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It may be the middle of winter, but Tanglewood’s box office is hoping the cold temperatures make people think of warm summer days.

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Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute is exploring ways to expand the use of its campus in Lenox and create partnerships in the region.

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A singer and actress whose voice has become very recognizable among young children and their parents will visit Tanglewood Music Center this summer.

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Temperatures are starting to drop in the Northeast. That means it’s time to start thinking about warm summer days and green grass, right? Well, at least the Boston Symphony Orchestra is. The company released its 2015 Tanglewood season lineup Thursday.

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    Train first has success in 1998 with their hit song “Meet Virginia.” Their other hits include “Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels.” They have a new album coming out in September and are performing at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA tonight.

Lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford joins us.

    With his unique, pitch-perfect voice still going strong after more than seven decades in the business, Tony Bennett is in a class by himself. He's the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Award and 7 Emmy Awards for his 2007 prime-time special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic.

Bennett delights his fans, both young and old, around the globe with timeless classics such as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and his signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

He'll be performing at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Sunday, August 31st at 2:30pm.

    Author and Berkshire resident, Gina Hyams is creating a gift book titled The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires. She envisions the project as a collective love letter to the quintessential Berkshire summer experience of picnicking on the Lawn and she is asking the public to submit their personal snapshots of Tanglewood picnics, along with favorite Tanglewood picnic recipes and tips from all eras of the festival’s eight-decade history.

  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.

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Jason Isbell was a key member of Southern-rock group Drive-By Truckers. He then struck out on his own as a solo performer, and he’s been riding high on critical acclaim for last year’s solo album, “Southeastern,” which has been described as his “Blood on the Tracks” or “Tunnel of Love” in its searing intimacy and stripped-down intensity. The album garnered Isbell nominations for Best Song, Best Album, and Artist of the Year from the Americana Music. NPR rock critic Ken Tucker and American Songwriter magazine called it the best album of 2013.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be showcasing his speaking talents at Tanglewood Music Center tonight in Lenox.

    Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D at the heart of a concert devoted to the Classical period and the Austro-German tradition.

We speak with him and with the Artistic Director of the BSO, Tony Fogg.

  One of today's most sought-after piano soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet will join The Boston Symphony Orchestra tonight playing Shostakovich's scintillating Piano Concerto No. 1. Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra for the program which also includes Tchaikovsky’s Serande for strings and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

  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.

    Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA is celebrating its 82nd Festival this Summer. It is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest running international dance festival.

We are joined this morning by the Pillow’s Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff and by choreographer John Heginbotham. His evening-length world premiere Chalk and Soot will be presented in the Doris Duke Theatre through August 3. John is also the recipient of the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.

  Recently, on a quiet day at the Lenox Library – just down the road from Tanglewood – a big time star walked in and offered to do a fund-raiser. Surprised, but delighted, the Library signed him up and the event takes place next Friday night.

    John Williams' Film Night has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season. Here we speak with Mr. Williams about this year's Film Night, taking place Saturday, August 2nd, and about the new bust of Leonard Bernstein by Penelope Jencks which was commissioned for Tanglewood by Mr. Williams.

  We start off this live broadcast from Tanglewood in Lenox, MA with an abbreviated Roundtable Panel and welcome The Columbia Paper's Editor and Publisher Parry Teasdale and Mark Volpe the Managing Director of the BSO.

WAMC is proud to present a special edition of The Roundtable with a live broadcast from Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on Friday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon.

  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.

    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.

    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.

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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