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Tale of Tanglewood

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $250

Subjects: History, Music

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Rhombus
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 58 mins
Country of Origin:
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1996
Available in French: No

June 30, 1946. A village in the hills of Massachusetts comes to life. The great Serge Koussevitsky, founding director of the Tanglewood Music Center, commissions Benjamin Britten to write "Peter Grimes" - an exciting new opera conducted by the 28-year-old Leonard Bernstein. Fifty years later, with Maestro Seiji Ozawa at the helm, Tanglewood remounts the now famous "Peter Grimes" with some of the world's most gifted young singers and instrumentalists. For Maestro Ozawa, it is an exciting rebirth of opera at Tanglewood. For those who had been involved in the original production, it is an occasion, not only for the passing of knowledge, but for reunion and nostalgia. A TALE OF TANGLEWOOD: PETER GRIMES REBORN weaves a tapestry that travels back and forth over the 50 years that separate the two performances, drawing parallels between the two productions as they build in momentum, and culminate in a sizzling performance attended by many of the original performers- now in their 70s and 80s. Out of this juxtaposition of past and present emerges a powerfully resonant, multi-layered, often humorous portrait of one of the world's great

Awards: Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition Gold WorldMedal, The New York Festivals Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival Gold Camera Award, US International Film & Video Festival Golden Sheaf, Yorkton Film & Video Festival Best Sound, Gemini Awards FIPA, France