Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars Music Festival / iBerkshires.com
As Tanglewood enters its third week, massive stellar performances will take center stage at Ozawa Hall and the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To discover world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony performs chamber and orchestral masterpieces by iconic Czech masters Janacek, Dvorak, and to discover two landmark works: the great operatic masterpiece Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Brahms’ resplendent choral opus, “A German Requiem.”
If Tanglewood’s offerings aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding chamber music performances to enjoy at the intimate and warm Sevenars Music Festival in South Worthington, Mass.
Read on for musical details on both sites. Each features great music performed by wonderful performers and in an idyllic setting.
• Thursday, 8:00 p.m. July 14 at Ozawa Hall: Pianist/conductor Emanuel Ax presents the second program “Pathways from Prague”, joined by pianist Mackenzie Melemed and the Cantus Ensemble in interpretations of Czech-inspired choral and two-piano music by Janá?ek, Dvoak and Harry Burleigh
• Friday, 8:00 p.m. July 15 in the Hangar: Boston Pops Music Director Keith Lockhart leads the orchestra in a live/big screen performance with John Williams’; classic film music for “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes
• Saturday July 16 at 8 p.m. in the Hangar: Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO, The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a stellar cast of vocal soloists in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” along with singers Janai Brugger, Michelle Bradley, Nicole Cabell, Will Liverman, Ryan McKinny, and Amitai Pati.
• Sunday July 17, 2:30 p.m. in the Hangar: A program conducted by Andris Nelsons of the American premiere of “Phoenix” (“Anka Ku?u”) by Fazil Say, for piano four hands, with soloists Lucas and Arthur Jussen and “A German Requiem” by Brahms, with the soprano Ying Fang and bass-baritone Shenyang and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, James Burton, conductor.
EVENTS AT THE LINDE CENTER – Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI):
• Wednesday July 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Open piano workshop with pianist Stephen Drury.
• Thursday July 14, 1-2 pm at Studio E: In conversation with soprano (“Zerlina”) Janai Brugger.
• Thursday, July 14, 2-3 pm at Ozawa Hall: TLI presents an open vocal workshop with soprano Dawn Upshaw who coaches the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellows.
• Sunday July 17, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm: The TLI Presents, pianist Stephen Drury, performing Frederic Rzewski’s magnificent 20th century piano masterpiece, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated! For tickets to all Tanglewood/BSO concerts (lawn and hangar seating) and special events, call (617) 266-1200 or 888-266-1200. TTY/TTY: (617) 638-9289. For local information, call (413) 637-1600. Online: www.tanglewood.org.
Sevenars Music Festival
Founded in 1968, Sevenars Concerts, Inc., presents its 54th anniversary season of six summer concerts, held at The Academy in the historic village of South Worthington, MA, located at 15 Ireland Street, just off MA Route 112.
The 2022 season continues to be true to Sevenars’ roots as a family festival, featuring members of the Schrade and James family, while featuring distinguished guest singer-songwriters and touring artists.
• Sunday July 17, 4:00 p.m. will present works by Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Franck and Villa-Lobos for cello/piano duo. Cellist Christopher James and pianist Luis F. Ortiz will once again join forces in a program featuring Schubert (the “Arpeggione” Sonata – in honor of Schubert’s 225th birthday), Schumann, Dvorak, Franck and Villa-Lobos.
The concerts are presented six consecutive Sundays at 4 p.m., from July 10 to August 14. Phone: (413) 238-5854 (please leave a message for a call back). Online: www.sevenars.org. Email: Sevenars@aol.com. Admission is
by donation at the door (suggested $20). Refreshments will be available. For any questions or information, you can contact us by email: Sevenars@aol.com
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