Practically a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, clarinetist Catherine Hudgins performs at the Old Town Hall in West Stockbridge, May 2017. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Open-air benefit concert: West Stockbridge Chamber Players

With the BSO's fall season canceled, this is as close as you're likely to get in 2020 to an in-person performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

West Stockbridge — When will we be able to see musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra again, in person, in a live concert performance? Maybe sometime in 2021?

Perhaps. But how about this week? In fact, how about Friday?

Just as the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival draws to a close and all its streaming videos expire, six members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing together as the West Stockbridge Chamber Players, return to the Berkshires for a live chamber music performance at a private outdoor venue Friday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m.

With the BSO’s fall season canceled, this is as close as you’re likely to get in 2020 to an in-person performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But it’s better than that. It’s an opportunity to experience BSO musicianship in person.

Here’s Friday’s lineup:

Catherine Hudgins, the group’s founder, puts the programs together, and she always gets it right. Here’s what she has planned for Friday:

  • Schubert – String Trio in B-flat major, D. 471
  • Mozart – Clarinet Quintet (fragment), K. Anh. 90/580b
  • Haydn – Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5
  • Mendelssohn – Konzertstück No. 1, Op. 113

All proceeds from this performance go to match the West Stockbridge Historical Society’s Massachusetts Cultural Council $80,000 grant for the Campaign to Restore the Old Town Hall. (In case you haven’t heard, the Society has done an excellent job over the last few years qualifying for grants and putting its plans into action.)

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  • Open-air concert at a private residence.
  • Face masks, social distancing, very limited seating, bring your own chair.
  • Tickets are $100. Click here to buy.