Joshua Bell and Tchaikovsky make Tanglewood Opening Night 2013 a sparkling affair

With high temperatures and humidity in the summer air in Lenox, the string section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra had to make lots of minor adjustments to their instruments to counter the summer airs that wafted over Tanglewood for the beginning of its 76th Season in Lenox, MA. The program was all Tchaikovsky, and it was the celebrated soloist Joshua Bell who held the capacity audience spellbound for the duration of the showy and difficult Violin Concerto. For Joshua Bell, it was his 25th consecutive summer in the Berkshires. You can hear and feel the spectacular finale in the video clip embedded above, courtesy of the BSO. The opening night concert was led by the distinguished conductor, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Despite the high temperatures, Joshua Bell attacks Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto  with gusto. (Hilary Scott Photo)

Despite the high temperatures, Joshua Bell attacks Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with gusto. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by Francois Tourte. (Hilary Scott Photo)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrated the start of the 2013 season at Tanglewood with an All-Tchaikovsky Opening Night concert at Tanglewood this evening, Friday, July 5, at 8:30 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The gala summer event featured renowned violinist Joshua Bell in the composer’s beloved Violin Concerto. One of the orchestra’s most popular guest conductors, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos led the BSO’s opening night program which closed with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary Symphony No. 5.

The thrill of the finale in Tchaikovksy’s violin concerto is that there are so many frantic ascending runs with potential explosions that end up “tumbling down so that the whole thing can be repeated” (Felsenfeld 49)

The 2013 Tanglewood season offers music lovers a spectacular variety of musical guests and programs that spotlight Tanglewood’s rich tradition of presenting summertime concerts at their best since 1937. The 2013 Tanglewood season honors the festival’s tradition of presenting the BSO and many of the top artists of the classical music world in weekend concerts throughout July and August; a series of Boston Pops concerts presenting star entertainers and performers in a variety of genres; a recital and chamber music series in the beautiful setting of Ozawa Hall; programs by the talented young Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy; and special programs designed for families and young people of all ages. Widely known as one of the world’s most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Tickets for the 2013 Tanglewood season, priced $9-$117, for regular season concerts, are on sale at 888-266-1200 and

More on Tanglewood

Berkshire on Stage has extensive coverage of the Tanglewood 2013 season beginning with the original announcement (link) and a breakdown of the week to week highlights (link), and day by day details (link).

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