Many arts organizations have come out of the pandemic thinking about calls for social justice, diversity and accessibility. The BSO is engaging in outreach efforts this summer; for example, it presented a “Tanglewood in the City” concert screening in the local community of Pittsfield last weekend. Gail Samuel, the BSO’s new president and CEO, says it’s an opportunity to “invite the local audiences to come outside of Tanglewood, really close to home,” she explains.
“I think there are definitely efforts to connect,” Samuel adds, “and I think that’s the question: what do those add up to? And are we serving the community in a way that makes sense for them, not only for us?”
Meanwhile, Nelsons is thrilled to be rehearsing and performing with the Boston Symphony again. “After this one and a half years, experiencing [the] orchestra performing without masks and without distance, it was just… oh, I was so blown away,” he says, giddily.
The first rehearsal, he adds, gave him goosebumps, and reminded him “how greatly we need to cherish things we have in this life.”