We start off our Yidstock 2014 broadcast from The Yiddish Book Center with an abbreviated Roundtable panel and welcome our host for the morning - The Yiddish Book Center's Founder and President, Aaron Lansky, and our regular panelist, political consultant and panel roadie – Libby Post.
WAMC is proud to present a special edition of The Roundtable with a live broadcast from The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on Friday, July 18th from 9 a.m. to noon. The Yiddish Book Center is hosting “Yidstock 2014: the Festival of New Yiddish Music” and The Roundtable Panel will discuss the festival along with other attractions in the Amherst area.
As we talked about earlier, celebrated soprano Renée Fleming opens the 2014 BSO season at Tanglewood in an all-American program. With the Boston Symphony, she will present great works of the American concert hall and opera stage, plus favorites from musical theatre and popular genres.
William Eddins is conducting the program along with Rob Fisher. Eddins is the Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world.
Bill has been playing piano since he was five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale. He started conducting during his sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music, and most of the '80s were spent trying to decide whether to pursue a career in conducting or piano.
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.
Singer, dancer, and master of comedic timing, Jason Alexander is best known for his appearances on television and in film. Seinfeld’s George Costanza is also a Broadway veteran who won the Tony-Award for Best Actor in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway.
He will join The Boston Pops on Sunday, July 13th at 2:30pm at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. With the pops he will perform selections from The Music Man, Pippin, and Merrily We Roll Along, plus a few surprises.
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 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 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.
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.
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.