David Noel Edwards is a writer, graphic designer, rattlesnake photographer and composer of incidental music for film, ballet and theater. He began his musical career at age 4, singing in his mother’s church choirs. In the early 1980s, he wrote and performed three pop music albums and fronted the David Edwards Band in tours of North America and Great Britain, opening for acts such as Randy Stonehill, Cliff Richard and U2. In 2007, David returned to his first love—orchestral music—as a composition auditor at the Tanglewood Music Center and as the composer of a new ballet of “Dracula” (http://www.dnedwards.com/dracula_links.html), which premiered in 2008 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Scores for Carl Sprague’s film “Summer,” Wharton Salon’s “Autres Temps” and Juliane Hiam’s “Belle of the Books” followed. He is now at work on a Beethoven biography for children that will come out in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Although he makes more sweeping generalizations than any writer in the world, David uses hyperbole only in service to the truth. He and his pet tarantula live by Queechy Lake in Canaan, New York.
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Saturday, 1 Dec 2018 - Start preparing yourself now for a summer of unbelievable fabulosity.
Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 - Philosophy isn't generally considered a laughing matter. But to these practitioners, joking is serious business, not only because laughter eases suffering, but also because the deepest meaning of esoteric ideas is often inaccessible without the aid of a few chuckles.
Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 - Just a few hours before the polls closed Tuesday, Nov. 6, a sign of new hope lit up the sky above Queechy Lake.
REVIEW: Father and son Ellis and Wynton Marsalis showcase taste, technical chops to jazz aficionados at Tanglewood
Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 - Ellis Marsalis' first chord made you glad to be in a venue where they know how to properly mic a grand piano. His second chord made you glad you were listening to a man with nothing to prove.
PREVIEW: Steve Martin and Martin Short to bring stand-up comedy, musical numbers, reminiscences to Tanglewood
Friday, 31 Aug 2018 - Steve Martin and Martin Short have been touring together sporadically since 2016. To no one's surprise, they have gotten their act down to a fine science.
Saturday, 25 Aug 2018 - Lenny's legendary encounter at the Highwood Manor House wouldn't be the last time he would detect paranormal activity on the Tanglewood grounds.
Friday, 17 Aug 2018 - This will be the Boston Symphony Orchestra's first collaboration with the Boston Ballet.
Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 - The extreme technical and emotional demands placed on performers of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 have a way of separating the men and women from the boys and girls.
Monday, 13 Aug 2018 - Beethoven suffered fools from time to time, but he wanted nothing to do with despotic megalomaniacs.
REVIEW: Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music included new and demanding pieces, mourned the loss of one of its own
Thursday, 9 Aug 2018 - Widely recognized as one of Britain's most important contemporary composers, Oliver Knussen began his association with Tanglewood and the Tanglewood Music Center when he was 18 years old.
Friday, 3 Aug 2018 - What could be more profound than instilling in an 11-year-old child a passion for classical music that would last a lifetime and change the world?
Wednesday, 1 Aug 2018 - The entire score of "The Firebird" is a revelation, and hearing it performed in concert is an exhilarating experience that Stravinsky aficionados always crave.
Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 - In live-to-picture productions, orchestras perform an entire movie score in real time as the film unspools. If a conductor gets out of sync with the moving picture, the show ends in catastrophe.
Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 - Lenox — When Chris Thile first appeared on Garrison Keillor’s radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, he was 15 years old and had been playing the mandolin since the age of 5. A couple of decades later, in 2016, Keillor retired and turned the show over to Thile. American Public Media renamed it “Live from […]
Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 - Franziska Huhn's harp demonstration was one of several "Summer Sundays" events taking place in various locations on the Tanglewood grounds this summer continuing through the end of August.
Friday, 20 Jul 2018 - Conceived as a response to Bernstein's song cycle "Songfest," Gandolfi’s new work dares to ask what it means to be an American.
Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 - To the chagrin of nearly two Earl Scruggs fans, the Flecktones' set included nothing that Earl would have recognized as bluegrass.
Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 - "Trouble in Tahiti" may not be in the same league as the enormously successful "On the Town," but it showcases the quirky, jazz-inflected melodic and harmonic writing Lenny is famous for.
Thursday, 12 Jul 2018 - The opera is famous not so much for its plot as for its melodies, which make it one of Puccini’s most accessible works and an ideal starting point for opera newbies.
Friday, 6 Jul 2018 - Now in his 30th year of delivering Tanglewood pre-concert lectures at Lenox Library, Yudkin treated the crowd to a boatload of fascinating but little-known details about three famous pieces of music and the men who created them.
MUSIC REVIEW: Lang Lang opens Tanglewood season with passionate performance of Mozart piano concerto a la Leonard Bernstein
Friday, 6 Jul 2018 - Not everyone appreciates exuberant expressivity in classical music performances, but critics in the year of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday are finding it more difficult than ever to maintain even the appearance of reasoned thinking in their expressions of contempt.
Thursday, 5 Jul 2018 - Although one must be wary of the word “definitive” when describing any musical performance, overenthusiastic critics (there are a few) must be forgiven if they use such language to describe the orchestra’s widely praised Shostakovitch performances.
Sunday, 1 Jul 2018 - A graduate of Juilliard, Audra McDonald has appeared in as many performance settings as there are performance settings (Broadway musicals, television, movies, you name it).
Friday, 29 Jun 2018 - Connick is a musical Midas: It seems everything he touches, plays or sings has a way of turning to gold.
MUSIC REVIEW: Roger Daltrey, David Crosby, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steven Stills, Judy Collins, Alison Krauss
Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 - Forty-eight years after the Kent State shootings, Crosby is once again compelled to speak out against government policies and actions that are grossly at odds with American values and the rule of law.
Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 - Professor Yudkin literally wrote the book on music appreciation: Now in its eighth edition, “Understanding Music,“ is used by more than 20,000 students across North America every year.
Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018 - Leonard Bernstein would be first in line to get two tickets for Roger Daltrey’s “Tommy” performance on June 15. One ticket for himself, one for his daughter.
Friday, 8 Jun 2018 - If you are one of those persnickety early-music aficionados who accept nothing less than perfection, then Aston Magna is your favorite band.
Wednesday, 6 Jun 2018 - Saturday’s program is perfect for anyone unfamiliar with Bernstein’s music who looks forward to hearing it at Tanglewood this summer.
Sunday, 20 May 2018 - What do you say when you meet a bear in the woods?
Monday, 14 May 2018 - By sheer force of beauty, ACRONYM makes uninitiated listeners fall in love with music they’ve never heard before and know nothing about.
Thursday, 10 May 2018 - The Baroque period inspired many imposters, including composers with sufficient skill to fool some of the most discriminating listeners of their day.