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Tanglewood Opening Night Gala
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Jacques Lacombe with star violinist Joshua Bell

Jacques Lacombe with star violinist Joshua Bell

Tanglewood Opening Night Gala Raises $475,700


Renowned violinist Joshua Bell and conductor Jacques Lacombe perform at 
Boston Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night concert



Tanglewood—the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts—held its Opening Night Gala on Friday, July 8, 2016. The gala raised a total of $475,700, surpassing its goal of $375,000. The proceeds support many of the educational and artistic missions of the orchestra.


Guests were treated to a reception and a three-course Provencal-style dinner in the elegantly decorated Hawthorne Tent, overlooking Seiji Ozawa Hall. Following the meal, guests moved to the Koussevitzky Music Shed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night concert. The orchestra was led by Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe, and the performance featured renowned violinist Joshua Bell, who has performed at Tanglewood every summer since 1989. The concert kicked off with Maurice Ravel’sAlborada del gracioso, followed by Camille Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.


A post-concert reception was held at Highwood Manor House, with Lacombe, Bell, and various BSO musicians in attendance.


The gala was co-chaired by Gregory E. Bulger and Richard J. Dix of Otis and Dover, Mass., and Lina S. Plantilla, M.D. and Eduardo R. Plantilla, M.D. of New York, N.Y. Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate Seiji Ozawa and Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams served as honorary co-chairs of the event.


Bill and Alli Achtmeyer, Liliana and Hillel Bachrach, Robert and Elana Baum, Bonnie and Terry Burman, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, Susan and Gerald Cohen, Charles Cooney and Peggy Reiser, Ranny Cooper and David Smith, Cynthia and Oliver Curme, Jerry and Joanne Dreher, Nancy Edman Feldman and Mike Chefetz, Beth and Richard Fentin, Sanford and Isanne Fisher, Cora and Ted Ginsberg, Martha and Todd Golub, Ronnie and Jonathan Halpern, Nathan and Marilyn Hayward, Susie and Stuart Hirshfield, Larry and Jackie Horn, Jill Hornor and Yo-Yo Ma, Valerie and Allen Hyman, Carol and George Jacobstein, Margery and Everett Jassy, Joyce Linde, Vicki and Arthur Loring, Jay and Shirley Marks, Jane and Robert J. Mayer, M.D., Cindy McCollum and John Spellman, Wilma and Norman Michaels, Wendy Philbrick and Ed Baptiste, Claudio and Penny Pincus, Mary Ann and Bruno A. Quinson, Dr. Robin S. Richman and Dr. Bruce S. Auerbach, Dan Schrager and Ellen Gaies, Arlene and Donald Shapiro, Hannah and Walter Shmerler, Scott and Robert Singleton, Lynn and Ken Stark, Margery and Lewis Steinberg, Jacqueline and Albert Togut, Stephen and Dorothy Weber, and June Wu were in attendance.


One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills between Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts. The 2016 Tanglewood season, June 17-September 3, offers visitors a wide-ranging schedule of performances and events with some of the biggest names in the classical music world and beyond, including BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, who will lead performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 (7/29), Acts I and II of Verdi’s Aida (8/20), Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet (8/21), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (7/30), and an all-Brahms program with pianist Paul Lewis (7/31), as well as works by John Corigliano and George Tsontakis.  Other artists to be featured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra include Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristine Opolais, Dawn Upshaw, and Yuja Wang. Additional highlights include Ozawa Hall performances by Jordi Savall (7/7), Chanticleer (7/27), and the Emerson String Quartet (7/12 & 13), and favorite radio programs A Prairie Home Companion (6/25) and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (9/1) live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The 2016 Tanglewood season also feature Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center—the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy—in orchestra, chamber music, and recital performances throughout the summer; highlights include a semi-staged performance of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins (8/8) and the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song (7/25), part of the 2016 Festival of Contemporary Music, July 21-25, dedicated to the memory of Steven Stucky.


The Boston Pops are featured in eight performances during the 2016 Tanglewood season including five concerts under the direction of Keith Lockhart: Warren Haynes for a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration (7/1); Seth MacFarlane in music from the Great American Songbook (7/10); the score to Raiders of the Lost Ark, accompanied by a live showing of the movie in celebration of its 35th anniversary (8/26); The B-52s (9/2); and a program entitled “Dancing Under the Stars” (9/3). Boston Pops Laureate ConductorJohn Williams and conductor Richard Kaufman will join the Boston Pops for John Williams’ Film Night (8/13); Mr. Williams, along with guest conductors Stéphane Denève and Giancarlo Guerrero, will also lead the Boston Pops during the annual favorite,Tanglewood on Parade (8/2). The 2016 Tanglewood season features an all-star Popular Artists lineup, with such legendary musicians as Dolly Parton (6/17), Brian Wilson (6/19), Bob Dylan (7/2), and James Taylor (7/3 & 4).  Returning to Tanglewood this season are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Earth, Wind & Fire (6/18) and Jackson Browne (6/21), as well as multi-platinum artists Train and Andy Grammer (8/23). Grammy-winning jazz artists Chris Botti (6/24) and the Chick Corea Trio (7/31) perform at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall. For additional details, please visit


Beyond its impressive lineup of near-daily performances throughout the summer, June 17 through September 3, the 2016 Tanglewood season also offers One Day University (8/28), on-site cafes and fine dining venues, free educational programs for children and adults designed to enhance the concert experience, and discounted ticket programs to encourage newcomers to experience the great breadth and scope of the many activities Tanglewood has to offer. Patrons 17 years of age and younger can attend concerts throughout the summer free of charge. Tanglewood also offers free tours of the beautiful Tanglewood grounds, surrounded by the Berkshire Hills and overlooking the Stockbridge Bowl. New this year: Friday- and Saturday-evening concerts, as well as Tanglewood on Parade, will now start at 8 p.m. (previously started at 8:30 p.m.); this change was made in response to a patron survey. Further information about these programs and the performance schedule is available at



One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood—the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA. With an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, Tanglewood has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer. Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center; and performances by some of today’s leading popular artists. Introduced in 2013—$20 tickets for attendees under 40—will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed. Tanglewood is family-friendly, with free lawn tickets available for children and young people age 17 and under, and a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place on July 9. Tanglewood is also the home of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians, and Days in the Arts, a multi-cultural arts-immersion program that gives 400 fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders from communities across Massachusetts the opportunity to explore the arts throughout each week-long session of the summer. These are just two of the BSO’s many educational and outreach activities, for which more information is available at receiving approximately 10 million visitors annually and generating over $111 million in revenue since its launch in 1996.The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at Music lovers can follow the BSO on Facebook at, on Twitter at­ and on Instagram at


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