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'Tanglewood in the City: Pittsfield' This Friday
02:35PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Tanglewood in the City returns to Pittsfield Friday with a free video presentation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the Common.
This Friday, Aug. 28, a 2019 Boston Symphony Orchestra program at Tanglewood will be projected on a screen on the Pittsfield Common at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Mill Town Capitol and will feature and Aug. 25, 2019, performance of "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass Morris Robinson.
Tanglewood in the City aims to bring Tanglewood into the Pittsfield community and share one of the festival’s major performances with a wider group of Berkshire residents. The performance will be transmitted onto an 11.5’ x 6.5’ LED screen.
Each presentation will begin with a welcome video featuring conductor Giancarlo Guerrero introducing the concert in both English and Spanish. The video will also feature cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a performance by the young Berkshire musicians from Kids 4 Harmony.
Due to state regulations and public health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, each performance is limited to 50 persons per viewing, in accordance with Massachusetts state guidelines restricting gathering numbers. Admission, which is free, will require advance email registration at Audience members are requested that they also include their first and second desired screening times and the number of people included in their party at the time of email registration.
Face masks will also be required, and attendees will be asked to follow specific instructions while entering and exiting the Common. 
Within the designated event space in the Common, attendees will sit within 10-foot-diameter chalk circles that can accommodate a family unit of up to six people.
Mill Town Capitol has also sponsored 1,000 free coupons for online viewing. People can email for online access, which will be available through Aug. 30.
All viewers are eligible to enter a “watch party" contest for free Tanglewood lawn passes by posting photos on Facebook, Instagram, and @TanglewoodMA on Twitter using the #TWDINTHECITY. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a 2021 Berkshires Resident Season Lawn Pass. These passes are valid for all concerts and events except for popular artists and Tanglewood Learning Institute. Ten passes will be awarded.
A rain date has been set for Sunday, Aug. 30.
The Pittsfield event is inspired by the popular Boston edition of "Tanglewood in the City," which last year celebrated its fourth anniversary. In July 2019, the Boston Symphony Orchestra began a new tradition with the first-ever “Tanglewood in the City" on the Pittsfield Common. It attracted over 1,000 attendees with pre-concert activities and an evening of live music-making under the stars.
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