprano) and Clifton Noble (composer/pianist). The concert will also showcase premieres of new works by these two outstanding American composers. Concert dates and times: Concerts are presented on six consecutive Sundays at 4:00 p.m., from July 10-August 14. For tickets, call (413) 238-5854 (please leave a message for a return call), or go online at .
Admission is by donation at the door (suggested $20). Refreshments will be available.

Taconic Music Festival

The exhilarating Taconic Music Festival concludes its summer agenda of great concerts with three consecutive marvelous programs.
• Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. Faculty Concert IV: TMF faculty/artists Joana Genova, Heather Braun, Ariel Rudiakov, Hannah Holman and Drew Petersen will perform works by Caroline Shaw, Maurice Ravel and César
Franck. The concert will be held at the Riley Center for the Arts, 143 Seminary Avenue, Manchester, Vt. Admission: Adults $25/Kids free.
• Sunday, July 10, at 4:00 p.m. "Sundays on the Hill": TMF mentor/artists will perform works by the young and gifted composer Sato Matsui, Reinhold Gliere, Antonin Dvo?ák and Jesse Montgomery. The performance venue is the Weston Community Church, 37 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, Vt. 05161.
• Monday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. Young Artists Coneert II: This final Taconic Music Festival concert will showcase the talents of the TMF students-in-residence, performing the music of Maurice Ravel, Beethoven, Chen Yi, and Robert Schumann. The concert will be held at the Riley Center for the Arts, 143 Seminary Avenue, Manchester, Vt. Suggested
concert admission: Adults $15/Kids free.
For specific repertoire information, including tickets, and Taconic Music's year-round programs, call (802) 362-7162 or visit online at
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