Boston University professor of music Jeremy Yudkin delivers a Tanglewood pre-concert lecture at the Lenox Library in 2009. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Professor Yudkin’s pre-concert Tanglewood lectures resume Sunday, July 12

A Berkshire summer without professor Yudkin's pre-concert lectures would be like a cheeseless apple pie or a squeezeless kiss: pleasant enough, but crucially bereft of mojo.

Lenox — Just when you thought all hope was lost for experiencing even a little bit of Tanglewood joy this summer, Boston University professor Jeremy Yudkin and the Lenox Library Association have announced Jeremy’s July schedule of free, Zoom-enabled, pre-concert lectures. This means a lot to folks who have benefited from his music talks every summer for the last three decades. All will tell you that a Berkshire summer without professor Yudkin’s pre-concert lectures would be like a cheeseless apple pie or a squeezeless kiss: pleasant enough, but crucially bereft of mojo.

Through Aug. 23, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is replacing live Sunday concerts at Tanglewood with streaming encore performances from past years. Accordingly, Jeremy Yudkin will, every Sunday at 11 a.m., deliver a talk, via Zoom, introducing that day’s 2:30 p.m. streaming performance. (Click here to see the full schedule of Sunday concerts.) To participate, you’ll need to register by clicking here. There is a limit per lecture of 100 participants, all of whom are asked to register early.

Here is Jeremy’s lecture schedule for July:

Sunday, July 12
BEETHOVEN Concerto in C for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 56
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10

Sunday, July 19
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

Sunday, July 26
MOZART Symphony No. 29
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1 in C
RAVEL Shéhérazade
RAVEL Mother Goose Suite (complete)

Watch the Berkshire Edge for news about Jeremy’s August lecture schedule.