Tension, Conflict, Freedom: Exploring Peace through Music and Negotiation

Tension, Conflict, Freedom: Exploring Peace through Music and Negotiation

“The work that we do at TLI brings people together to create a more civil society, which is needed now more than ever before,” says Sue Elliott, Judith and Stewart Colton Director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI).

As a world-renowned expert on negotiation and conflict resolution, Dr. Daniel Shapiro has a lot to say on that topic.

Dr. Shapiro’s life mission is to help people communicate more effectively. As founding director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program and bestselling author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, he’s advised everyone from hostage negotiators to families in crisis, disputing CEOs to clashing heads of state. And on August 24, Dr. Shapiro and TLI participants will explore the pursuit of peace during The Big Idea, which is sure to be one of this summer’s most compelling events at Tanglewood.

Dr. Shapiro’s talk will come just before the BSO’s final concert of the Tanglewood season on August 25: a performance of Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the traditional Tanglewood closer—culminating in the choral movement popularly known as the “Ode to Joy.” Composed more than 80 years apart, these two works present powerfully contrasting portraits of protest, freedom, peace, and shared humanity.

But fear not, non-classical music fans. The Big Idea programs are designed to provide meaning and context for the BSO’s performances, but Elliott says participants don’t need to know a thing about orchestral music or the BSO to enjoy and learn from these conversations.

“TLI is designed to serve a broad range of curious people,” said Elliott. “Those include people who have no musical training or classical music knowledge. And so when I think about Tanglewood serving, or engaging people who aren't hardcore classical music fans, I think about programming that's interesting, that is intellectually and emotionally resonant, but that isn't 100% musical in nature.”

For more conversations inspired by the music of the BSO, be sure to join fellow TLI participants for two other The Big Idea programs: an exploration of nation-building in the 21st century with Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of State (1997—2001), on July 6; and a discussion on American leadership with   Pulitzer Prize-winning author and renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on July 27.

 The Big Idea is supported by Marillyn Tufte Zacharis.

Dr. Shapiro sharing his ideas and insights with Freethink Media on effectively dealing with conflict and the way to a more peaceful nation and world.

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