Tanglewood & The Berkshires: August 23 - 26, 2018
Instead of our usual early July weekend, we have chosen Tanglewood’s closing weekend in late August for our 2018 visit. We do not want to miss the all-star Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration and the other three highlights of the season: Mahler’s towering Symphony No. 3, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (‘Choral’), and Bernstein’s landmark American musical, Candide. Our reservations for the traditional Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge have been confirmed.
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. This year our principal focus will be a quartet of four Tanglewood concerts, because we do not want to miss any of them. Three of them 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.
The revered Boston Symphony Orchestra has always been the resident ensemble, under such acclaimed conductors as Serge Koussevitzky, Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, and now the BSO’s Latvian Music Director Andris Nelsons. Mr. Nelsons has been widely acclaimed by longtime BSO advocates, who find his fluid conducting style and his scholarly leadership to be inspiring. After one of his Carnegie Hall concerts, the NY Times’ Anthony Tommasini wrote: “Mr. Nelsons has brought a jolt of youthful energy, along with charisma and accomplishment, to the BSO. The audience gave Mr. Nelsons and the players an enormous ovation. . . The BSO has placed its trust in a young dynamo.” We have chosen our dates carefully when Mr. Nelsons will be on the podium for two of the BSO programs.
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. 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.
For the tenth consecutive year, we are grateful to return for four nights at the renowned Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, which has long been considered the leading hotel in the Berkshires. 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’s high standards have been consistently praised for its 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. We are confident that the Red Lion’s celebrated standards will justify the hotel’s premium price. 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: $2,970
Single Occupancy: $3,720