All of us at our Massachusetts Inn are anticipating opening night at Tanglewood.
The Mark Morris Dance Group are skilled dancers and fabulous performers. They will perform at Tanglewood on August 5 and 6 2009, at 8:00 PM, very near our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast. Joining them will be Emanuel Ax on the piano, Colin Jacobsen on the violin, and Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. The trio will play Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 2 as the dancers perform “A Lake.” The world premier of “Visitation” will be performed to Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 in C for cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 1., and “Candleflowerdance” will be accompanied by Stravinsky’s Serenade in A for piano. Finally, the world premier of “Empire Gardens” will be danced to Ives Trio for piano, violin and cello.
It is a great honor for Tanglewood to be the site of two world premiers by Mark Morris. This talented choreographer from Seattle has created works for ballets and operas around the world. Yet perhaps it is no surprise that he chose the Tanglewood Festival to unveil two new performances; he is known for his musicality, and according to the Tanglewood website, “has been described as undeviating in his devotion to music.”
We at our Bed and Breakfast Lenox, MA are thrilled that the Mark Morris Dance Group will be at Tanglewood this August. We look forward to the performance.
The concierge service we offer at our Berkshires lodging is something unique to Applegate Inn. We know and love many of the great restaurants in the area, and enjoy helping our guests find the perfect dining experience. If you like Mediterranean food, we might send you to the charming Cafe Lucia where you will enjoy your food in an 1840s farmhouse. If you are hankering for a croque monsieur, the penultimate French sandwich, we’ll probably send you to Chez Nous in Lee. No matter what your preferences, it is our goal to ensure that you leave our Stockbridge MA hotel well fed. And of course, we hope you like the blueberry buckle and Baked Stuffed French Toast at the Applegate bed and breakfast.
The concierge at our Berkshires bed and breakfast can also direct you to the best place to stock your picnic basket when you are heading to Tanglewood. Opening night is two months away, and it is not too early to reserve your tickets for Diana Krall on the 4th of July, or plan your visit to our Berkshire b&b.
Tanglewood takes it name from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Tanglewood Tales”, which Hawthorn wrote in 1850 while staying in a little red house by the shores of Lake Mahkeenac, on grounds owned by the Tappan family. The head of the Tappan family was so charmed by Hawthorn’s book that he re-named his property in honor of it. Music was not part of the landscape of the Berkshires until 1935, when a single concert took place; in 1937 the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first performances in the area. Descendants of the Tappan family donated their land to give a permanent summer home to the orchestra, and an open structure to protect the musicians from the elements was constructed in time for the 1938 summer season. Two years later saw the birth of the Tanglewood Music Center, a teaching facility for advanced students that was created by then Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director, Serge Koussevitsky. The center has been open ever since, except for during the second world war.
Over the years, Tanglewood has grown to include the Boston Pops, and to embrace a variety of performers and musicians. Each year brings something new, and each year brings memories of the past. For many people, summer is not summer without a trip to Tanglewood. For others, it is ripe for discovery.
There are a lot of great ways to enjoy the Tanglewood Music Festival, and if you are a die-hard fan, you might want to waste no time and head to the Koussevitzky Music Shed on July 3 for Tanglewood’s opening night. James Levine with be the featured conductor that night.
The program with be Tchaikovsky that evening, beginning with Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, followed by his Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by Yefim Bronfman. The Koussevitzky Music Shed is less than 6 miles from our Lenox Bed and breakfast .
The piano soloist, Yefim Bronfman, popularly known as Fima, is one of today’s most outstanding virtuoso pianists. He is a Grammy – Award winner and was a Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” artist for the 2007-08 season. During that time he curated seven concerts, including works by composers ranging from Mozart, Brahms, Schoenberg and Berg to Webern, Prokofiev and Ravel, with world premieres by Marc-André Dalbavie and Jörg Widmann.
Today is the first day of Spring! We are so happy that winter is finally rolling around the corner for the year, and we can start to think and plan for all the exciting activities that take place in the Spring in the Berkshires, especially Tanglewood.
The Tanglewood Festival is an annual celebration of music held at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox. It is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and setting for a variety of musical performances and events. One of the best ways to spend a summer evening in the Berkshires is to grab a blanket, some fixin’s for a picnic & head to Tanglewood for a night of music as the sun sets and the stars come out.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is currently running a Clark/Tanglewood ticket offer: Buy now and pay only $45 for two tickets to The Clark and two Tanglewood lawn tickets. I had to read that three times before I believed my eyes; four tickets to world-renowned art and mucis venues for only $45?!? It is an amazing deal and one you should take advantage of right away!
The Clark is located in Williamstown, about a 45 minute drive from both the Tanglewood Music Center and our Massachusetts Bed and Breakfast. Of course, the drive through our pastoral landscape in the summer with a warm breeze in your hair is not much of a chore. Plus, The Clark is not to be missed.
The Clark features an outstanding collection of Impressionist, American, and Old Master paintings, set among 140 scenic acres with hiking and walking trails. On view this summer, Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence and Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature.
Look for more information on Tanglewood from our Lenox Bed and Breakfast soon!
We are all eager for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival coming up on Labor Day weekend! You can already feel the excitement in the air around here. I have been getting reservations for Labor Day weekend as soon as Tanglewood announced their line up for the Jazz Festival. If you are planing to come, be sure to make reservations ASAP as rooms are filling up for this busy weekend: http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=applegateinn . The program sounds fascinating. Starting on Friday August 29, there will be a Colombian Harpist named Edmar Castaneda who is bringing a vibraphonist named Joe Locke. I don’t even know what a vibraphone looks like!
On Saturday there will be a live taping for NPR as well as a rocking show with composer Donal Fox and trumpeter Christian Scott starting around 8 p.m. It gonna be the place to be on Saturday night!
Sunday sounds amazing too. As well as music throughout the day, composer Terence Blanchard will be preforming his “Requiem for Katrina” that night to close the concert with a thirty piece orchestra!
The complete lineup for the show is below, and we hope to see you there!
August 29 Friday 8PM Ozawa Hall
Edmar Castaneda Trio with special guest Joe Locke
“Something for You”
A tribute to Bill Evans
August 30 Saturday, 2PM, Ozawa Hall
“A Celebration of Marian McPartland”s 90th Birthday with special guests. Live taping for ‘Piano Jazz” on NPR
8pm, Ozawa Hall
Donal Fox: Scarlatti Jazz Suite Ptroject
August 31, 2PM, Ozawa
Eddie Daniels Quartet
Mark O’Connor’s “Hot Swing” with special guest Jane Monheit
8PM, Ozawa Hall
Terence Blanchaard’s “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)”
See you at the Jazz Festival .
If you’ve seen the film “Cider House Rules,” this Berkshires mansion may look a little familiar to you – the exterior of Ventfort Hall was used as St. Cloud’s Orphanage in the movie. Beyond that, the iconic building has been a dormitory for Tanglewood music students, a summer hotel, the Michel Fokine Ballet Summer Camp, and community housing for a religious organization – but before that, it was just another Berkshire Cottage.
Don’t let that term “Berkshire Cottage” fool you, however.
During the Gilded Age – the era from which Ventfort Hall sprang – the rich and mighty like J.P Morgan and the Rockefellers enjoyed referring to massive homes like Ventfort Hall – palatial estates with opulent gardens, salons, libraries, servant’s quarters, and more – as “cottages” because they were “out in the country” and smaller than their other, even more massive homes.
Ventfort Hall initially served as a summer home to J.P. Morgan’s sister’s family with a total of 28,000 square feet of living space and over 50 rooms, including 9 main bedrooms, 10 servant’s bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 17 fireplaces, and a surrounding demesne of 26 landscaped acres.
After the Morgans sold the property in 1925, Ventfort Hall began its long fall from grace. By the late 1990’s, this once stately Berkshire Cottage was near ruins and set for demolition but for a group of concerned citizens who stepped in, formed the Ventfort Hall Association, and began the process of saving the iconic property for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
Today, Ventfort Hall is “Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum,” providing a unique glimpse into one of the most fascinating periods of American history thus far: the Gilded Age, when great changes – social, economic, and industrial – were occurring throughout American society at a rate yet to be paralleled.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum offers tours of the property, hosts special exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts, lectures, Victorian teas, children’s programs, and more throughout the year – plus a museum shop to browse. The restored, lavishly decorated rooms of this remarkable residence give visitors a glimpse of just what life was like during this period of American history – for both the extremely wealthy and their less fortunate house staff.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA
Memorial Day Weekend through Oct 31, Mon–Sat: 10am – 5pm
Nov 1 to Memorial Day Weekend, Mon–Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sundays 10am – 3pm, year ’round
Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
For more information on special events, current and upcoming exhibits, tour schedules and more, be sure to visit: gildedage.org
Ventfort Hall Lodging
It’s hard to beat Ventfort Hall for sheer opulence – but you can’t spend your entire Berkshires getaway there. For comfort you can retire to, a stay at Applegate Inn bed & breakfast is the next best thing. Centrally located in Lee, MA, our eleven, beautifully appointed suites, complete with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs are your ticket to real relaxation andservice in the Berkshires – see you soon!
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