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Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Trombone Toby Oft is known around the orchestra pit for his eclectic taste in music. When The Eagle asked if there was anyone in the symphony who would be willing to contribute a playlist, Oft didn't hesitate to … more
STOCKBRIDGE — No "deep cuts" during Wednesday night's Diana Ross show at Tanglewood. No rarities. No obscure tunes from a long forgotten album. No, the audience at the show plunked down their hard-earned cash to hear the hits, and Ross, who … more
LENOX — You can make a puzzle of it: How do the non-Schubert works on the "Schubert's Summer Journey" series at Tanglewood connect to Schubert?In effect, Colin Jacobsen, the outlier composer on Thursday night's program, channeled Schubert in … more
CHATHAM, N.Y. — When Alicia Svigals first performed at PS21 five years ago, as part of a diverse program series of stringed instruments from cello to oud, she demonstrated the fiddling skills that crowned her queen of klezmer.On Saturday, she … more
NORTH ADAMS — In a career spanning more than two decades, folk artist Simon Joyner has received praise for writing poignant verse. The way he sees it, that's not meant to imply that his music isn't worthy of similar recognition."It's just that … more
LENOX — Birds don't sing for humans, Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen told the Tanglewood audience. They sing to establish territory, attract a mate or warn of danger.That hasn't prevented human fascination with birds and birdsong at … 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
LENOX — "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord," the Bible commands us. Tanglewood responded Sunday afternoon with William Walton's oratorio "Belshazzar's Feast," raising enough ruckus, both solemn and joyful, to be heard somewhere up in the … more
LENOX — On Friday night, The Avett Brothers will say "hello" to Tanglewood for the first time. But the folk rockers' tour may ultimately be remembered for a "goodbye."On Aug. 18, the band announced on their website that keyboardist Paul … more
STOCKBRIDGE — Pete Townshend has fond memories of Tanglewood in 1969, not so fond memories of Woodstock that same year. "We played Tanglewood twice, in 1969 and then in 1970," he recalled. "I have very fond memories of those shows and that … more
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