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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Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 - The two men make a great team, right? Yes, they do, but you haven't heard the half of it.
Saturday, 17 Aug 2019 - The story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges and his erstwhile roommate Mozart is the subject of Bill Barclay's latest musical work, 'The Black Mozart,' which the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned for the inaugural season of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.
Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 - If this were a high-wire act, no one would sell them life insurance, because they work without a safety net.
Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 - The Knights believe that having an enormous amount of fun is the best way of accomplishing serious musical work, so it's only natural that the world's happiest orchestra would team up with the world's happiest violinist.
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - There is a tradition of violinists either writing their own cadenzas for this concerto or transcribing the ones Beethoven wrote for the piano version of the piece.
Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019 - Considered as a whole, Festival of Contemporary Music works are always as fascinating as music (or sound design) gets—challenging, too.
Tuesday, 6 Aug 2019 - Innumerable singers, pianists, cellists, violinists and other musicians stood or milled about (with and without music stands), including two fellows who made their assigned sounds by riding around in a clattering wagon.
Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019 - Dorman has taken the idea of a concerto being a conversation between instruments and extended it to this particular pair of musicians, who just happen to be husband and wife.
REVIEW: ‘Die Walküre’ at Tanglewood featured brilliant performances punctuated by serendipitous weather
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - Everyone was delighted that such an improbably timed twist of meteorological fate would occur on the one day that Wotan would visit the Tanglewood grounds in person.
Monday, 29 Jul 2019 - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 2, Opus 14, "To October," is about real events and the real people who experienced them.
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.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - "Brightness of Light" combines traditional recitative with an orchestral score reminiscent at times of a blockbuster movie. One Shed patron was actually heard to whisper, "Star Wars!" when the orchestra rose to full force early in the piece.
Monday, 22 Jul 2019 - A satellite beamed the musicians down to a 15-by-27-foot, 2176-by-1152-pixel LED screen, and the orchestra played a mostly French program.
Sunday, 21 Jul 2019 - Pittsfield — There’s no shortage of mammals at Hancock Shaker Village. We see lambs, piglets, and calves every spring in the Round Stone Barn. But none of these animals can sing a note of music, never mind something healing and inspirational that could be nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music […]
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 - The evening's festivities will begin with performances by the Eagles Community Band Brass Ensemble, Barrington Stage MTC Choral Group and students from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019 - The virtuoso trumpeter nevertheless understands that performances of HK Gruber's concerto are risky undertakings for any orchestra, which is why he appreciates how easy Andris Nelsons and the BSO make it look.
Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 - Verdi's Requiem is for human voices, and it was ultimately the soloists and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus who made the BSO's 2013 Tanglewood performance of this piece successful.
Friday, 5 Jul 2019 - Sixty-two BSO appearances later, Ann-Sophie takes the stage at Tanglewood Saturday, July 6, to celebrate the life and work of her former husband and creative partner, conductor/composer André Previn.
Wednesday, 3 Jul 2019 - Don't expect the Boston Symphony Orchestra to take prisoners, because they never do.
Friday, 28 Jun 2019 - After watching these guys suck up gallons of air and force it through all those yards of brass tubing, "Ride of the Valkyries" will never be the same.
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - If Ms. Jencks' sculpture merely resembled Koussevitzky, that would be sufficient. But it wonderfully captures the man's visionary character.
Friday, 21 Jun 2019 - By summer's end, most of us will have forgotten what Tanglewood's storied Bernstein campus looked like "back in the day."
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.