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Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration

Tanglewood is one of the world’s most beloved music festivals, and it serves as the summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). I was there many years ago, and I can tell you that this festival attracts some of the great musical talent, and some of the finest teachers and musicians on the planet.

This 75th Anniversary Celebration concert included performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, vocalist James Taylor, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with John Oliver.

The concert also features the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, under the direction of conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams and David Zinman.

This DVD allows the listener to enjoy many of the selections that were presented. Yo Yo Ma’s performance, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s performance of the Carmen Fantasy are particularly noteworthy.

A list of the individual selections follows:


  • Over the Rainbow

James Taylor (vocals)
Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams


  • Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Peter Serkin (piano)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, David Zinman


  • Dance Episodes (3) from ‘On The Town’

Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart


  • Fanfare for the Common Man

Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart


  • Piano Concerto in D, Hob. III/11: Rondo all’Ongarese

Emanuel Ax (piano)
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Stefan Astbury


  • Ol’ Man River

James Taylor (vocals & guitar)


  • La Valse

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Rodgers, R:

  • Shall we dance? (from The King and I)

James Taylor (vocals)
Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams


  • Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Andris Nelsons


  • Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

arr. Ma
Yo-Yo Ma (cello & director)
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra

Here is a short, one-minute teaser, showing Yo Yo Ma, and Ann-Sophie Mutter:



And next, here is the opening music by Aaron Copland:



Finally, here is Pianist Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary concert:



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