Oliver Smith in Tanglewood - 22 July, 1979

from Letter from Oliver Smith to Leonard Bernstein, 23 July 1979, page 537:

Dearest Lenny Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure of hearing you conduct at Tanglewood. You were simply wonderful. I felt so proud of you. I made a darting trip up to “welcome” you back along with the enthusiastic thousands to whom you bring inspiration and joy and so much of your innermost being. Unfortunately I had to rush back and didn’t have the opportunity to rush back stage, see those eyes wide open very wide with delight and give you a great hug. I do so now. You were simply magnificent. The Haydn Mass in Bb was so joyous I was ready to embrace the church, something I am…   more >>
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Oliver Smith, Letter from Oliver Smith to Leonard Bernstein, 23 July 1979. In Nigel Simeone (ed.), The Leonard Bernstein Letters (City of New Haven, 2013), p. 537. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1388488111101 accessed: 2 December, 2023

location of experience: Tanglewood


Listening to

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Fifth Symphony
written by Aleksandr Glazunov, Dmitri Shostakovich, Nikolai Myaskovsky
written by Haydn

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 July, 1979
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The programme on 22 July consisted of Haydn’s Theresienmesse and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:08:31 +0000