August 2016 Tanglewood program review by Dave Read
Tanglewood Takes Flight; Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a collaboration between two organizations that span the town of Lenox, a novel merging of their missions. The program is a most obvious idea to anyone who has attended concerts at Tanglewood, where birds are likely to sit in with the house band. We attended “Program lll” Saturday at 7 a.m. with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piano Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center performing these piecs from Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux: Le Chopard des Alpes, Le Loriot, La Buse varible, and Le Merle bleu.
Yellow warblers and red-eyed vireos
Immediately afterwards the audience was assigned to groups for hikes in the sanctuary, led by bird experts. Our guide, Walt Peterson, called out a yellow warbler, to everyone’s amazement and, among many other deeds of ornithological wizadry, he identified the song or the red-eyed vireo, to my delight because it seems to be the song I hear everytime I hike hereabouts.
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Getting around the Tanglewood campus
The Tanglewood campus, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center comprises several hundred acres in the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge. It is the location of the Koussevitsky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall, where hundreds of thousands attend concerts and a variety of events, including picnics. We always advise new visitors to arrive early and take their daily walking exercise wandering the beautiful Tanglewood grounds. This dynamic map of the Tanglewood grounds includes photos and information for such points of interest as Aaron Copland Library, Highwood Manor House, The Glass House, and The Lion’s Gate.