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  • Travel with a classic touch, and a picnic blanket, to Massachusetts' Tanglewood

     Travel with a classic touch, and a picnic blanket, to Massachusetts' Tanglewood
    Lenox, Mass. — Travelers come to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts for the mountains and the museums, the camping and the theater, the just-off-the-boil summer days that fade into cool evenings and single-blanket nights. But most of all they come for Tanglewood, the classical music festival that is one of America's most beloved excuses for a starlit picnic. This year, it's particularly important to pack the champagne glasses. The mother of all classical-paloozas is turning 75.
  • Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century

    Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century
    About an hour south of Washington, D.C., deep beneath rolling hills near the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lies a storehouse filled with bounty. At one time, during the Cold War, that treasure was cash — about $3-billion worth —...

    Critic's Notebook: 'The Smile Sessions' puts puzzle together

    Critic's Notebook: 'The Smile Sessions' puts puzzle together
    Forty-five years ago this week at United Western Recorders, near Sunset and Vine in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, along with a radio interviewer, were hanging out in a studio with a grand piano, a microphone and a work in progress called...

    In 'Maestro,' Felder matures into the role of Bernstein

    In 'Maestro,' Felder matures into the role of Bernstein
    A regular visitor to Chicago with a loyal audience he has carefully cultivated over several years, the pianist-showman Hershey Felder has performed solo shows at the Royal George Theatre about George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven. In...

    CD reviews: Melodramas that aren't melodramatic

     
    Marriage between word and music has never been simple, and is seldom stress-free. Take melodrama. I'm not sure what caused its meaning to change over the years. In the 18th century, melodrama was the genre of spoken word accompanied by...