Arts & Culture

  Since the 1960’s, Marvin Laird has conducted and/or written dance and vocal arrangements for over two dozen Broadway and West End Shows, including the award-winning production of Annie Get Your Gun, and the 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy, both starring Ms. Bernadette Peters who he will perform with on the SPAC stage tonight. In the early Sixties, he was assistant conductor for a National tour of Gypsy, which also featured a child actress named … Bernadette Peters. The rest is history.

Footnotes to that history include Mr. Laird’s writing dance music for two Academy Award films, Hello, Dolly and New York, New York, scoring Dynasty, The Love Boat and Quincy. His musical, Ruthless! – co-written with Joel Paley is currently running off-Broadway.

Marvin Laird will be on stage with Ms. Peters tonight – as will drummer Cubby O’Brien. Cubby has been playing drums for Bernadette Peters since 1968. He’s also accompanied numerous other mega-talents including Debbie Reynolds, Connie Francis, Ben Vereen, and many others. Oh, and he was an original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club.

  Allison Vulgamore is the president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Since 2010 she has guided The Philadelphia Orchestra through a radically changing cultural environment and financial landscape.

Through that, the orchestra has maintained its artistic excellence and core principles.

Some particular feathers in her cap include the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the appointment of Charles Dutoit as conductor laureate.

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  SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White is joining us here to talk about what is happening at SPAC, and what they’ve got planned for the future.

Marcia White was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005, and has overseen a major renovation of the theater during the first years of her tenure and has ensured the continuation of SPAC staples: the Ballet, the Jazz Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra.

  Robert Cafaro played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and was a member of the Baltimore Symphony before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985.

He is an avid soloist and chamber musician and has performed recitals and appeared as a soloist in major cities of the world. An active teacher as well, Mr. Cafaro has been on the cello faculty of the University of Virginia, the Philadelphia College of Bible, the College of New Jersey, the Hartwick Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, Strings International, and the Summer Strings Seminar in Rhinebeck, NY.

He has been a member of the Rachmaninov Trio since 2003. 

He joins us to talk about music and the orchestra, as well as his overcoming multiple sclerosis.

  We kick-off this morning’s SPAC broadcast with Violinist David Kim.

David has been the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

He will be giving the pre-performance talk tonight at 7PM before the 8PM opening with Bernadette Peters.

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

  Emanuel Ax is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-Award winning classical pianist.

He is on the faculty for the Tanglewood Music Center and this year takes on the newly created title of Koussevitzky Artist, an honorary title reflecting his extraordinary 30-plus-year involvement with the BSO at Tanglewood and at Symphony Hall in Boston.

He has two Tanglewood concerts this week: on Thursday he will perform an all-Brahms program with Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Leonidas Kavakos at Ozawa Hall and on Sunday he and Yo-Yo Ma will perform Beethoven's Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

  The world Premiere of Mother of the Maid is now playing at Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre through September 6th.

Penned by the Emmy award-winning writer of HBO’s Olive Kitteridge, Jane Anderson, this powerful and wry comedy follows the tale of Joan of Arc, as seen through the eyes of her mum who is doing her very best to accept the fact that her daughter is different.

Parenthood, religion, sexuality and politics all play a role. Tina Packer stars as the Mother of the Maid. We are joined now by the writer Jane Anderson and director Matthew Penn.

  Dennis Alves has been the Director of Artistic Planning for The Boston Pops for 25 years. Prior to that he played trumpet in the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He was twice a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and before that studied in Lenox as part of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Needless to say, he knows the lay of the land and can tell us a lot about Tanglewood on Parade.

Marco Borggreve

  It has just been announced that Maestro Andris Nelsons, the fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has a contract to stay in that role through the 2021-22 season.

Nelsons made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in March 2011, leading Mahler’s Symphony no. 9 at Carnegie Hall. In summer 2012, he made his debut at Tanglewood, and in January 2013, he made his Symphony Hall debut.

Nelsons is also leading major orchestral tours worldwide and he embarks on his first European summer festival tour with the BSO at the end of this summer with performances in cities including Salzburg, London, and Paris.

Maestro Nelsons will conduct as part of Tanglewood on Parade, and at the Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary Gala concert on Saturday - as well as a few other concerts at Tanglewood before leaving for the aforementioned world tour.

    As you walk along Tanglewood’s meandering paths, it’s easy to miss a series of small wooden shacks nestled amongst the pine trees -- until you hear the sweet music emanating from within.

It’s here that the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters. For decades, talented young musicians from around the country and around the globe have been coming to the Berkshires to study with some of the best musicians in the world.

Today we’re joined by Ellen Highstein – the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center.