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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Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019 - It should be unnecessary to tell you that Thompson started out in a band called Fairport Convention. That's kind of like saying Paul McCartney started out in a band called the Beatles.
Sunday, 26 May 2019 - "I think a lot of orchestras are understanding that our future—not only our survival, but our future vitality—is going to come from the way we embrace our community and engage with our community." --David Alan Miller, music director of the Albany Symphony
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 - The Trustees of Reservations have counted the spring bulbs at Naumkeag, and here is the number they report: "60,000."
Monday, 6 May 2019 - This morning the noisy birds were right on time and there was no mistaking their presence.
Monday, 29 Apr 2019 - If you haven't already deployed your hummingbird feeders, it's time to hustle!
Friday, 26 Apr 2019 - Chair of the music department at Williams College, Gollin is currently working on a book that analyzes Bartók's music in unprecedented depth.
Monday, 25 Mar 2019 - Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual exhibition of New England springtime flowering bulbs heralds spring's long-awaited, if belated, arrival in the Berkshires.
Friday, 22 Mar 2019 - Earth, Wind & Fire has been staging high-energy musical extravaganzas ("pageants," as some have called them) since the group broke nationally in 1975 with their first hit single "Shining Star."
Friday, 15 Mar 2019 - A queen, an empress, and a nerdy guy who sells 4 million records per release (except for when he sells 6 million) are among the popular music artists who have recently shown up on Tanglewood's 2019 summer concert schedule.
Tuesday, 5 Mar 2019 - The main reason they're giving a concert Sunday, March 10, at Darrow School is because they enjoy performing music we usually don't associate with the BSO: folk, especially in the traditional Celtic style.
Friday, 1 Mar 2019 - Mr. Previn's oeuvre is so extensive in both the classical and jazz realms that a separate Wikipedia article is dedicated to it, and even that list is incomplete.
Monday, 18 Feb 2019 - Brian Wilson's vocal arrangements have never been easy to perform, even for the Beach Boys in their prime. Still, this band does it every night. They produce an impossibly lush vocal texture by executing all their parts with mind-blowing precision.
Wednesday, 6 Feb 2019 - The Linde Center's long-term importance to Tanglewood could eventually rival or even exceed that of Ozawa Hall. Why? Because of the wide range of programming that the Linde Center can support.
Monday, 28 Jan 2019 - But how many denim-clad inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have become full-fledged Tanglewood icons? We can count him on one finger.
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.