Friday, July 30, 2010

Tanglewood Music Festival Late Season Events

Crosby Stills and Nash (photo, courtesy of BSO)

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In this post, you'll find listings for the final events at Tanglewood this season. Situated beautifully amidst rolling hills in Lenox, Mass.  -- one of New England's prettiest small towns -- Tanglewood has been the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937.  Attracting more than 300,000 music lovers for 10 weeks of concerts and recitals, Tanglewood is a harmonious, world-renowned sight to behold in the heart of the scenic Berkshire Mountains.

The 2010 season concludes with some of the most recognizable tunes in classical music.  The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform "The Planets" by Gustav Holst on Friday, August 27, and bring the summer to a dramatic close on Sunday, August 29 with Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  On Wednesday, September 1 Crosby, Stills, and Nash will play the Koussavitsky Music Shed, and the annual Jazz Festival will run on Saturday and Sunday September 4 and 5, featuring Kurt Elling and the nationally broadcast Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molasky.

Tuesday, August 24, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp, Op. 36
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat, Op. 47
Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
Two Nocturnes, Op. 27
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 28
Tickets $18 - $60 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Thursday, August 26, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Three Nocturnes, Op. 9
Scherzo No. 4 in E, Op. 54
Barcarolle in F-sharp, Op. 60
Mazurka No. 5 in B-flat, Op. 7, No. 1
Mazurka No. 6 in A minor, Op. 7, No. 2
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Variations brillantes in B-flat, Op. 12, on a rondo from Halévy's Ludovic
Mazurka No. 32 in C-sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Tickets $18 - $60 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Friday, August 27, 6 p.m. Ozawa Hall

Prelude Concert

Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Free to evening ticket holders

Friday, August 27, 7:15 p.m. Shed
This Week at Tanglewood
Panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists

Free to evening ticket holders

Friday, August 27, 8:30 p.m. Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra

David Zinman, conductor˚
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
Tanglewood Festival ChorusJohn Oliver, conductor
HOLST The Planets
Tickets $18-$89 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Saturday, August 28, 9:30 a.m. Shed
Pre-Rehearsal Talk
Free to open rehearsal ticket holders

Saturday, August 28, 10:30 a.m. Shed
Open Rehearsal, Sunday program
Tickets $17 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Saturday, August 28, 8:30 p.m. Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra

David Zinman, conductor˚
Emanuel Ax, piano
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World
Tickets $18-$89 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Sunday, August 29, 2:30 p.m. Shed

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Kurt Masur, conductor
John Oliver, conductor (Bach)
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Marcus Haddock, tenor˚
John Relyea, bass-baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor
J.S. BACH Jesu meine Freude, for chorus
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Tickets $19-$99 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Wednesday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. Shed
Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Tickets $24-$96 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Saturday, September 4, 2 p.m., Ozawa Hall
Radio Deluxe
with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey
and special guests to be announced
Tickets $19-$56 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Saturday, September 4, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall
Laurence Hobgood Trio
Kurt Elling
Tickets $19-$77 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Sunday, September 5, 2 p.m. Ozawa Hall
The Eddie Daniels-Bob James Quartet: “Broadway Boogie”
The Legendary 
Count Basie Orchestra

Tickets $19-$56 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

Sunday, September 5, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall
The Julian Lage Group
The Donal Fox Quartet: “Piazzolla to Bach Project”
    with special guest Maya Beiser, cello          
 Tickets $18-$62 (box office,, or 888-266-1200)

For more information on Tanglewood, log onto 

Article and photo source (Crosby Stills and Nash), courtesy of Sam Brewer, public relations at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Free Fun Fridays" Massachusetts Travel Attractions This Summer Offered by Highland House Foundation

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The Boston-based Highland Street Foundation invites you to visit a designated museum or attraction until Labor Day Weekend as part of its Free Fun Fridays for Massachusetts resident and tourists.

This amazing program is a true budget-saver and features such noteworthy Massachusetts travel destinations like the Museum of Fine Arts, Old Sturbridge Village, Boston Museum of Science, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, the Ecotarium and Sports Museum. For more a complete list of attractions -- and dates and times -- visit the Highland Street Foundation Web Site. You can also call contact the Highland Street Foundation at 
508.820.1151 or e-mail 

The Highland Street Foundation contributes to a great number of varied charitable causes in Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The New England Town With Four Public Ocean Beaches!

Article and photo (Salty Brine State Beach) by Eric H.

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When it comes to New England summer ocean beach destinations, Narragansett, R.I., rides the waves as well as any in the northeast region.

This popular "South County" Rhode Island travel destination features 23.63 square miles of water area with a generous amount of space dedicated to public access. Roger Wheeler, Salty Brine and Scarborough State Beaches along with the Narragansett Town Beach all offer great stretches of sand -- especially Scarborough and Wheeler situated on 26 and 27 acres, respectively. Despite its smaller size, I like Salty Brine State Beach the best. Located in the live fishing village neighborhood of Galilee, Salty Brine may be only have one acre but you still have ample ocean swimming space, a nice stretch of sand and a location within walking distance of some classic, amazing New England seafood restaurants like George's and Champlin's as well as shops and a ferry to the amazing Block Island. Plus, the beach was dedicated to one of my favorite New England radio personalities, the legendary Salty Brine who spent many years gracing the airwaves of WPRO-AM, Providence!

While Cape Cod deservedly has a great reputation for the best ocean beaches in New England, we wholeheartedly recommend also checking out Narragansett for its amazing beach presence. What a great places to visit during the summer!

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrations Around New England

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If you are looking for 4th of July fireworks celebrations around New England, we have found some valuable resource lists featuring such information -- thanks to all local businesses for providing such relevant, informative pages:




New Hampshire

Rhode Island


Thanks to these great New England Web Sites for presenting the information! For the record, we have no affiliation with any of these businesses and, therefore, are not responsible for the content. We are just presenting them as resources. Also, double-check the dates listed as not all fireworks celebrations listed are on July 4th! If you should have any questions, we recommend calling the destination directly before embarking on any travel. Have a great 4th of July holiday!

Congratulations to Four New England OpenTable "Best American Cuisine" Restaurants

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We just read that OpenTable, a leading provider of free online reservations for diners and guest management systems for restaurants, selected four New England restaurants in its top 50 2010 Annual Winners Best American Cuisine as voted by Open Table diners.

The four New England restaurants receiving honors amongst the top 50 American restaurants are:

White Barn Inn, Kennebunk, Maine
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Capital Grill, Boston, Mass.
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton, Conn.

Congratulations! By the way, OpenTable also features a monthly "Diner's Choice" list state-by-state, based on diner feedback. We recommend checking that section out, also, for constant updates.



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