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Photo Credit: Stu Rosner

Many of our summer guests at the Inn at Green River, plan their Berkshire getaway around the concert programs at Tanglewood, in Lenox, Massachusetts, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This summer is the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood, and the all-Beethoven program that was performed at the gala opening on July 6th was a reprise of the program performed at the inaugural Tanglewood concert in 1937. That first concert was performed under a tent, but nowadays, the 5100 seat open air Shed, surrounded by acres of beautiful lawns, provides the necessary shelter, lights, cameras, sound systems, etc. for the musicians and the audience.

75 years later, the Tanglewood campus includes two main performance venues, the main Shed (which hosts concerts given by the Symphony and the Boston Pops, as well as special guests and programing that ranges from Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion to James Taylor, Diana Krall, and Chris Botti), and Ozawa Hall, which is the performance home for the Tanglewood Music Center and for various recitals and chamber music programs, and for the annual Labor Day weekend Jazz Festival.

Photo Credit: Steve Rosenthal

Below is a photo I took at the sold out July 4th James Taylor concert which was followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl, the lake below Tanglewood that you can see in the photo of the Lion’s Gate entrance above. Taylor gave three concerts on July 2-3-4, enjoyed by close to 53,000 delighted fans. You can just see a glimpse of James Taylor’s spot lighted face in the middle of the photo, to the right of the appropriately patriotic balloon!

Some of the exciting concerts coming up in early August, (and for which there is still availability at the Inn!) include a Schumann and Brahms program conducted by Christoph van Dohnanyi, and featuring Yefim Bronfman on the piano on August 4th; Lorin Maazel conducting and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on the piano on Sunday, August 5th, and Tanglewood on Parade on Tuesday, August 7th, featuring the BSO, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and five conductors including the two mentioned above, and Keith Lockhart and John Williams. The gates open at 2 pm with activities and music all afternoon, and fireworks following the concert.

And remember, Tanglewood is a mere 20 minute drive from the Inn and I will show you the back way in and out, so you can avoid all the traffic on the main Berkshire thoroughfares like Route 7. Another reason to stay on the quieter New York side of the Berkshires!