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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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John Legend coming to Tanglewood Aug. 28

Thursday, 13 Feb 2020 - He's bringing a few bottles of his own wine for the pre-concert party. (No kidding. He actually has his own wine label, and the V.I.P. pre-concert party will showcase several of its offerings.)

James Taylor at Tanglewood, July 4, 2020

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020 - James Taylor's All-Star Band is so named because most of the band members are celebrated musicians with distinguished careers of their own.

Mark Volpe to retire from the BSO February 2021

Monday, 27 Jan 2020 - Mark Volpe personifies a family spirit at the BSO, and it's something you can see for yourself if you are sitting anywhere in the Koussevitzky Music Shed in July or August a few moments before a concert begins.

PREVIEW: Borromeo Quartet Dec. 14 at the Mahaiwe

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - Reading music notation from a tablet or laptop isn't terribly unusual. But doing it with handwritten scores? That is something else altogether, especially when you're trying to decipher Ludwig van Beethoven's horrific penmanship.

Tanglewood 2020 season highlights

Thursday, 21 Nov 2019 - The problem with making a list of Tanglewood summer highlights is that almost nothing on the schedule qualifies as a lowlight, not even soloists or composers we've never heard of.

PREVIEW: BSO community chamber music Nov. 24 at MCLA

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019 - Orchestra's founder Henry Lee Higginson's desire was to make great music accessible to "any one and everyone likely to care for such things," and the BSO in recent years seems to have re-doubled its efforts to make Higginson's vision a reality

Autumn at Tanglewood

Friday, 1 Nov 2019 - Just as the group launched into Mozart's "Kegelstatt Trio," the Center's famous mascot, a 100-foot-tall red oak, began to flutter in the wind, its leaves painted in shades of saffron, peach and tangerine.

PREVIEW: ‘Die Walküre’ at Tanglewood

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 - When the Boston Symphony Orchestra programs opera, it hires the best soloists in the world, the crème de la crème, including many stars of the Metropolitan Opera.