BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood
Berlioz, Beethoven and Thompson
Hosted by Jamie Bernstein
Seiji Ozawa’s brilliant 29-year tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra ended with the completion of the 2001-2002 Symphony Hall season. His history with the orchestra and with Tanglewood was marked in a weekend of “Celebrating Seiji!” events, culminating in this performance in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Maestro Ozawa leads a scintillating performance of a work strongly identified with the BSO’s legacy: Berlioz’s kaleidoscopic, virtuosic Symphonie fantastique. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus and six outstanding vocalists, along with perennial Tanglewood presence Peter Serkin as piano soloist, join Maestro Ozawa for Beethoven’s majestic and rousing Choral Fantasy in C minor. To conclude the concert, the audience was asked to participate in a performance of Randall Thompson’s a cappella Alleluia, the piece that opens the Tanglewood Music Center’s summer each summer. Also, a special note: BSO timpanist Everett Firth was acknowledged onstage at the end of this performance upon his retirement from the orchestra after his monumental 50-year career.