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10/05/15 06:52 PM #2690    


Carolyn Moore (Newberger)

Tanglewood Fellows’ resplendent 75th anniversary festival

By  Saturday, Oct 3 Arts & Entertainment  3 Comments
Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (“of a Thousand”) was, for this listener, a magnificent valedictory effort by the TMC Orchestra. Under the baton of Andris Nelsons, interweaving perfectly voiced solos and massed sections with splendid soloists, the TMC Festival Chorus, and “a choir of blessed children.” Everyone, not least the Fellows themselves, seemed deeply moved by the experience.

Sufficiently to summarize the glorious music performed in this celebratory summer by the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center would be an impossible task. Arguably, for the Fellows themselves, with multiple assignments including chamber and orchestral performances, challenging solo platforms, a bracing dose of new music, it is a summer of contemplating sublime accomplishment, the joy of performing with world-class contemporaries, Tanglewood faculty and visiting artists, and the challenge of meeting near-impossible expectations.

In her essay, “75 Years of a Community of Music,” published in the “Tanglewood Music Center 75,” Ellen Highstein, its director since 1998, addressed its values:

“While adapting various artistic and logistical aspects of the TMC for the requirements and possibilities of the present, we continue to adhere to the principles that formed its foundation, and that have been so very successful. The interactions between the TMC and the BSO have never been sstronger, or healthier. All TMC Fellows have the opportunity, in various ways, to be onstage with the Boston Symphony: perhaps playing in the orchestra, or observing rehearsals from within the section. BSO’ players serve as liaisons to their instrumental counterparts in the TMC, forming strong mentorship relationships through the summer. World-renowned BSO guest artists join in working with the Fellows as well, in both formal and informal settings, and a distinguished faculty serves the non-orchestral discliplines, including the vocal and composition programs.

“And the primacy of composers and new music continues to inform TMC activity. Celebrating this, for the summer of 2015 some thirty-four works have been commissioned from a wide range of composers (and one choreographer) whose relationships to Tanglewood, as students, faculty, or sometimes both, extends from 1945 to 2014. And our highlighting of contemporary works is by no means limited to these. Every TMC program will feature new music, including the works of the 2015 Composition Fellows alongside their senior colleagues.

“Koussevitzky’s vision of the TMC sprang from a deeply held conviction — that music is important, truly important, and that recognizing its profound power to both elevate the soul and deepen understanding requires a place where this can be explored fully, as free of limitations as possible. In his own words, from 1947: ‘Have we the courage to break away from the banality of mere ‘enjoyment’ to the realm of pure joy to which music belongs?’ ”

In this spirit, we acknowledge with gratitude the elevation, understanding, and joy that the following, selected young artists have brought to us this summer, illustrated during their performances by co-reviewer/artist, Carolyn Newberger.

Illustration 1

Tuba Colby Parker, half-hidden behind his instrument here, gave his all in the brass and percussion recital on June 26, with a succession of gorgeous phrases and heavy accents in the lowest depths of the instrument. (Prior to listening to Colby’s performance on the modern works, your tuba-playing reviewer didn’t think that what he accomplished was physically possible. Huge diaphragmatic force and relaxed embouchure typically lead to blubbering.) Colby’s unerring musicality was exposed in the second movement of the Mahler 8th Symphony, under Andris Nelson’s baton, when he responded to one of the conductor’s three-dimensional cues for a solo crescendo and diminuendo exposed high note— as if he were pulling a rabbit from a hat, lifting it high and lowering it down — with sweet, strong, sound and perfect balance with the orchestra. After the splendid entry of the boy choir later in the movement, another, now velvety solo, adorned a long, arching phrase with surpassing delicacy and tenderness, perfectly apposite to the reverential mood.

Illustration 2

Two fine percussionists doubled on xylophone and marimba in the same concert.

Illustration 3

Steven Chang’s emotional depth and supple dynamics graced Ozawa Hall’s String Quartet Marathon on June 29.

Illustration 4

Heather Thomas brought intense focus and gorgeous, soaring intensity to a morning chamber music concert in Ozawa Hall on July 5.

Illustration 5

Jacob Shack brought a warmth and depth reminiscent of Isaac Stern to Ozawa Hall on July 5.

Illustration 6

Bassert Radzium and Carolyn Bembia summoned movingly the heights, hopes, and depths of songs of war in Ozawa Hall on July 7. Radzium was elegant and profound, with poise and maturity that betrayed his youth, while Bembia’s harp was distinguished by fluid phrasing, marvelous dynamics, and richly textured voicings.

Illustration 7

Passion, grace, and impeccably articulated phrasing distinguished Suzanne Rigden’s performance during an evening of songs from the World War I era. Her becoming style was matched perfectly to the subtle and nuanced playing of her fellow Canadian, pianist, Rich Coburn.

Illustration 8

Baritone Simon Barad’s heartfelt , affecting presentations of songs of wartime were emotional high points of the WWI song recital. A gorgeous voice was matched with a profound depth of feeling in every syllable and phrase.

Illustration 9

By the end of their July 13, 2015, concert, the TMC Orchestra was coming together as a glorious ensemble, with impressively mature conducting by fellow Ruth Reinhardt, for whom the Orchestra played their hearts out, and whose secure stickwork seemed a match to faculty members Stefan Asbury’s and Ludovic Morlot’s. Women conductors are few and far between on the podiums of major orchestra, and Reinhardt’s is a career to watch.

The strings, woodwinds, and brass were especially impressive.

Illustration 10

The young virtuoso concertmaster, Amos Fayette, soared gloriously and sang touchingly in the TMC Orchestra’s July 13 concert, with ease, dynamic nuances, and subtleties of phrasing that seemed remarkably similar to those of his teacher, former BSO concertmaster, Joseph Silverstein.

Illustration 12

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (“of a Thousand”) was, for this listener, a magnificent valedictory effort by the TMC Orchestra. Under the baton of Andris Nelsons, interweaving perfectly voiced solos and massed sections with splendid soloists, the TMC Festival Chorus, and “a choir of blessed children.” Everyone, not least the Fellows themselves, seemed deeply moved by the experience.

Illustration 13

The final TMC vocal concert, on August 11, included lieder by Ibert, Messiaen, and contemporary works by William Bolcom, Lucas Foss, Peter Lieberson, and world premieres in honor of the TMC’s 75th Anniversary by Fred Lerdahl and Einojuhani Rautavaara. The vocal cast included the elegant, masculine bass-baritone, Davon Tines; the exquisite, wide-ranging soprano of Sarah Tuttle, with a remarkably sensitive collaborator, Andre Doucet, calibrating every dynamic nuance; and the romantic duo of Barrett Radziun, a brilliant comic actor as well as gifted, silvery tenor, who, with Kristin Gornstein, a delightful, soap-opera tragedienne and marvelously flexible mezzo-soprano, tested the limits of a fraught love affair.

Illustration 14

In the arc of the short TMC season, that each Fellow described as going by in a flash, there was palpable evidence of both mutual support and artistic growth. Their professionalism and dedication to the highest values of musical expression was deeply satisfying to share from a seat in the audience. The ample crowds responded in kind to this quite sublime gift.



10/05/15 07:23 PM #2691    

Peter Mills


Thank you for the classic coverage and great action sketches.


10/05/15 08:02 PM #2692    


Carolyn Moore (Newberger)

Thank you, Peter.  It's nice to show what I'm up to!.

10/05/15 08:55 PM #2693    


Phillip Mathewson

I'm  73  
Except for one 
semester in college when jobs were scarce  and a
six-month period when I was between  jobs, but
job-hunting every day, I've  worked,
hard, since I was 18.
Despite  some health challenges, I still put in 
50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in 
seven or eight years. I make a good salary,  but
I didn't inherit my job or my income,  and I
worked to get where I am. Given the  economy,
there's no retirement in sight, and  I'm tired.
Very tired. 

I'm  tired of being told
that I have to "spread the  wealth" to people who
don't have my work ethic.  I'm tired of being
told the government w ill  take the money I
earned, by force if  necessary, and give it to
people too lazy to earn  it. 

I'm  tired of being told
that Islam is a "Religion  of Peace," when every
day I can read dozens of  stories of Muslim men
killing their sisters,  wives and daughters for
their family "honor"; of  Muslims rioting over
some slight offense; of  Muslims murdering
Christian and Jews because  they aren't
"believers;" of Muslims  burning schools for
girls; of Muslims stoning  teenage rape victims
to death for "adultery;" of  Muslims mutilating
the genitals of little  girls; all in the name of
Allah, because the Qur'an  and Shari???a law tells them to. 

I'm  tired of being told
that, out of "tolerance for  other cultures," we
must let Saudi Arabia use  our oil money to fund
mosques and mandrassa  Islamic schools to preach
hate in America and Canada  , while no American
nor Canadian group is  allowed to fund a church,
synagogue or religious  school in Saudi Arabia to
teach love and  tolerance.. 

I'm  tired of being told I 
must lower my living  standard to fight global
warming, which no one is  allowed to debate. 

I'm  tired of being told
that drug addicts have a  disease, and I must
help support and treat  them, and pay for the
damage they do. Did a giant  germ rush out of a
dark alley, grab them, and  stuff white powder up
their noses while they  tried to fight it off? 

I'm  tired of hearing
wealthy athletes,  entertainers and politicians
of both parties talking  about innocent mistakes,
stupid mistakes or youthful  mistakes, when we
all know they think their  only mistake was
getting caught. I'm tired  of people with a sense
of entitlement, rich or  poor. 

I'm real  tired of people who
don't take responsibility  for their lives and
actions. I'm tired of  hearing them blame the
government, or  discrimination or big-whatever
for their problems. 

Yes,  I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to 
be 73.. Because, mostly,  I'm not going to have
to see the world these  people are making. I'm
just sorry for my  granddaughters and grandson.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine  Vietnam veteran who served
five terms in the  Massachusetts State Senate.
P.S.  I'm 74 and I'm damn tired of it too!
Phil M

10/05/15 09:17 PM #2694    

Sydney Galloway (Woomer)


Within days of this country's most recent murder of more of our students and teachers, you post a picture of yourself holding a military type weapon with a smile of delight on your face.  How incredibly disrespectful to those victims, their families and friends. The victims were probably not even buried yet. Instead of concern  for them or sympathy or even outrage, we get from you an onslaught of mostly internet generated  information on the folly of anything less than total gun rights. 

Recently many of your contributions to this site go on and on about killing babies by abortion. You give us details of how their bodies react and look. Not a pretty picture. What do you think the bodies of our murdered students from elementary on up look like after they have been met with a hail of bullets from guns like you are holding or even one smaller gun? Out of human decency pictures of these bodies are usually not posted on the Internet or other forms of our media. I am no fan of either abortion or across the board gun rights, but I certainly see the need for them in some circumstances. I in no way see the need for civilians to have assault weapons.

I so appreciate that others on this site have presented reasonable ideas about what to do to curb the problem of gun violence. As a retired mental health provider I do not agree that unaddressed mental issues are the only cause. There are also very many very angry people out there who in a temporary rage caused by a spouse leaving, being fired, being bullied etc. may , if available, pick up their gun and start shooting. Easy gun access is a societal problem.






10/05/15 09:43 PM #2695    


Phillip Mathewson


Guns do not kill people.  People kill people.  It's as simple as that.  Taking guns away from citizens will NOT stop the school shootings.  As I said before, I welcome ANY proposal from ANY person that would stop school shootings.  Bu none have come from anyone Only whining and stupid statements like "we need more gun controls".  That kind of statement is meaningless.  I want to hear an idea that would actually work!  And I think most Americans do also.  I DO have a solution that would work.  Liberals won't agree and they won't like it but it WILL work.   Want to her it?  OK I'll assume you do.  Next time a mass shooting occurs do not report it in the press.  Do not give the killer the fame and glory he desires.  It won't take long for mass shootings to come to a screeching halt because these mental retards will not get the publicity they desire.

As far as me smiling and holding an AR-15...  That picture was taken 3 years ago and has nothing to do with recent school shootings.  I'm smiling because I enjoy feeling safe.

10/05/15 10:14 PM #2696    


Phillip Mathewson

10/05/15 11:06 PM #2697    


Phillip Mathewson

It's hard to beat George Jones.  Please enjoy....



10/05/15 11:08 PM #2698    

Dennis Sander



Thanks so much for uplifting this Forum once again with the dignity and shared knowledge it was designed to have woven into its permanent fabric! Articles such as your most recent one elevate the arts to their proper place in society, and in this place. I'll not even mention the other side of what goes on in this site on a daily basis, as there is simply no point! Those who can not see the pathos,...the low level of discourse that has overtaken this supposedly open site for our sharing and our mutual benefit wouldn't understand, no matter how often they might be reminded of that fact! You are indeed a welcomed antidote to the overwhelming. unwaranted negativity that has taken hold in this place..

Again, thanks for all your positive efforts! 

10/05/15 11:19 PM #2699    

Dennis Sander

Bill,.... re your 2679

Obviously you miss the point of my 2678.

I'm glad at least someone does not feel bombarded by such obvious bombast!


10/05/15 11:28 PM #2700    


Carolyn Moore (Newberger)

I'm so glad someone mentioned that smiling photo with the gun.  It was hideous.   What in the world was he trying to say the day after 9 people were shot dead with guns like that.  Legal guns.  We in the U.S. are outliers in terms of gun violence among developed countries.  In my posts I offered some approaches that have been shown through responsible and scientifically based analysis to work to control or reduce gun violence, both in other developed countries and in states with more strict gun laws.  The problem is that some people seem incapable of independent thought with no interest in serious discussion.  They swallow the conservative kool aid, spit it out with their spurious graphics, and have neither the intention (nor perhaps the intelligence) to engage in non-politicized problem-solving about a lethal problem.  

10/05/15 11:48 PM #2701    

Dennis Sander

Sydney, your 2694

Thank you for your sensitivity and insights on this pressing social problem.

It is most welcomed here. This is a multi faceted problem, with multi faceted solutions needed desperately and quickly.Defining the conjunction of all contributing factors, and then the solving of all those with great simultaneity, is the only way toward progress. This fact is so very obvious, and the problem is in need of immediate and ongoing attention at all governmental levels, It will take a host of varied participants to even put a dent in this horrific problem! One line platitudes will do nothing to solve this horrible social problem. It will not be easy, but we must do our best and try!..

10/06/15 09:31 AM #2702    


James Flanagan

Here is a change of pace for all you serious people. Enjoy a laugh.  Jim

At the Chicago Bulls Basketball team home games they have a Kiss Cam. The idea is that couples images are displayed on the big screen over the basketball court and if your image is shown you should kiss your partner. It works most of the time, with one notable exception.



10/06/15 10:19 AM #2703    

Dennis Sander

Thanks Jim,...

As you so often do for us all,... you have just totally made my day!

Now I can trek over to the salt mines for a 10, 12, 14, or possibly 16 hour day!


10/06/15 10:45 AM #2704    

Victoria Anderson (Breen)

Carolyn, you are not only a brainiac, a musician, and  a wonderful artist.  How inspiring you are!!!!!  You are a woman who has lived up to her potential......good for you!!!!!  

10/06/15 12:09 PM #2705    

Bill Benz

Controlling gun sales.


I am really tired of this debate.  It is not relevant.


the problem that needs to be solved is "How do we keep the people with bad intentions and guns away from our children in school?  Whenever a politician says "This time we really need to do something.  Let's control gun sales" it drives me nuts.  First of all, it does not work.  It can't work.  Not here in the USA, anyway.


We have kept explosives, guns, etc off of airplanes pretty successfully ever since 9/11.  If we seriously want to keep the bad guys out of our schools (throw in theaters, if you like) then we need to make sure that any school that is built has capability to limit access.  Use of armed guards needs to be studied.  Use of weapons detection systems need to be developed.  We are full of smart people who can innovate ways to achieve the proper goal.  Could we just get to that discussion and quit this nonsense of controlling gun sales?  Can't work here -- we already own some 300 million weapons, for one thing.

10/06/15 12:59 PM #2706    


Carolyn Moore (Newberger)

Victoria, you are so lovely;  thank you!  I'd love to hear about others' life paths.  I bet our class has lots of stories to tell, from life in Honduras to more quietly satisfying lives.

10/06/15 03:45 PM #2707    

Joan Stephens (Kubancek)

Carolyn, Your very interesting article was a pleasure to read.  Thanks for posting it!

Carolyn and Sydney, Your comments concerning Phil's disrespectful and insensitive photograph of himself with the assult rifle are dead on.  His response is even more revealing - "the picture was taken 3 years ago".  So what?  Does it make it any less offensive?

I cannot fathom why anyone whould need a gun like that - I understand hunting rifles and shotguns but assult rifles?  It makes Phil's argument against gun control less about control and all about ego - Macho Man with Big Ugly Weapon.  How pathetic.

10/06/15 03:54 PM #2708    


Phillip Mathewson

10/06/15 06:48 PM #2709    

Joseph Kiray


What would they know since they don't have either one in their homes..



10/06/15 07:53 PM #2710    

Peter Mills

Thanks, Jim, for the Bull Kiss video....Great.  Pete.

10/06/15 08:28 PM #2711    


Phillip Mathewson


Obama has abou 20 guns around him at all times.  I guess nobody wants to take away his guns.  As far as Obama having a Bible, I think that is very unlikely.

10/06/15 09:32 PM #2712    

Dennis Sander

Phil, re: your 2711

It disgusts me! If you don't know it,...don't say it!

Note my restraint here!

And Phil,... while you are at it, and since I don't talk to Joe,...tell him that his 2709 disgusts me also, for the very same reason!

10/06/15 09:51 PM #2713    

Dennis Sander

Hey, everybody,...

Carolyn,...I forgot in my earlier compliment to include this particular comment that I wanted to share with all the class!

Can you draw,...or what???

Illustration 3

10/06/15 09:58 PM #2714    


Phillip Mathewson


I'm sorry that there are some on our message forum who disgust you.    I have never seen anyone on this forum who disgusts me.  You seem to be standing out there all alone and afraid.  Is there anything I can do to help you?

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