At least once during the summer, I select a Tanglewood concert to attend in Western Massachusetts.
The K&L Tours bus picks up guests from Park Street in downtown Boston. After a pleasant three hour trip – with a rest stop on the way there – the bus arrives at Tanglewood, the music center and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The price of your ticket includes a seat in the “Shed” to hear a concert and the round trip there and back. If you travel on your own steam, you can purchase inexpensive lawn tickets and picnic before and during the concert.
The Tanglewood grounds are lovely with walking paths and grottoes, benches, views of the Berkshire Hills, exhibits in the Visitor’s Center and Manor House and, gorgeous stretches of lawn with pockets of flowers.
I attended a sold-out Tanglewood concert this past summer where Yo-Yo Ma was the star performer. He is one of my favorite musicians.
When I listen to and watch Yo-Yo Ma play, an extraordinary thing happens: I see colors emanating from his cello like streamers in the wind or colorful kite tails wafting over the audience.
This mostly happens when I attend live performances with certain musicians. It is as if the musicians are coaxing their instruments to sing rather than the musician actually playing them.
When I was a child, I experienced this music-color phenomena far more frequently than I do now as an adult.
I thought everyone saw colors when listening to music and was surprised to find out it was not the case.
Perhaps, I imagined, those musicians who produced these colors had tapped into an extraordinary dimension where they effortlessly and magically animated their instruments which then played and created the streams of colors.
I could not find a Cello design to fold this morning so opted to modify a Dollar-Bill Origami Guitar model to make it look like a Cello.
Wish there were more Origami musical instrument models to fold.