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Jules Eskin plays the cello in 1964
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The principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has died. Jules Eskin spent more than five decades with the orchestra.

Sixteen of the 17 married couples.
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Musical and marital harmony are combining at Tanglewood this weekend.

  The man behind the music is the BSO’s Artistic Administrator, Tony Fogg. Tony was born in Australia and was trained as a pianist at the Brazilian Academy of Music in Sao Paulo and at the University of Sydney.

His career has combined performance with arts administration, and, in both aspects of his work, he has been a strong champion of contemporary composers

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    Tanglewood is a name that's recognized around the world. Just about every time we interview a conductor or musician, they mention the venue's reputation and cache.

That doesn't just happen by accident. There's a hard-working team of professionals that keeps Tanglewood on the lips of both audience-members and performers.

And, it is quite a season that gets underway tonight. To give us a State of Tanglewood report – we welcome back our friend Mark Volpe – the Managing Director of the BSO.

A picture of the students rehearsing.
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While Tanglewood is known as a unique open air venue for classical and modern music, every summer the sprawling grounds become home to one of the country’s premier music schools. The Boston University Tanglewood Institute is celebrating 50 years and WAMC went to class.

  Nadine Sierra makes her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her first appearance at Tanglewood tomorrow night as part of the festival’s opening weekend concerts. Tomorrow night’s concert will hear the American singer in her acclaimed account of the soprano soloist’s role in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Jacques Lacombe will conduct the performance.

Praised for her vocal beauty, seamless technique, and abundant musicality, Sierra is being hailed as one of the most promising emerging talents in the opera world today. She is already making a name for herself through her performances with top opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world.

  Ellen Highstein, Director of the Tanglewood Music Center joins us along with two outstanding TMC fellows.

Cellist Francesca McNeeley - a Graduate of Princeton and Rice University and Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron was the 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 Liederkranz Competition. In 2016, Fleur was a Palm Beach Opera Young Artist, singing Mercedes and covering the title role in Carmen.

  Tanglewood is a name that's recognized around the world. Just about every time we interview a conductor or musician, they mention the venue's reputation and cache.

That doesn't just happen by accident. There's a hard-working team of professionals that keeps Tanglewood on the lips of both audience-members and performers.

And, it is quite a season that gets underway tonight. To give us a State of Tanglewood report – we welcome back our friend Mark Volpe – the Managing Director of the BSO.

  The Boston Cello Quartet was founded in 2010 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra cellists Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu and Alexandre Lecarme.

Since its acclaimed debut concert, the BCQ has quickly won the hearts of music lovers through their own arrangements of staples of the classical music repertoire, as well as jazz, contemporary works, and even comic medleys, all which showcases the limitless possibilities of the instrument they love.

The Quartet will perform the Tanglewood Family Concert tomorrow afternoon at 2:30PM in Ozawa Hall. 

  The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016 Tanglewood season tonight at 8PM with an Opening Night at Tanglewood program featuring music by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Prokofiev, led by conductor Jacques Lacombe.

Jacques Lacombe is the Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera in Germany beginning with the coming 2016-2017 season. He served as Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for several years. He conducts around the world and we last spoke with him a year ago when he again opened up the Tanglewood season.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire. 

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons has decided to bow out of a prestigious German festival, leading to speculation that he could spend more time at Tanglewood than expected.

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A talented song and dance man known to television and movie viewers will be part of Tanglewood’s 2016 season.

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This past weekend John Oliver stepped off the stage for the final time as the conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Oliver was awarded the Tanglewood Medal, given to just one other person, Seiji Ozawa.

Three years after joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1967, Oliver founded the chorus with 60 singers. Nearly 50 years later the group features 340 volunteer members performing in a chorus that has logged more than a thousand performances in the United States, Europe and the Far East all while spanning five BSO music directors, but just one choral conductor.

Andris Nelsons
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  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.

  Tony Fogg is the Artistic Administrator of The Boston Symphony Orchestra. He generously joins us each time with visit to give an insider's view on the exciting offering contained in the Tanglewood season.

  Tom Rolfs is Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. He joined the BSO trumpet section in 1991, serving first as 4th trumpet and later as Associate Principal Trumpet. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1978.

James Sommerville is Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1998. He is also Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Both join us now to talk about Tanglewood on Parade and more!

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is extending the contract of its music director, who last year became the orchestra's youngest conductor in a century.

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The Kennedy Center Honors has named its 2015 class and it includes a person known from the Berkshires to Boston and beyond.

  As the season kicks off at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he is also has an eye on Boston and even working on programming for future years here at Tanglewood.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire.

  Mark Volpe, the Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joins us - as he does each summer - to set us straight on all things Tanglewood and tell us about their amazing season that gets underway on Friday night.

  The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic, and in a version, produced by John Goberman, the brilliantly restored images are accompanied by a the Boston Pops playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant lost scores.

The Boston Pops' conductor, Keith Lockhart, joins us to talk about the challenges and wonders of this special presentation which will be in The Shed at Tanglewood on 8/22.

  Tom Rolfs is principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

He joined the BSO trumpet section in 1991, serving first as fourth trumpet and later as Associate Principal Trumpet.

    As the season begins at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he is also has an eye on Boston and is even working on programming for future years here at Tanglewood.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire.

President Obama has appointed a cultural figure with deep ties to the Berkshires to his committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Albany native and Berkshires resident Kim Taylor says it’s been a whirlwind since she received the call from Pennsylvania Avenue. Taylor is a Trustee of the Boston Symphony who’s been with the organization for more than 30 years. She has worked with President Obama on both his campaigns, along with her husband, James, who you may have heard of.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released the 2014 Tanglewood performance lineup.

The season starts on June 28th and includes more than 100 performances of live radio shows, orchestras, as well as popular artists like James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma and first-timer Jason Alexander. Mark Volpe is the BSO’s managing director.

President Obama has appointed a cultural figure with deep ties to the Berkshires to his committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Albany native and Berkshires resident Kim Taylor is the newest member of the committee even though she will miss her first assignment; the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. She and her husband, singer James Taylor, will be attending an event in Boston marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death. Still, she says she is thrilled about the news.

Incoming BSO Director Sidelined By Concussion

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The incoming director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled a weekend appearance at Tanglewood after suffering a concussion following a freak accident in Germany.

The Boston Globe reported that Andris Nelsons recently collided with a door that unexpectedly swung open at his residence in Germany.

Nelsons was still hospitalized Monday and doctors have advised him against plane travel. He'd been scheduled to conduct the Verdi Requiem on Saturday at Tanglewood, the BSO's summer home in Lenox.

    Mark Volpe is the Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra. He joins us to talk about how the year has been and about this year's Tanglewood season schedule.

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At the age of 34, Andris Nelsons will lead one of the most respected orchestras in the world. Nelsons, a native of Latvia, who has earned a distinguished reputation in European classical music and opera, has been named the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, filling the vacancy left by the departure of James Levine, who stepped down for health reasons two years ago. Mark Volpe, the managing director of the BSO, spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields.

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