I’m not much for summertime TV. I’ve given up all hope on Season Two of “Under The Dome” (skip the whole thing; read the book instead) and I immediately felt guilty after watching “Sharknado 2.” The bulk of my summer screen time usually comes from watching the Red Sox, but they haven’t done much by way of entertainment on the field lately, in case you haven’t noticed. All of that’s to say, I’m pleased to see the Boston Symphony Orchestra has put together something worth watching this summer.
“New Tanglewood Tales: Backstage with Rising Artists” follows six Tanglewood Music Center fellows all summer long, with new episodes released weekly. You’ll meet Karina Canellakis (conductor), Jeffrey DeRoche (percussion), Conor McDonald (baritone), Clare Elizabeth Monfredo (cello), Masha Popova (flute), and Jacob Shack (viola) as you get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to make music in the Berkshires at Tanglewood.
This ain’t reality TV, kid. It’s thoughtful and engaging, and I find the fellows and their stories to be fascinating. I hope you do, too. And hey, it sure beats watching Clay Buchholz blow another lead. I’ve posted the first episode, as I’m sure you noticed; click here for more.