Let’s Talk Shop

Opera singer Ryan Speedo Green will join us for ShopTalks on July 11.

On July 18, Wendall K. Harrington will discuss her long career in scenic projection design for live performance.

Collaborative pianist and vocal coach Margo Garrett will take the stage for ShopTalks on August 15.

Meet a few of the fascinating artists who will share their stories, insights, and passions this summer during weekly ShopTalks.

A former race car driver turned renowned vocal coach and collaborative pianist. One of opera’s rising stars who grew up in a trailer park before being placed in a juvenile facility. The “godmother of modern projection design.”

These are just a few of the artists who will be joining the Tanglewood Learning Institute this summer for ShopTalks, a weekly series of conversations among conductors, composers, and performers that contextualize and enrich audiences’ concert experiences and understanding of classical music.

Born out of Tanglewood’s previous lecture and panel series called Talks and Walks and supported by a gift from the Perles Law Firm in honor of the victims of the Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing and their families, ShopTalks provide classical music lovers with a more up-close-and-personal opportunity to hear from some of the genre’s most talented and influential artists. In candid, informal discussions with their creative colleagues, artists will “talk shop” about living a life in the arts, share their passions and inspirations, and discuss their diverse personal and professional backgrounds as well as their visions for the future of the art form.

ShopTalks begins on July 11 with a conversation with bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, whose journey to the stage is a testament to how the arts can transform lives. Green grew up in poverty in Virginia. His father was absent, and he’s described his relationship with his mother as “volatile.” After he was sent to a juvenile facility at age 12 and placed in solitary confinement, he looked for new hobbies to keep himself out of trouble. He started to sing, and at 24, he won a national competition hosted by the Metropolitan Opera. Now a singer at major opera companies around the world, Green will share his inspiring story with TLI participants. 


The following week will feature Wendall K. Harrington, who’s been called the “Queen of Projections” and the “godmother of modern projection design.” As a designer of scenic projections for the stage, her work has been seen in productions for Broadway, Off Broadway, opera, ballet, and live concerts including The Who’s Tommy. Harrington says, “Projected images are ephemeral. They live in another dimension, and dance in a way that is like music and poetry.” Her ShopTalks conversation will explore this crucial aspect of live performance that’s often overlooked by audiences.



On August 15, Margo Garrett will speak with the BSO’s Thomas Martin, Stanton W. and Elisabeth K. Davis Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, about their experiences as artists. Garrett is an award-winning collaborative pianist and vocal coach who has premiered more than 35 new works. Currently a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West, she is the former co-director of the Collaborative Piano Department at the New England Conservatory and a former faculty member of The Juilliard School.


But before any of this, she was a race car driver. And to learn more, you’ll just have to hear from Margo herself on August 15.

ShopTalks tickets are available for purchase at tli.org.


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