This was a special Tanglewood concert on a Sunday in early August, with drama-free weather, with traffic streaming through Lenox since noon for a 2:30 performance. An audience of almost 14,000 assembled to listen to the ebullient Yo-Yo Ma perform the Cello Concerto of the troubled composer Robert Schumann. Besides the size of the audience, half-again as large as a typical one, there was the most improbable announcement from the stage by Mr. Ma after his performance. Listen to Mr. Ma implore the audience in the Koussevitsky Music Shed to perform their own “citizen act of Tanglewood:”
Tanglewood would prosper with any composition of leading musicians, but to have such a close relationship with Yo-yo Ma, including annual performances from the classical repertoire plus regular appearances with the Silk Road Ensemble, which he founded here 17 years ago, gives it something more, so that even casual visitors can feel like welcome members of a community.
Maestro Zinman was on the podium in place of Christoph von Dohnányi, who is continuing to heal from a fall he suffered earlier this year; he an Ma performed the Schumann concerto here in August, 2011.
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- David Zinman, conductor
- Yo-Yo Ma, cello
- MOZART Symphony No. 25
- SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
- SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2
Tanglewood tickets, : box office info.
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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.