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    Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest caliber, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra he has performed at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and at many other celebrated venues throughout Europe.

Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists and is also a conductor of opera – having worked at the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Netherlands Opera, Cincinnati Opera and with many other phenomenal companies around the world.

He's conducting the BSO at Tanglewood tonight in a program featuring Strauss, Beethoven and Poulenc with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

    Tanglewood is a name that's recognized around the world and pretty much every time we interview a conductor or musician, they mention the venue's reputation and cache. There’s a hard-working team of professionals that keeps Tanglewood on the lips of both audience-members and performers.

And the man behind the music is the BSO’s Artistic Administrator, Tony Fogg.

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    Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 31 year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100 - Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China.

The superstar pianist Lang Lang joins the BSO and Maestro Charles Dutoit as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 tomorrow night at 8:30 in the shed at Tanglewood.

    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's multi-faceted career is testament to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

He will perform at Tanglewood twice this month, once in a program of Stravinsky and Dvořák on 8/4 and with The Goat Rodeo Sessions on 8/15.

    How are things going this year at Tanglewood? Well there have been amazing performances, some huge crowds, and pretty nice weather.

To find out more than surface details, we should ask the guy who runs the place - and that would be our good friend – Mark Volpe. Mark is the Managing Director of the BSO and it is a pleasure to welcome him back for a State of Tanglewood Report.

    An epic and humorous tale of political strategy and family dynamics, The Lion In Winter, set during Christmas 1183, tells the story of King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John as they play a deadly game of real life chess; winner takes the throne. Who will come out on top as the ruler of England and the ruler of the family? The Lion in Winter proves just how absurd and lethal family rivalries can be.

The Lion in Winter is now up and running at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick stage and plays through July 13th.

To tell us more, we welcome two stars of the production. Jayne Atkinson received Tony nominations for her roles in Enchanted April and The Rainmaker, she has also been seen on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, Our Town and Ivanov. Here television credits include Criminal Minds and 24 and she was in the Netflix series House of Cards. She plays Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Treat Williams plays Henry. Treat Williams began his career on Broadway as Danny Zuko in Grease. His first big film role was the part of Berger in the film version of Hair. For four seasons he starred as Dr. Andy Brown in the critically acclaimed series Everwood. He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, and has won two Theatre Guild Awards.

    Joshua Needleman, creator and chocolatier of Chocolate Springs Café, has been fascinated with chocolate all of his life. Joshua is a native of Lebanon Springs, New York. He first entered the culinary field at age sixteen and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1994. Joshua began to refine his skills at the Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, Massachusetts and then relocated to France to explore another culture and learn directly from the French culinary traditions.

    As the season opens 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.

A pianist by training, Fogg has been an avid collector of recordings for over 40 years. He produced the BSO's 12-CD "Symphony Hall Centennial Celebration," as well as a disc for the Ozawa Hall 10th anniversary, and the all-Mozart collection with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

Kevin Sprague

    A master class with famed opera singer Maria Callas is an intimidating affair. Just ask Sophie, her first “victim” in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Master Class – now being presented by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

McNally takes us inside Callas’ infamous sessions, which she conducted late in her career. Callas regales us with the details of her illustrious and controversial professional life, encouraging her pupils to take notes. Master Class prompts the question so often posed by artists: What is the price of fame?

Actress Annette Miller embodies Callas in a true tour de force performance. Miller was last seen at Shakespeare & Company’s 35th Season hit, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She and Elizabeth Aspenlieder join us - she is the Communications Director and an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare & Company.

  Ellen Highstein is the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center - where Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters.

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