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Tanglewood Gala Celebrates Andris Nelsons’ Arrival
Lisa Green reports from Lenox. The silvered roses that graced the tables at the Tanglewood Gala on Saturday, July 12 represented the commitment between new BSO music director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (The rose is a token of betrothal in the opera Der Rosenkavalier, a portion of which was performed that evening.) Although he was scheduled to start his directorship last year, an injury in Europe forced Nelsons to delay his arrival until this season, which only added to the anticipation of his long-awaited presence. On a sublime summer evening, orchestra supporters gathered under tents decorated in a rose-inspired theme, and enjoyed a dinner featuring Julia Child’s “most exciting meal of her life,” Sole Meuniere, in recognition of what would have been the famous chef’s 100th birthday. After the concert (standing ovation, of course, followed by fireworks), guests returned to the dessert tent beside the newly reopened Highwood Manor House, where the conductor was formally introduced and spoke of his appreciation for Tanglewood and its supporters. Above, Gala Chairs Jane Mayer and Dr. Robert B. Mayer, in an annual tradition, gathered their family for the gala: Rachel Judlowe, Mike Judlowe, Doug Drachman and Erica Mayer.
Joe Hearne, BSO double bassist and Jane Brett, a Life Trustee Elect; Dieuwke Fiedler and Peter Fiedler, who is on BSO’s Board of Overseers, and Deborah Stiles.
Nancy Edman Feldman and Jacqueline Togut, both of whom were on the Gala Committee, with author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.
Filmmaker Mary Murphy, Ray Murphy and Pam Murphy; Diane Brown and Richard Brown.
Stephen Hayes, Rick Dildine, Shakespeare & Co.‘s incoming executive editor, and Sarah Hancock, Shakespeare & Co.‘s board chair; David McCadden and Gero Schliess.
Jill Hornor, a member of the BSO’s Board of Overseers, with Yo-Yo Ma.
Folk and blues musician John Sagner (a.k.a. Cooker John), Judy Beardsall, Bea Bloch and Alan Sagner; Donald Peck, Laurie Peck, Peter Andersen and Sue Andersen.
Gala Chair Dr. Robert J. Mayer presents Maestro Andris Nelsons with a silver rose, symbol borrowed from the evening’s selection of Der Rosenkavalier signifying the conductor’s “betrothal” to the BSO family; Board of Overseers member Alexandra Fuchs and Gideon Argov.
Maestro Andris Nelsons. Photo by Marco Borggreve.