Air and Music | Stanley Ely

September 2, 2014 6:36 PM

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Air and Music | Stanley Ely

Around the enormous lawn as the sun set Friday night came a sprinkling of folks dressed as Dorothy or the Scarecrow or the Cowardly Lion. The reward for them and the other several thousand of us present, was an ingenious take on "The Wizard of Oz": the original film wit its musical score stripped away and replaced altogether, live by the Boston Pops under the baton of its youthful conductor Keith Lockhart. The movie started on a huge screen, the live music with it, and you'd think no one had seen the story before. Crowds picnicking on the lawn and sitting under the shed applauded at every happy moment and jeered when the Wicked Witch appeared. That film still a tear jerker after all these years? Ummm.

This was last weekend at Tanglewood, one of America's premier summer music festivals, in the bosom of the Massachusetts Berkshire Mountains. I had gone with a tour group of 50 others to hear "Oz for Orchestra" as well on Saturday night as Rachmaninoff's familiar Variations on a Theme of Paganini, an...

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