12-25 Tanglewood Music Festival
Can there be any more beautiful place than the Berkshires in the summer? 210 acres of lawns and meadows echo with the dulcet sounds of classical music every summer in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Held on the beautiful grounds of the Tanglewood estate, the Tanglewood Music Festival is one of the country’s largest, oldest and best-known festival. Each year, the festival attracts over 350,000 visitors. Each season offers not only a vast quantity of music, but also a vast range of musical forms and styles, all of it presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique.
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Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings: III, IV
Bernstein: Age of Anxiety
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
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Currently in his ninth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, Miguel Harth-Bedoya is one of this country’s most exciting and sought-after conductors. Under his leadership, both the artistic level of the Fort Worth Symphony and its contribution to the cultural life of the community have grown enormously. The orchestra, under the direction of Harth-Bedoya, made its Carnegie Hall debut in January 2008. An active guest conductor, Harth-Bedoya has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe, he has conducted the BBC Symphony, the Berlin Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Madrid National Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Orchestra/Hamburg, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Paris, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the WDR Orchestra/Cologne, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, among others.
Jaap van Zweden
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and is also Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Radio Chamber Orchestras (having been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from 2005-2011). In January 2012, he was announced as Music Director Designate of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will take up the post of Music Director in September 2012, for an initial contract of four years. Appointed at nineteen as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995 and held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005), and Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011). In November 2011 van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America’s Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras.
In demand with many of the leading orchestras worldwide encompassing the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Stefan Asbury is renowned for his innovative programming. Starting in the 2011/12 season, Mr. Asbury will be the Chief Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Since the 2007/08 season he has been Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and also enjoys ongoing relationships with the Basel Sinfonietta and the NDR Sinfonieorchester (Hamburg). Recent seasons have included guest engagements with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Perth), London Symphony Orchestra, RAI Turin, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St Luke’s. Mr. Asbury is also regular guest conductor at festivals such as Automne en Normandie, Wien Modern and Wiener Festwochen, Munich Biennale, the Salzburger Festspiele and La Biennale di Venezia. Since 1995 Stefan Asbury has served on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and currently holds the Sana H. Sabbagh master teacher chair on the Conducting Faculty which he has held since 2005. From 1999 to 2005 he was Associate Director of New Music Activities. In addition to his regular summer teaching he has given conducting master classes at institutions such as the Hochschule der Kunste (Zurich), Venice Conservatoire, Tokyo Wonder Site, and his masterclasses are featured in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Inside the TMC.