Berkshire Music Festival

Berkshire Music Festival

(Tanglewood) summer home of Boston Symphony since 1934. [Music Hist.: Thompson, 202–203]
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Mario announced his intention to become a singer at 16 and made his debut at the Berkshire Music Festival in 1942 as Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, changing his name to Mario Lanza as a tribute to his mother.
According to the booklet note, in 1933 the Musical Courier called John Kimball Hadley (1871-1937), "probably the most important composer in the contemporary American musical scene." He wrote five symphonies, numerous choral, piano, and operatic works, toured the world with various orchestras, and founded the Berkshire Music Festival. Such is the fleeting nature of fame that Naxos are left to revive him in their "American Classics" series of budget recordings.

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