Pittsfield — At 8 p.m. on the evening of Friday, July 20, hundreds witnessed a miraculous event: The Boston Symphony Orchestra suddenly materialized at the performance pavilion on the Pittsfield Common. Or so it seemed: In truth, 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. But this was just one of many musical performances offered over the course of the evening. A couple of hours earlier, prelude performances from the Eagles Community Band Brass Ensemble and students of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute had kicked off the night’s musical activities. The occasion? “Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield,” a product of the BSO’s partnership with Mill Town Capital and the City of Pittsfield.
Before the musicians arrived via satellite, Boston Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Mark Volpe appeared in person to greet the crowd and invite them to visit Tanglewood in person. They’ll probably take him up on his offer, since he sent them home with free Tanglewood lawn tickets (and other cool stuff).