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  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.

  Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was founded in 1995. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people.

On their two stages they present new plays and musicals created by the best theatrical minds working today as well as classics.

Julianne Boyd is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage and she joins us now with an overview of the season.

  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.

  The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – here in Lenox, MA.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through September 2nd.

We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

  Seth MacFarlane is the creative force behind TV's Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show. He was also the writer-director of the films Ted, its sequel Ted2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

He has also released three successful albums of standards including Music is Better than Words and No One Ever Tells You. MacFarlane's voice has been celebrated for its perfect phrasing, richness, and consistency. He has been nominated for 4 Grammys. 

He has played to sold out audiences as London's Royal Albert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Hall in Boston. He will be back with The Boston Pops this Sunday at 2:30pm in The Shed at Tanglewood

  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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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is kicking off the Tanglewood season with a concert Friday.

  Earth Wind & Fire, America's seventh top-selling musical group of all-time, was born in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that crosses years and decades and now connects the 20th and 21st centuries.

Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards alongside numerous other accolades including the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award.

Verdine White of Earth Wind and Fire joins us now prior to their upcoming concert at Tanglewood.

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is launching her first major tour in more than 25 years. The first leg includes stops in the region.

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  This coming fall, Chicago, Kander and Ebb’s merry-murderess musical, will have been running on Broadway for 20 years.

To celebrate, six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long will be revising some of his Tony-nominated designs for the show, there will be a special SummerStage concert in Central Park in August, and Takarazuka, the all-female Japanese musical revue troupe, will celebrate the centennial of their founding with its first appearance in New York in over 25 years with "Takarazuka Chicago," marking the first time ever that two identical productions in two different languages will be running at the same time in NYC. That’s happening in July.

Right now, the role of Billy Flynn, the silver-tongued solicitor and suave defender of Roxy Hart, is being played by Jason Danieley. On Broadway, Jason played Candide in the 1997 revival of Candide, Malcolm MacGregor in The Full Monty, Aaron Fox in Curtains, and Frederich Kuhn in The Visit.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced two acts that will open and close the 2016 Tanglewood season.

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Bob Dylan is returning to Tanglewood for the first time in nearly two decades.

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Four popular musical acts, some of whom have been performing for decades, are coming to Tanglewood this summer.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s longest-tenured music director is returning to the group’s summer home in Lenox this year.

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The star-studded gala that is the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony airs Tuesday night and one of the recipients is deeply connected to the Berkshires.

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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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  Tony and Emmy Award winning star Kristin Chenoweth will perform with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in The Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood.

Chenoweth most recently wowed audiences in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of On the Twentieth Century. During that run she co-hosted the Tony Awards. Other Broadway credits include You're A Good Man Charlie Brown and Wicked. On television she's popped up often, notably on Glee, The Good Wife, and Pushing Daisies.

  Eddie Izzard is a man of many talents. He has won two Emmy Awards for his stand-up specials, has been a movie actor in Valkyrie, Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, and is also a keen learner of languages, having performed his entire set in Paris in French, and in Berlin in German. He will speaking English on Thursday at Tanglewood.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

    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.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis
Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Ian Bostridge
Dylan Goes Electric: Newport, Seeger, Dylan and the Night that Split the Sixties by Elijah Wald
Moment of War by Laurie Lee
A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century by Ken Cuthbertson
Sage of Waterloo: A Tale by Leona Francombe

  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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