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LENOX — A big ovation greeted pianist Emanuel Ax when he walked onto the Tanglewood stage Saturday night to play Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His gentlemanly ascent of Mount Olympus provoked an even bigger … more
CRANFORD, N.J. — Five years ago, some musicians who had played with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons during his comeback in the 1970s rounded up some of their friends, slicked back what hair they had left and set out on a tour to capitalize … more
PITTSFIELD — About six years ago, Appalachian music from the mid-19th century brought two women in their early-20s together in southwest Virginia. One had been raised there, only leaving to pursue her undergraduate degree at the College of … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Ronnie Spector admits she doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing. "When I was five years old," she recalled in a recent interview, "I used to stand on the coffee table in our living room and entertain my family. A … more
LENOX — The second program in the "Schubert's Summer Journey" series at Tanglewood took a detour into the 21st century. In a couple of ways, the Thursday night chamber concert seemed to have lost its bearings.Consider the program first: a … more
LENOX — Stepping up its game to make Tanglewood a center for family-friendly activities, the Boston Symphony is rolling out a glistening red carpet welcome this weekend.In its the third straight year, the free Tanglewood Family Fun Fest (or … more
LENOX - How do you devote an entire concert to an opera that was never written?That, in essence, was the challenge the Emerson String Quartet took on with "Shostakovich and the Black Monk" at Tanglewood on Wednesday night. The solution, in essence: … more
LENOX — Call it pomp and circumstance, and lots of it.Perhaps because the piece is a rarity in the United States, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Monday night resuscitated Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1. It received a bold, committed … more
LENOX — The arguments for and against opera in concert are simple, even if the choices aren't: The music in full, without the distraction of scenery and stage action? Or the drama in full, with the story and characters playing out their fates … more
LENOX — Depend on The Knights to scrape the varnish off the concert format. The music may be the same old but the context is twisted. Or the other way around.Returning to Tanglewood for its fourth visit Thursday night, the Brooklyn-based … more
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