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Tanglewood 2012: Boston Symphony Orchestra with Emanuel Ax

Charles Dutoit and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood on 7.29.12 (Hilary Scott) (Photo: Hilary Scott/BSO)

My weekend at Tanglewood wrapped up Sunday afternoon with yet another performance by the BSO, their third different program in three days (which may be unusual elsewhere, but is the standard here.) As on Saturday night, Charles Dutoit was on the podium, kicking things off with Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto, played with finesse and emotion by Tanglewood regular (and part-time Berkshires resident) Emanuel Ax. After intermission, the BSO ripped through a performance of Tchiakovsky's 5th symphony: a bombastic work full of orchestral fireworks that literally lit up the previously-grey skies outside the Shed. 

There's lots more coming up at Tanglewood this season, including the annual Tanglewood on Parade concert (Aug. 7), the Festival of Contemporary Music (Aug. 9-13),and a gala concert celebrating John Williams' 80th birthday (Aug. 18.) I might make it back myself before the summer's out, but regardless, it's good to see the old girl still keeping up her appearance 75 years on. See you again soon.

Charles Dutoit leads the BSO on 7.29.12 at Tanglewood (Hilary Scott) (Photo: Hilary Scott)