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Tanglewood: Meet the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Its Summer Home

Discover the historic summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, reveling in world-class music, fine art, local cuisine and pristine nature in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.
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Program No. 15533RJ
Length
5 days
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1,749
Massachusetts

Tanglewood: Meet the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Its Summer Home

Discover the historic summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, reveling in world-class music, fine art, local cuisine and pristine nature in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.
Length
5 days
Starts at
1,749
Program No. 15533 RJ
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Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2021
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2021
No transfer 1,749
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,849
Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2022
No transfer 1,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,904
Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2022
No transfer 1,799
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,904

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle
Details
Accommodation Details
Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Roundtrip airport transfer
Details
Accommodation Details
Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.
Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2021
No transfer 2,099
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,199
Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2021
No transfer 2,099
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,199
Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2022
No transfer 2,149
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,254
Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2022
No transfer 2,149
Roundtrip airport transfer 2,254
5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4B 3L 4D
2
Seranak, BSO Lectures, BSO Concert
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
5
Program Concludes
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
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At a Glance

Tanglewood has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1936. Attend four concerts and discover the Tanglewood grounds on an expert-led exploration, with behind the-scenes access to performers and BSO staff. Hear instrument demonstrations with BSO musicians and attend lectures to heighten your enjoyment of the concerts.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking one hour or more, uneven terrain. Sitting during performances and lectures.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend live concerts at Tanglewood to take in the immense talent of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • Meet BSO instrumentalists to discuss what it is like to be in a world-class symphony orchestra, and learn from BSO staff about its inner workings.
  • Step inside legendary Russian maestro Serge Koussevitzky’s private summer residence at Tanglewood.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Boston transfer at added cost.
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Jeremy Yudkin
Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University, an associated faculty member of the Department of African American Studies, and visiting professor of music at Oxford University and Harvard University. Dr. Yudkin received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in classics and modern languages and his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University. He is the author of six books, and has written articles for journals including The Musical Quarterly, The Stanford Italian Review, The American Journal of Philology and others. Dr. Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University, an associated faculty member of the Department of African American Studies, and visiting professor of music at Oxford University and Harvard University. Dr. Yudkin received his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University in classics and modern languages and his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Stanford University. He is the author of six books, and has written articles for journals including The Musical Quarterly, The Stanford Italian Review, The American Journal of Philology and others. Dr. Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.
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Tanglewood: A group Memoir
by Peggy Daniel
The story of Tanglewood – the summer home of the Boston Symphony since 1935 – as told in first-person accounts by such Tanglewood luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, Erich Leinsdorf, Phyllis Curtin, Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, James Levine, and many of the leading musicians, critics, and music professionals who consider Tanglewood a second home.
Tanglewood: The Clash Between Tradition and Change
by Andrew L. Pincus
Tanglewood's tranquillity masks the many challenges facing the festival as it strives for success and survival in the coming years. This provocative work explores the dynamics affecting Tanglewood within the larger context of recent trends in American musical life, including dwindling audiences for classical music and growing commercialism in the arts.
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
by Haruki Murakami
In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music.
Explorer’s Guide Berkshires: A Great Destination (8th Edition)
by Lauren R. Stevens
A rich cultural landscape has grown from the natural splendor of the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, making it a favorite place for travelers of all types. This all-new edition of the original guide to the Berkshires includes information on history, transportation, accommodations, dining, arts, spa retreats, outdoor recreation, and shopping
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Shuttle from Boston will be leaving from the Road Scholar Headquarters in Boston (11 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111) at 1:30PM.

Afternoon: Program Registration begins at 3 PM at the hotel. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information.where the Orientation session will take place. Please remember to bring your name tag sent with this packet to the program. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Get to know your fellow participants with a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Take the rest of the evening getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Seranak, BSO Lectures, BSO Concert
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon or sausage, waffles, cereals, yogurt, pastries, fruit, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We'll take a ride by van to Seranak, the private summer residence of legendary BSO conductor Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), who served as Music Director from 1924-49. The summer concert series and educational program at Tanglewood were both developed under Koussevitzky’s leadership. At Seranak, we will have lecture with a local expert to learn more about Koussevitzky and his beautiful summer home. We then head to Tanglewood, one of the homes of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which was built in the late 1930s. It is located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and hosts an annual music series showcasing major talents. We will examine its history in a presentation by a BSO administrator.

Lunch: At the Formal Gardens tent on the Tanglewood campus, we’ll have boxed lunches with coffee, tea, water beverage options.

Afternoon: One of the highlights of this program is the opportunity to meet and hear from BSO musicians and administrators. This afternoon we will enjoy two presentations by some of the players and staff.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We will have our first BSO performance of the program in the Shed. We suggest bringing warm clothing as it can get cold at night in the Berkshires.

DAY
3
Morning lecture, Instrument Demos, BSO Concert
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by Professor Jeremy Yudkin, chairperson of Boston University’s Musicology Department, for a presentation on topics related to our program.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We will regroup in the late afternoon at the hotel and depart to Tanglewood for a session with BSO musicians who will show and demonstrate their instruments.

Dinner: At Tanglewood, private buffet meal.

Evening: Enjoy another BSO performance in the Shed. We suggest bringing warm clothing as it can get cold at night in the Berkshires.

DAY
4
Tanglewood Concert, BSO Musician, BSO Concert
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B,L,D
Holiday Inn & Suites Pittsfield-Berkshires

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will attend a Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) chamber music concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall performed by TMC Fellows. The Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study. This program offers an intensive schedule of study and performance for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers who have completed most of their formal study.

Lunch: At Tanglewood, boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll have a presentation by a BSO musician prior to attending our last concert of the program in the Shed.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner and share our favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
Central Berkshires - Pittsfield
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. If you have selected to take the Road Scholar shuttle, it will leave promptly at 9:00 a.m. The drive will be 2.5-3 hours, depending on traffic. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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