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Leslie Kandell covers music in the Berkshires

Phyllis Curtin at Tanglewood: An Appreciation

Phyllis Curtin, the renowned soprano who died June 5 at age 94, spent more than 50 summers teaching at Tanglewood.

Stephanie Blythe's singalong

Two years later, the one and only Stephanie Blythe was back at Tanglewood on Parade, packing Ozawa Hall with people in their second half-century, who lustily belted out pop and folk songs they and their parents grew up with.

The attack in Nice, the song at Tanglewood

When the Knights, touring their Dylan-flavored program “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” performed in Seiji Ozawa Hall Thursday, some in the audience had not yet heard of a truck that had plowed down a boulevard in Nice, viciously mowing down scores of people celebrating Bastille Day.

Crowds: Bob Dylan (edgy); James Taylor (amiable)

In two successive concerts July 2 and 3, both artists drew big crowds, but James Taylor’s was notably bigger.

The circus came to town

Safe to say there has seldom if ever been such astonishing live entertainment in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Gala Weekend at Tanglewood

Highlights included Yo-Yo Ma and a gigantic work by Mahler, plus Beethoven cello and piano sonatas.

It's all about Yo-Yo

Fresh from having his contact extended into 2022, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons arrived at Tanglewood for a two-week victory lap - his first appearance here as music director.

A departure from tradition

A curious Tanglewood opening for the Boston Symphony. Instead of giving three concerts, the orchestra performed only on Friday evening, and with a guest conductor instead of its music director.

Diva does it all

The first time I ever paid attention to Stephanie Blythe (reigning mezzo-soprano diva at the Metropolitan Opera) was when she stopped the show at a Tanglewood students’ cabaret night about 20 years ago.

Good morning, geniuses!

Which of these stars doesn’t belong here: J.S. Bach, Max Bruch, Charles Ives, Robin Williams?

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