The Linde Center for Music and Learning Opens its Doors to All

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The Linde Center for Music and Learning Opens its Doors to All
The Linde Center celebrated its grand opening with a weekend full of performances, interactive artistic experiences, a ribbon cutting, and a gala

Where once was a tent now stands a tangible symbol of the BSO’s investment in music, learning, Tanglewood, and the Berkshires. The Linde Center for Music and Learning officially opened on June 28 with a gala and a public celebration, attended by hundreds of Tanglewood’s friends and neighbors. The new facility – Tanglewood’s first climate-controlled, year-round buildings – marks a threshold moment for Tanglewood and a deepening of the BSO’s connections in the Berkshires forged more than 80 years ago.

Linde CenterBSO Trustee Joyce Linde cuts the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the Linde Center for Music and Learning

Donors, musicians, staff, and visitors gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony
Donors, musicians, staff, and visitors gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony

On a day filled with inspirational speeches, a Tanglewood Learning Institute Open House in the facility with interactive artistic experiences and performances, and of course, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the cross-section of people at the Linde Center’s opening accurately and appropriately reflected the varied and diverse audience that the Linde Center will serve. Tanglewood Music Center Fellows and faculty, BSO musicians and staff, and visitors from all over the Berkshires and beyond came together to enjoy a day together to commemorate the landmark occasion. 

Ed Barker, BSO principal bass, Harold D. Hodgkinson chair, spoke on behalf of his fellow musicians and lauded how the facility was a perfect extension of the goals set for Tanglewood by its founder Serge Koussevitzky. “As I look around me, literally for the first time I’ve seen this building, I realize that the Linde Center for Music and Learning is an exciting natural extension of Serge Koussevitzky’s dream,” he said. “Along with Ozawa Hall, the Bernstein Campus and the original Tanglewood Campus, this new center is a place about connections. I tend to think of it as not just a place populated with those of the here and now, but a cultural center embodying the ghosts of past great artists, musicians, and ideas still roaming this lush landscape.”
 
And though Koussevitzky may have appreciated the buildings serving the needs of Tanglewood’s musical operations, the intent and the importance of the Linde Center is that it is not only for Tanglewood’s own use during the season -- it is for all to enjoy. BSO Trustee Joyce Linde, whose family’s generosity is honored in the naming of the Linde Center, stressed how the facility continued Tanglewood’s goal of bringing all people together though music and learning. “Whether it’s the Tanglewood Music Center, Tanglewood Learning Institute, Boston Symphony Orchestra events, or those offered by others,” she said, “it is our hope that the Linde Center becomes a community resource to unite people through shared experiences and that it amplifies a core value of the Tanglewood experience: that is that Tanglewood is for everyone.”

Visitors enjoying the first of this summer’s Tanglewood Learning Institute Open Houses at the Linde Center.
Visitors enjoying the first of this summer’s Tanglewood Learning Institute Open Houses at the Linde Center.
Visitors enjoying the first of this summer’s Tanglewood Learning Institute Open Houses at the Linde Center.

Visitors enjoying the first of this summer’s Tanglewood Learning Institute Open Houses at the Linde Center.

Well beyond its use for music lovers during the Tanglewood season, the Linde Center is also a year-round facility that will be open for use by Tanglewood’s Berkshire neighbors throughout the year, much in the same way Tanglewood itself is a public park outside of the festival season. The BSO’s Eunice and Julian Cohen President and CEO Mark Volpe said this commitment to sharing the space was another important way the BSO is strengthening its connections to the area that has hosted the festival for generations. “We at the BSO are incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunities that this facility will create for collaboration, and we look forward to making what has been our summer home for so many years into one of our two permanent, year-round addresses for the future,” he said. “The Linde Center for Music and Learning is the focal point for even deeper engagement between the BSO and our neighbors here in the Berkshires. It is a tangible symbol and center for the BSO’s dedication not just to being in the Berkshire community, but more important, being of the Berkshire community.”

With scores of new events scheduled throughout the summer and future four-season programming from the Tanglewood Learning Institute, the Linde Center for Music and Learning is already a vibrant focal point at Tanglewood, where learning and the arts come together for the benefit of all who wish to participate.


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