The Tanglewood Music Festival is a music festival held every summer on the Tanglewood estate in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts.
The festival consists of a series of concerts, including symphonic music, chamber music, choral music, musical theater, contemporary music, jazz, and pop music. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is in residence at the festival, but many of the concerts are put on by other groups. It is one of the premier music festivals in the United States and one of the top in the world.
タングルウッド音楽祭英:Tanglewood Music Festival）は、アメリカ合衆国マサチューセッツ州西部バークシャー郡レノックスにあるタングルウッドで、毎年夏に開催される世界的に有名な音楽祭である。
White Oak Tree Fell Due to Strong WindsPosted on 3/11/2013 by Jazmine Kilpatrick
On the afternoon of the 6th of March, 2013, Tanglewood Park lost one of its great features. The large majestic White Oak Tree, affectionately known as the “Wedding Tree”, located near the Tanglewood Manor House, fell over in strong winds. While her exact age is not certain, we estimate the tree could be as much as 400 years old. In all of her beauty and grandeur, she stood 118’ tall, had a crown/limb spread of 130’ feet and, a trunk circumference of 19 feet which equates to a diameter of just over 6’ feet. We marvel to think of all of the generations and historical events that the “Wedding Tree” saw come and go.
The bad times of many wars, famine, and depression, and the good times of many celebrations, births, and yes weddings were seen over the course of her life. We are also in awe of the resilience that she had. Through hard winters, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, drought, and everything Mother Nature had to throw at her, she stood strong throughout the test of time. As we walked or drove past her daily we came to take for granted the awesome, picturesque beauty, and overall massive size that the Oak possessed.
Many portraits, picnics, and other ceremonies took place beneath her outstretched limbs. The Tanglewood family mourns the loss of our friend. We do however celebrate the life of this grand tree and the joy and tranquility that it brought to so many people. As we look to start the cycle of life over by planting another white oak in her place, we will miss the “Wedding Tree”. The memories that it brought will be cherished. We would like to say thank you to our friend for being there over the years as a wonderful symbol of the park.
Serge Koussevitzky, the TMC’s founding music director, embraced Copland’s pioneering works, performed many with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and ultimately invited him to head the composition faculty at the summer music academy. Copland held that position for 25 years. After he died in 1990 Copland’s ashes were scattered behind the Tappan House on the concert mecca’s lawn.
Twenty years later, a likeness memorializing Copland’s legacy has been unveiled on Tanglewood’s grounds. Thursday afternoon a sculpture of him became the first permanent statue ever to be installed at the BSO’s summer home.
New England artist Penelope Jencks created the piece. Reached by phone in Lenox, she recalled taking her first sturdy look at a photo of Copland as she began contemplating the sculpture’s form. Immediately she thought to herself, “Oh, he has a fabulous head! Who wouldn’t want to make a sculpture of his head?”
The commission came to Jencks through Boston Pops Laureate Conductor and Tanglewood Artist in Residence John Williams. Known most widely for his blockbuster film scores — “Star Wars,” the “Indiana Jones” films, “Jaws” — the composer contacted the sculptor after seeing her rendition of Eleanor Roosevelt at Riverside Park in New York City.
“That inspired me to invite her to help us with this project,” Williams reflected in a press release.
You can see other works by Jencks here in Massachusetts, including her Samuel Eliot Morison ”Sailor, Historian” sculpture at Commonwealth Avenue and Exeter Street in Boston, and a statue of Robert Frost at Amherst College in Amherst.
The Copland piece is the first in a series of three sculptures planned to honor iconic music figures from Tanglewood’s past. Jencks will also create statues of Leonard Bernstein and Koussevitsky. Williams is funding the multi-year plan to make and install the new works in celebration of Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary in 2012.
Jencks will be at Thursday’s unveiling, but she also said she’ll stick around Tanglewood to scope out and hopefully identify sites for the next two sculptures. The Copland commission touches her personally, she admitted, “because my father was also a composer.” His name was Gardner Jencks.
When asked to talk further about her statue of Copland, Jencks told me she always hesitates to interpret her own work too much.
“If you say it all in words you wouldn’t need a sculpture,” she said.