Tanglewood & The Berkshires: August 1 - 4, 2019
For our summer visit to Tanglewood and the Berkshires, we have chosen the first few days of August to include a trio of Boston Symphony Orchestra (BS0) concerts encompassing a wide variety of repertoire. The revered BSO has always been Tanglewood’s resident ensemble, under such acclaimed conductors as Serge Koussevitzky, Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, and now the BSO’s Latvian. A highlight will be the annual Koussevitsky Memorial Concert, featuring Joshua Bell as the soloist for Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Second will be the talented young members of the National Youth Orchestra offering works by Berlioz and Richard Strauss, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the soloist and Covent Garden’s Sir Antonio Pappano on the podium. Third will be the Sunday afternoon program combining Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, showcasing pianist Yefim Bronfman. Our fourth performance will be a play or musical to be chosen from the several leading theatre companies which grace the Berkshires’ summer schedule – Williamstown Theatre Festival Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company.
Tanglewood and the rolling hills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts offer a plethora of superlative performing arts during the compact summer season. During the busy weekends of July and August, cultural aficionados are hard-pressed to choose between the glorious concerts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in Tanglewood’s open-air Shed and more intimate Seiji Ozawa Hall and several fine theatre festivals. The choice of a strategically located hotel puts all of these events within convenient striking-distance, but reservations for tickets and rooms must be made very early for the popular sold-out summer weekends. Our reservations for the traditional Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge have already been confirmed. Two of our concerts will be in Tanglewood’s covered Shed, which has attracted music-lovers from all over the world for many years and was the original model which has spawned similar outdoor summer festivals throughout the country. For our first evening, we will be in Seiji Ozawa Hall.
A daytime excursion will take us to the picturesque college town of Williamstown to visit the recently renovated and expanded Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, where we will view the priceless permanent collection as well as the summer exhibition of Renoir, The Body, The Senses. The Clark received unanimous accolades when it was re-opened in 2014.
Finally, literary and architecture aficionados will be grateful for our annual visit to ‘The Mount’, Edith Wharton’s gracious 1902 mansion outside Lenox. The Italianate gardens are in full bloom in July and August.
For the eleventh consecutive year, we are grateful to return for four nights at the renowned Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, which has long been considered the Berkshires’ most popular hotel. The Red Lion has maintained its unique New England charm but has also been periodically renovated to keep pace with the requirements of the modern traveler, now including an outdoor swimming pool. The Main Dining Room serves regional cuisine, and a variety of other less formal dining facilities includes Widow Bingham’s Tavern, the Al Fresco Courtyard (under outdoor umbrellas), and the Lion’s Den Pub (in the basement, with live evening entertainment). The quiet ambience of the Main Street location continues to attract visitors from throughout the world. For guests arriving by private car, the Red Lion has a free overnight parking lot. (Many members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra reside at the Red Lion during the Tanglewood season. By the end of our visit, you will easily recognize a number of the musicians whom you will see on the premises and in the dining room.)
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,985
Single Occupancy: $3,735