Friday, May 24, 2024

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Peggy Daniel

Peggy Daniel, the author of Tanglewood A Group Memoir published by Amadeus Press, is an award-winning producer and director specializing in classical music programming for Public Television, Sony Classical, Columbia Artists Management and the Bravo cable network. Her credits include documentaries on Philip Glass, the opening of the Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Frederica von Stade at La Scala, the Leonard Bernstein/Michael Tilson Thomas concert celebrating the one hundredth birthday of Igor Stravinsky, and many others. She has been a Tanglewood aficionado since she was eighteen and worked at the Tanglewood Music Center on the fiftieth anniversary production of Peter Grimes. She lives in New York City and the Berkshires.

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Viva Vivaldi! Apollo’s Fire to light up Tanglewood night

Led by brilliant harpsichordist, Jeannette Sorrell, the ensemble exudes stylish energy -- a blend of scholarship and visceral intensity.

PART III: Tanglewood Music Center at 75: Koussevitzky’s students: Leonard Bernstein and Lukas Foss

I have never seen such a beautiful setup in my life. I’ve been conducting the orchestra every morning & I’m playing my first concert tomorrow night. Kousss gave me the hardest & longest number of all – the second symphony of Randall Thompson. 30 minutes long – a modern American work – as my first performance, and Kouss is so pleased with my work. -- Leonard Bernstein

PART II: Tanglewood Music Center at 75: TMC opens on July 8, 1940

“We feel it our duty to hand down the old treasures of Musical Culture to American Youth. Enriched by this culture, the Young People of America will carry it further to new achievement.” -- Serge Koussevitsky, upon the opening of Tanglewood Music Center in 1940

PART I: Tanglewood Music Center at 75: Koussevitsky’s dream

“Throughout my life I have envisioned the establishment of a great music and art center in the world. The United States of America can and are destined to have such a center. American freedom is the best soil for it.” -- Serge Koussevitzky

Apollo’s Fire to light up Tanglewood with ‘Night at Bach’s Coffee House’

Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichordist and passionate conductor of Apollo's Fire, considers "the most distinctive thing about our style is that we are really focused on the concept of Affekt, the idea that the music is there to move the emotional mood of the listeners.

Tanglewood grass

Next to the artists, nothing at Tanglewood takes more “care and feeding” than the lawn, that greensward that many consider to be the crown jewel of Tanglewood.

A Tanglewood bestiary

The campaign to rid the Shed of starlings began in the 1940s with birdshot. Chemicals were tried in the ‘50s, and screening in the ‘60s. All to no avail.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.