Photo Credit: Michael Blanchard
The only person who seems not to love Opening Night at Tanglewood is Mother Nature, since it never fails to rain torrentially. Nevertheless, it was a spectacular evening, which began with cocktails and dinner under the Hawthorne Tent, continued with Andris Nelsons conducting the concert in the Koussevitzky Music Shed and concluded with a post-performance reception at Highwood Manor House.
Present and accounted for: co-chairs Liliana and Hillel Bachrach and Martha and Todd Golub, classical music’s most beloved cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, his arts consultant wife, Jill Hornor, NBC talking heads Al Roker and Harry Smith, music lovers Cindy and Oliver Curme, the soignee Joyce Linde, radio smoothie Ron Della Chiesa and his better half, Joyce, Beacon Hillion Alli Achtmeyer, fashion plate Carole Rudman and her husband, Ed, mega-philanthropists Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, the fascinating duo of Ranny Cooper and David Smith and one guest who said, “Why do I always forget that wearing heels to this party is a really bad idea?”
Dinner was delicious, and the general consensus was that Mahler’s No. 2 never sounded better. Overheard during the cocktail reception: “I’ll try not to bore you.”
“Oh, good. Start now.”