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Peggy Daniel

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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.

Articles by Peggy Daniel

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

Monday, 10 Aug 2015 - 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

Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 - “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

Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 - “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

Tanglewood grass

Friday, 25 Jul 2014 - 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

Friday, 4 Jul 2014 - 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.