The Big Transition

Music in the Mountains

As classical-music-lovers, visiting our grandchildren at camp gave us an excuse to take in a concert at Tanglewood, the nearby summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. We have been attending concerts there for years, but this one was extra-special.

The program included Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Schubert’s Great Symphony.

A few things made it memorable. First, the 28-year-old guest conductor, Lahav Shani, inspired an already great orchestra. Second, 49-year old Joshua Bell’s dazzling performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto brought 5,100 people to their feet shouting for more.

And finally, Schubert’s Great Symphony, a classic that I never tire of.

One more plus. When I took my seat, my first boss ever was completely coincidentally seated next to me, still going strong at 89 years old.


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Oh how I would have loved to hear that concert!!

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