The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s web series, New Tanglewood Tales, returns this spring for a second season, New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off, this time following five musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur through their 2015 season at Tanglewood—the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the country’s preeminent summer music festival, located in the Berkshire Hills between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA.
The six-episode series follows violist Cathy Basrak, timpanist Timothy Genis, trumpeter Michael Martin, bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen, cellist Owen Young, and BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur as they relocate from Boston to Tanglewood, prepare for such concerts as the beloved Tanglewood on Parade and the first-ever Tanglewood Brass Spectacular, and teach at the Tanglewood Music Center—the BSO’s renowned summer music academy. The second season will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at BSO rehearsals; Tanglewood Music Center coaching, rehearsals, and classes; family life at Tanglewood; and other activities the BSO members are involved in each summer. Viewers will get to know each of the featured musicians through one-on-one interviews, as well as group and social interactions.
The first two episodes of Nem>New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off are available now at www.tanglewood.org/mediacenter. A new episode will be posted to these sites at 10 a.m. every other Tuesday until early Summer. New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off will also be aired as a five-episode television series on select PBS stations across the country. (No details yet.) Susan Dangel served as producer and director, Dick Bartlett as editor, and Russ Fisher as videographer and sound engineer.
This is the second season in the New Tanglewood Tales web series. The first season, New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists, placed a spotlight on the professional and personal lives of six Fellows from the 2014 class of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s prestigious summer music academy that takes place at Tanglewood. The series, which launched in July 2014, received approximately 500,000 views online and has also aired as a five-episode television series on PBS stations across the country during the spring and summer of 2015.
Featured Artists for 2016
Assistant Principal Viola, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Principal Viola, Boston Pops Orchestra
Anne Stoneman chair, endowed in perpetuity
A native of the Chicago area, Cathy Basrak earned her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in spring 2000. Ms. Basrak’s teachers include Joseph de Pasquale, principal viola of the BSO from 1947 to 1964, and Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet. She has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In addition, she has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble and Boston’s Metamorphosen Ensemble and appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago, Detroit, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras, and the Boston Pops with John Williams. Ms. Basrak has won several awards, including grand prize in the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition, first prize in the William E. Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition, first prize in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and second prize in the 46th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. Ms Basrak teaches at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University and also coaches chamber ensembles at New England Conservatory.
Sylvia Shippen Wells chair, endowed in perpetuity
Timothy Genis joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in May 1993 as assistant timpanist of the BSO and timpanist of the Boston Pops Orchestra; he was named timpanist of the BSO in 2004. Mr. Genis attended the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music. From July 1991 until his BSO appointment, he was associate timpanist and assistant principal percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony.
Previously he was principal timpanist with the Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra in New York, and assistant principal percussionist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic for two years. A Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1990, Mr. Genis also attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Currently head of the percussion department at Boston University, he also runs the BUTI percussion program at Tanglewood and is an active clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Remo Drum Company, Yamaha Drums, and Vic Firth, Inc. In fall 2003 Mr. Genis developed a line of timpani sticks currently being marketed by Vic Firth, Inc.
Ford H. Cooper chair, endowed in perpetuity
A native of Marietta, Georgia, Michael Martin joined the trumpet section of the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops as Fourth/Utility trumpet in October 2010. Mr. Martin earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in trumpet performance at Northwestern University, studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. A Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2006 and 2008, he received the Roger Voisin Trumpet Award both summers. He has performed with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Honolulu, and Chicago symphonies, the Seoul Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic of Kuala Lumpur, and with the Pacific Music Festival of Sapporo, Japan, and the Grand Teton Music Festival of Jackson, Wyoming.
From 2006 to 2009, Michael was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. He has performed with acclaimed contemporary music groups eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet and with members of the Chicago Symphony as part of their “MusicNow” series. An award-winning composer, Mr. Martin has also studied composition at Northwestern University and orchestration at the University of Chicago with Cliff Colnot, and has been commissioned by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. In addition to being the first brass player in 25 years to win the Northwestern University Concerto Competition, in 2006 Mr. Martin was also the winner of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., and was subsequently invited to perform at the Kennedy Center. Co-Artistic Director of the National Brass Symposium and a devoted teacher, Mr. Martin has taught students in middle and high school concert and marching band programs around the country. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony, Mr. Martin enjoyed a dynamic freelance career with such diverse performing artists as Sufjan Stevens, the Burning River Brass, and the Still Swingin’ Big Band of Atlanta, Georgia.
John D. and Vera M. MacDonald chair
Suzanne Nelsen began her studies in Edmonton and instantly fell in love with the bassoon. She earned a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and pursued further study at the Hague Conservatory in Holland, earning a UM degree. Early training included summers at the Banff Festival, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Boris Brott Festival.
In 1995, during post-graduate study at McGill, she won a position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. During that same year she joined the faculty of McGill University, both as chamber music coach and bassoon professor. She has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician and has recorded numerous CDs with the Montreal Symphony.
Ms. Nelsen joined the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras in fall 2000.
John R. Cogan, Jr., and Mary L. Cornille chair, endowed in perpetuity
Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. A frequent collaborator in chamber music concerts and festivals, he has also appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras. He has appeared in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth’s music festivals and is a founding member of the innovative chamber ensemble Innuendo. Mr. Young’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WQED in Pittsburgh, WITF in Harrisburg, and WGBH in Boston. He has performed frequently with singer/songwriter James Taylor, including the nationally televised concert “James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre” in New York City.
Mr. Young was previously on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, and the Longy School of Music; he is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music and is active in Project STEP (String Training and Education Program for students of color). From 1991 to 1996 he was a Harvard-appointed resident tutor and director of concerts in Dunster House at Harvard University. His teachers included Elinor Osborn, Michael Grebanier, Anne Martindale Williams, and Aldo Parisot. Mr. Young holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1986 and 1987. After winning an Orchestra Fellowship in 1987, he played with the Atlanta Symphony in 1988 and with the Boston Symphony in 1988-89. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony in 1986-87 and of the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1989 until he joined the BSO in 1991. Owen Young occupies the John F. Cogan, Jr., and Mary L. Cornille Chair in the orchestra’s cello section.
Assistant Conductor, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Anna E. Finnerty chair, endowed in perpetuity
Ken-David Masur, who began his appointment as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in September 2014, led the BSO in subscription concerts at Symphony Hall in November 2015, including the American premiere performances of Unsuk Chin’s Mannequin, a BSO co-commission. In summer 2015 at Tanglewood, he conducted the orchestra in a program of Weber, Schubert, and Beethoven, followed by concerts in Tokyo with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony. In the 2015-16 season, in addition to leading BSO subscription concerts, Mr. Masur continues in his post as principal guest conductor of the Munich Symphony, returns to lead two concert weeks with the National Philharmonic of Russia, and leads the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid. In 2014-15 he concluded his associate conductor post with the San Diego Symphony, and also led performances with orchestras in Omaha, Nuremburg, Moscow, and Munich.
At Symphony Hall he twice conducted the Boston Symphony at short notice, substituting for Tugan Sokhiev in January (making his BSO subscription series debut on that occasion) and for Vladimir Jurowski in February. Mr. Masur has previously held appointments as assistant conductor of the Orchestre National de France in Paris from 2004 to 2006, and as resident conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in 2007. Recent engagements also include the Dresden, Israel, and Japan philharmonics, Orchestre National de Toulouse, and the Hiroshima and Memphis symphonies. In 2010 he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra as one of three finalists in the prestigious Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, where he returned by invitation as a Conducting Fellow in 2012. Ken-David Masur received his B.A. from Columbia University in New York City.
From 1999 to 2002 he served as the first music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus there, also touring Germany and releasing a critically acclaimed album of symphonies and cantatas by W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and J.S. Bach. He received further training in music at the Leipzig Conservatory, the Detmold Academy, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin, where he was a five-year master student of bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Mr. Masur studied conducting primarily with his father Kurt Masur. Together with his wife, pianist Melinda Lee Masur, Ken-David Masur serves as artistic director of the Chelsea Music Festival (chelseamusicfestival.org), an annual multi-media/multi-sensorial summer music festival in New York City. Mr. Masur received a Grammy nomination from the Latin Recording Academy in the category Best Classical Album of the Year for his work as a producer of the album “Salon Buenos Aires.”