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I was at the Tanglewood Business Partners get together in Lenox recently. As always, it is fun to meet other business owners who understand the importance of providing financial support to the wonderful Boston Symphony Orchestra, whose summer season in Lenox is such an important economic driver for the entire tri-state region. Of course, the bonus is the joy of experiencing the world class music in one’s own back yard! One of the Tanglewood staff, when asked if there were some insider tips he could share with the group, responded, “Yes, be sure to get to the July concert conducted by the young Spanish conductor, Gustavo Gimeno.”

Conductor Gustavo Gimeno at Tanglewood July 2016

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

Gimeno has enjoyed a rather meteoric rise (it seems to this layperson). After being the Principal Percussionist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam from 2001-2013, he began his conducting career in 2012, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons with that same orchestra, then went on to assist the late Claudio Abbado and Bernard Haitink.

Here is a video of him discussing Beethoven’s First Symphony.

In the spring of 2014, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, starting in the 2015/16 season.

So there you have it! Book your weekend stay at the Inn now, or just come for Sunday night after the 2:30 pm concert . You don’t want to miss this Sunday, July 17, 2016 concert with Maestro Gimeno conducting music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Gershwin and Stravinsky, featuring Yuja Wang on the piano.

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