Alan Chartock

President and CEO

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, higlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and directors...authors...you name it! 

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglwood - Executive Chef Joshua Ingraham

    The Shed and Ozawa Hall aren’t the only buildings Tanglewood has to offer.

The Tanglewood Grille is located just inside the Main Gate next to the Gift Shop. The Tanglewood Cafe is located between the Shed and the Lion's Gate. Both emphasize a farm-to-table, local menu dining right here at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood Executive Chef Joshua Ingraham joins us to tell us about the exciting food this amazing venue has to offer.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglewood - “New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists”

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a new, summer-long reality web series, “New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists,” spotlighting the professional and personal lives of six Fellows from the 2014 class of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy that takes place here at Tanglewood.

“New Tanglewood Tales” is an eight-week web series, available weekly this July and August. One of the TCM students featured is bariton, Conor McDonald. He joins us along with Ellen Highstein, Director of Tanglewood Music Center.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglewood - The Mount

    The Mount is a National Historic Landmark located in Lenox, MA. It is a cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton - author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth - among many other works.

The Mount recently sustained incredible damage during heavy rains - but their Summer plans forge on and we are joined now by Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company

  Shakspeare and Company is a cultural - and physical - neighbor to Tanglewood. Located in Lenox, MA, Shakespeare and Company was founded in 1978.

  This summer they present the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Parts I & II, The Servant of Two Masters, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar along with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Shakespeare’s Will; and Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Tony Simotes, Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company and director of this season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream joins us, as does Tina Packer, Jason Asprey, and Nigel Gore. Tina has directed Jason and Nigel in a pared down ‘bare Bard’ production of Julius Ceasar - in which 7 actors play all the roles.

The Roundtable
9:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglewood - Renée Fleming

    One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is loved for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony last July, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.

Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.

She will be performing at the Tanglewood opener on Saturday night and later this month, she will stay in the Berkshires to perform her first role in a play. She will make her debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Living on Love, playing an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies. It runs July 16 through 26th.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglewood - Asher Fish

    In March 2014, Israeli conductor Asher Fisch becomes Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth.

A seasoned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, and a frequent guest to the great orchestras and the most renowned opera houses, his appointment to WASO is Fisch's first chief artistic position with a symphony orchestra.

He is known best for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era, in particular Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, and Verdi. He will be conducting Brahms, Liszt and Wagner featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Sunday afternoon here at Tanglewood.

The Roundtable
9:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tanglewood - 7/3/14 Panel

    We start of our live remote broadcast from Tanglewood with an abbreviated Roundtable Panel and welcome our man from the Berkshire Eagle, Kevin Moran and Managing Director of The Boston Symphony, Mark Volpe.

WAMC News
7:37 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Roundtable live at Tanglewood today at 9 a.m. and outside legal work for New York legislators.

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Natalie Merchant's Self-Titled Solo Album And Shows In Our Region

Credit Dan Winters

  Singer, songwriter, activist, and author Natalie Merchant, is back on tour with a new album. Nonesuch Records has released her sixth solo album - a self-titled, self-produced collection of 10 new and original songs.

She'll be performing tomorrow night (July 3rd) at 8pm at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY, on Saturday, July 5th at 8pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA, and on Sunday, July 6th at 8pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT.

The Roundtable
11:13 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Seeger Fest July 17-21

    Seeger Fest is a one-time festival created by Pete and Toshi Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, as a way for those who knew and admired Pete and Toshi to remember them, and for those who hadn't heard of them, to get inspired by their compassion for the human race.

The fest will take place July 17th through July 21st and will include performances from includes performances by Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Amanda Palmer, Tom Chapin, The Chapin Sisters, Steve Earle, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Kim and Reggie Harris, and many others.

Kitama Cahill-Jackson joins us now to tell us more.

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