By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
August 7, 9, and 11 Today's unequaled mezzo, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, repeats her gripping performances from a few years ago of two Bach solo cantatas as staged by Peter Sellars and accompanied by Craig Smith's Emmanuel Music from Boston.
August 18-20 Mark Morris's dancers, Nicholas McGegan conducting some fine singers, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's serve Morris's exciting, funny, and lyrically awesome dance version of Handel's oratorio L'allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato.
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June 24-September 4Tanglewood's 2005 summer follows the basic pattern of recent years, with concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, recitals by touring or resident and teaching luminaries, chamber music, and most importantly, the classes, rehearsals, and concerts of the Tanglewood Music Center. TMC is the BSO's academy for advanced students and young professionals in performance and composition. James Levine, finishing his first year as BSO music director, naturally brings new force to the festival, a force which should expand healthfully in future summers. This time, at least, he conducts the BSO and an army of singers in Mahler's Eighth SymphonyJuly 8, the usually brilliant TMC Orchestra and some Met singers in two acts from Wagner's Ring July 16, and a few other concerts. And as he did some years ago, composer John Harbison is in encouraging charge of this summer's Festival of Contemporary Music August 4-8.