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Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars Music Festival
Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:45AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2022
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As Tanglewood enters its third week, massed stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony performs chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic Czech masters Janacek, Dvorak, and to experience two landmark works: Mozart’s great operatic masterpiece “Don Giovanni” and Brahms’ resplendent choral magnum opus, “A German Requiem.”
If the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding chamber music performances to be enjoyed at the intimate and warm-spirited Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington, Mass.
Read on for the musical details at both venues. Each presents great music performed by marvelous performers and within idyllic settings.
• Thursday, 8:00 p.m. July 14 in Ozawa Hall: Pianist/conductor Emanuel Ax presents the second “Pathways from Prague” program, joined by pianist Mackenzie Melemed and the Cantus ensemble in performances of the Czech-inspired choral and two-piano music of Janá?ek, Dvo?ák, and Harry Burleigh
• Friday, 8:00 p.m. July 15 in the Shed: Boston Pops Music Director Keith Lockhart leads the orchestra in a live performance/big screen showing with John Williams'; classic film score to “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes
• Saturday, 8:00 p.m. July 16 in the Shed: Andris Nelsons leads the BSO, The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a stellar cast of vocal soloists in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” with vocalists Janai Brugger, Michelle Bradley, Nicole Cabell, Will Liverman, Ryan McKinny, and Amitai Pati.
• Sunday, July 17, 2:30 p.m. in the Shed: An Andris Nelsons-led program of the American premiere of Fazil Say’s” Phoenix” (‘Anka Ku?u’), for piano four-hands, with soloists Lucas and Arthur Jussen and Brahms’ “A German Requiem,” with soprano Ying Fang and bass-baritone Shenyang and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor.
EVENTS AT THE LINDE CENTER - Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI):
• Wednesday, July 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Open piano workshop with pianist Stephen Drury.
• Thursday, July 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Studio E: In conversation with soprano (‘Zerlina’) Janai Brugger.
• Thursday, July 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The TLI presents an Open Vocal Workshop with soprano Dawn Upshaw coaching Vocal Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center.
• Sunday, July 17, 8:00-9:30 p.m.: The TLI Presents pianist Stephen Drury performing Frederic Rzewski’s magnificent 20th century piano masterpiece, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” 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 showcasing its 54st anniversary season of six summer concerts, held at the Academy in the historic village of South Worthington, MA, located at 15 Ireland Street, just off MA Route 112.
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 17, 4:00 p.m. will feature works of Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Franck and Villa-Lobos for cello/piano duo. Christopher James, cellist, and pianist Luis F. Ortiz will join forces again in a program including Schubert (the "Arpeggione" Sonata - in honor of Schubert's 225th anniversary), Schumann, Dvorak, Franck, and Villa-Lobos.
Concerts are presented on six consecutive Sundays at 4:00 p.m., from July 10-August 14. Phone: (413) 238-5854 (please leave a message for a return call). Online: . Email: . Admission is
by donation at the door (suggested $20). Refreshments will be available. For questions or information, you may contact us by email:
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