Boston Symphony Orchestra Unveils First Tanglewood Tales Video

The Tanglewood Shed was photographed in 2008.
The Tanglewood Shed was photographed in 2008. –Donna Parker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a young, up-and-comer in the classical music scene? The Tanglewood Music Center is shining some light on the answer with its summer video series which spotlights six fellows from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer music academy.

The first video, which runs about 22 minutes, was posted on Tuesday, including introductions to each of the fellows: Karina Canellakis (conductor); Jeffrey DeRoche (percussion); Conor McDonald (baritone); Clare Elizabeth Monfredo (cello); Masha Popova (flute); and Jacob Shack (viola).

Each of the selected profilees from The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program will have the chance to work with Tanglewood faculty, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and world-renowned visiting musicians including Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming, and their journeys will be captures on video.


The above clip is the first of eight which will be produced for the series, “New Tanglewood Tales,’’ chronicling the fellows in real time as they learn and perform throughout the summer.

If you’re planning a trip out to Lenox to visit Tanglewood this summer, you’ll also be able to take in a new sculpture of iconic composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, after it’s unveiled on July 28. The Penelope Jencks work is part of a series of sculptures planned to honor the festival’s most iconic music figures, including Aaron Copland.

“Tanglewood has always been, and will continue to be, the spiritual home of Leonard Bernstein,’’ Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams, whose gift made the sculpture series possible, said in a statement. “It therefore seems fitting, and is a particular joy to me, to welcome a brilliant bronze portrait of Mr. Bernstein by sculptress Penelope Jencks to the Tanglewood campus.

For information on the Tanglewood summer performances and the summer fellowships, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s website.

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