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Labor Day Weekend 2010












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If you would like to RSVP for Tanglewood , Magic Mountain or Shakespeare and Co events and go as a group, please let us know on the RSVP Form , so we can be in touch with you about this.


You must have transportation to get tickets in advance at this point for

Tanglewood and Shakespeare & Co. This may change as we get closer to the event and have people with ride space available.  If we do not have 4 people for any events ( including Tanglewood), we will put people in touch with each other so they can order directly together.


See below for all the details of

Tanglewood, Magic Mountain & Shakespeare & Co.




1. Tanglewood -  this is located 35 miles away, about a 50 minute drive.

Tanglewood Music Center 297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240-2410






Tangleoood Jazz Festival













The Sunday afternoon concert on September 5 will open at 2 p.m.with a rare and exclusive performance by clarinetest/saxophonist, Eddie Daniels, and pianist, Bob James, in a new program called "Broadway Boogie."  Musical collaborators for forty years, Daniels and James refer to this swinging, integrated quartet as "chamber jazz."  "Chamber jazz," says Daniels, "denotes music in a close setting that is finely tuned and woven together, even in its improvisation and composition, that pulls the listener in due to the utter intimacy of the situation.  I believe this approach can transform the performer as well as the listener."  Repertoire ranges from jazz standards to Bach.

Bob James, best known for his smooth and fusion-flavored music and collaborations with guitarist Earl Klugh, David Sanborn and Fourplay, has a wide range of musical talent from classical music to straight-ahead jazz.  Pianist for Sarah Vaughn in the 1960's, James' discography includes work with guitarist Lee Ritenour, bassist Dave Holland and pianist Joe Sample as well as an eastern-influenced CD entitled "Angels of Shanghai" that features students from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.  

Bob JamesNot to be pigeon-holed into one style, James says of the premiere of "Broadway Boogie" at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York in October of 2009, "Perhaps more than any other art form, jazz happens in the moment.  You can talk about it, you can rehearse, you can theorize…but what I crave most is the unique feeling I get when I'm about to embark into unknown territory.  Especially when my captain for the journey is someone I trust and respect.  Individually and together, Eddie and I want to inspire and challenge our listeners.  We've spent our lives with a deep passion for jazz and the dialogue we plan to engage in during this long overdue reunion will give our audience the opportunity to hear the influences that have shaped our styles."

Legendary Count Basie OrchestraFollowing "Broadway Boogie" on Sunday afternoon will be the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.  Since it's creation in 1935 by William "Count" Basie, the orchestra has toured and performed around the globe for fans and dignitaries in every country.  Since Basie's passing in 1984, the orchestra has been led by Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell and-currently-by Bill Hughes (who was hired by Basie in 1953).  The multi-Grammy winning orchestra continues to tour the world and perform for enthusiastic fans of every age. 

Sunday evening's performances on
September 5 at 8 pm will begin with the Julian Lage Group.  While Lage has performed several times at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival (most recently with Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing in 2008) this marks the first appearance on the Ozawa Hall stage with his own group.  Regarded a guitar prodigy at the age of 13, Lage spent several years under the tuttelege of instrumentalist Gary Burton and subsequently gained recognition from jazz superstars Herbie Hancock and Bela Fleck.  His premier recording "Sounding Point" (EmArcy Records 2009), was nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album that year and received critical acclaim for Lage's thoughtfully composed works and innovations in duo and trio settings.  The 21-year old Boston-based guitarist is currently touring with Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, Gary Burton's Next Generation Band and the Julian Lage Group.

Donal FoxThe festival will close on Sunday evening with an encore performance by pianist/composer, Donal Fox, performing a new program called "Piazzolla to Bach," with special guest Maya Beiser.  Fox appeared at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in 2008 and returns by popular demand.  Named a Martin Luther King visiting artist at MIT in 2009, Fox crosses the classical music and jazz music boundaries and continuously receives critical acclaim for his compositions and integration of the two musical genres.  Following Fox's world premiere in December of a composition entitled "Peace Out" at Carnegie Hall, Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Fox's piano playing, bursting with violent, keyboard-spanning runs, drove the music.  A searching middle section quotes fragments of a Charlie Parker blues tune, "Now's the Time."  After a steely solo piano cadenza, the piece concludes with a pensive finale based on a descending and strangely haunting four-note refrain…exceptionally interesting."



 2. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT


This is located 5 miles away from Isabella Freedman, less than 10 minutes by car or shuttle.


Tickets - $40 per person. Normally these tickets are $75.


We can also give you a shuttle ride to and from the performance for an additional $5 per person, round trip. Below is timing and details of the performance. In good weather, they have a lawn festival, which is quite nice. The tickets include admission to the reception, but be aware that the food is not kosher at this event.


Sunday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m. 
     ** Music Mountain 81st Anniversary Celebration
     Concert & Reception **

Shanghai String Quartet
Melvin Chen, Viola, Piano
Schubert: Quartetsatz, in C Minor, D. 703 (1820) (7)
Brahms: Viola Quintet in F Major, Opus 88 (1882) (7)
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34 (1864) (41)



3. JewishFest


This is an excellent, chabad run festival of Jewish Music, Arts, Crafts and Food, in Litchfield, CT, about 20 minutes drive from Isabella Freedman.  Among other things,  they show you how to make shofars,  and have workshops on how you can make your own havdallah candles, see how matzah is made, etc.

This is taking place as follows:


Sunday, September 5, 2010
12:30 - 7:00 PM

Monday, September 6, 2010
10:30 - 5:00 PM


The cost is minimal, if you sign up in advance - $4 per person, and $13 per family, before 9/4/10.  Prices are slightly higher the day of the event. Last time we were there in 2008 folks had a nice time. See their website for all the details!




4. Shakespeare & Company


This is located 35 miles away from Isabella Freedman, about a 50 minute drive.


Shakespeare & Company

70 Kemble Street

Lenox, MA 01240


Please check the website for ticket prices and availability.


Calendar of Events:


September 2, 2010
The Comedy of Errors - 12:45 pm
The Taster - 2:00 pm
More Words! More Play! - 5:30 pm
Preludes - 6:45 pm
The Life and Death of King Richard III - 7:30 pm

September 3, 2010
The Comedy of Errors - 12:45 pm
The Life and Death of King Richard III - 2:00 pm
Preludes - 6:45 pm
The Taster - 7:30 pm

September 4, 2010
Behind the Scenes Tours - 10:00 am
The Comedy of Errors - 12:45 pm
The Taster - 2:00 pm
Preludes - 6:45 pm
The Winter's Tale - 7:30 pm
Sea Marks - 8:00 pm

September 5, 2010
More Words! More Play! - 12:30 pm
The Winter's Tale - 2:00 pm
Mengelberg and Mahler - 3:00 pm
More Words! More Play! - 5:30 pm
Preludes - 6:45 pm
The Life and Death of King Richard III - 7:30 pm

September 6, 2010
Studio Festival of Plays - 11:00 am


Tanglewood                                Music Mountain         Shakespeare & Co.   JewishFest

Tanglewood Jazz Festival: Julian Lage Group followed by The Donal Fox Quartet: Piazzolla to Bach Project with special guest Maya Beiser

September 5, 2010 8:00 PM
Seiji Ozawa Hall
Lenox, Massachusetts 
$18.00  - $62.00


Tanglewood Jazz Festival: Eddie Daniels, Bob James Quartet "Broadway Boogie" and The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

September 5, 2010 2:00 PM
Seiji Ozawa Hall
Lenox, Massachusetts 
$19.00  - $56.00


All Day Jazz Lawn Pass: September 5

September 5, 2010 8:00 PM
Seiji Ozawa Hall
Lenox, Massachusetts