1. Tanglewood’s $30 Million Expansion Is an Initiative of Note

    Tanglewood’s $30 Million Expansion Is an Initiative of Note

    Audiences have flocked to the Berkshires for Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summertime concerts since 1936, when the musicians offered a three-concert series, under the baton of then-music director Serge Koussevitzky, in a large tent at Holmwood, a storied estate in Lenox. That first series, which would ultimately morph into the world-renowned Tanglewood Music Festival, was attended by nearly 15,000 people. Then, in 1937, when the festival presented its first concert at Tanglewood, a gift to the BSO from the Tappan family estate, it drew the largest crowd to ever assemble under a tent, for an all-Beethoven program. And the ...

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    1. It is a reflection of increasing, renewed interest in the great music that we're offering.
    2. We're very much viewing this as a long-term investment in classical music as an art form, which is essential to our lives.
    3. We wanted to keep a sense of an easy relationship between the buildings and the landscape.
    4. An artist can come here and not only have the opportunity to give a great performance, but also spend a couple of days talking about how they got to that point — about the work they are doing … the process of creation.
    5. This will be an opportunity for those who are already aficionados of classical music, who already have some knowledge, to deepen their knowledge.
    6. We're looking for LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] status.
    7. We have been extremely mindful of all of these things.
    8. Tanglewood's expansive setting is both a blessing and a curse.
    9. Their schedules are incredibly complicated.
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