Things that You Must Do and See on a Trip to Antarctica

It is hard not to be thrilled at the sight of these waddling, flightless tuxedo wearers, as they slide around on the muddy rock in their huge numbers.

They clean themselves obsessively, and scare away neighbors who encroach by their nests, and fend off troublesome, chick threatening seals and skuas. The chicks, with fluffy brown down, thrust their beaks into their parents’ for food.

Penguins work around the clock to feed their young. As one parent comes back with fish from the icy sea, a ritual takes place of bows and pecks and then the other heads to the ocean for their stint.

Penguins are actually not really as cute as people think. Penguins are noisy, rude and foul-smelling. But, they’re truly fascinating and the opportunity to stand close enough to be touched by their flippers, draws more tourists to visit the Antarctic. The Antarctic really is at the edge of the world.

The Penguins aren’t the only thing people come to see. There is an astonishingly beautiful landscape of icebergs resembling dragons and mythical being and glaciers with spires as tall as those found on European cathedrals and there are seals, albatross, dolphins, whales, and icebergs.

The number of people who have been to this exciting place before is smaller than the crowd at a typical football match. Antarctica is nature’s cathedral, Earth’s last frontier. The first part of the adventure is the journey to Antarctica. While this trip is indeed costly, its exotic and exclusive nature makes it worth the money Travelers from the U.S. have to first fly 20 hours to one of four places that are relatively close to Antarctica; Ushuaia in Argentina Punta Arenas in Chile, Cape Town in South Africa, or Christchurch in New Zealand. It is through these ports that most of the passengers embark on their journey to Antarctica in expedition cruise ships. That’s still the only way to get there, and passengers endure several days of rough seas until they reach The Big Ice.

Although the visible part of Antarctica must be the size of the U.S. and Mexico, if we add the area of the ice shelves around it, it is about thrice the size. 70 percent of the Earth?s fresh water lies within this icy mass that has a thickness of two miles and puts a huge amount of pressure on the Earth?s surface.

February 10 to 18 will see tourists selecting from nine available ships and a choice of itineraries covering Antarctica. There is only one ship that carries 400 passengers while all the others are small and carry between 75 and 200 passengers. On these voyages, instead of casinos, fitness centers and swimming pools, there are lectures and informative slide shows explaining Antarctica?s natural beauty.

Zodiac rafts take passengers to seal colonies, penguin rookeries and to research stations where scientists are busy studying the several mysteries of life in Antarctica.

Parties to the Antarctic Treaty, the U.S., Argentina, Chile, China, Russia and a few other parties maintain the research stations. The Antarctic Treaty is the international agreement that preserves Antarctica as a border-free, commerce-free, nuclear-free, environmentally protected science laboratory. Sightseers are seen as unwelcome guests by some research stations while others see this as an opportunity for them to get exposed to the work going on.

Hope Bay is where Argentina has its Esperanza station that looks like a small town full of orange-colored bungalows that have work areas as well as recreational facilities, a church and a school and tourists are allowed to freely move around throughout the entire facility. Penguins, children, the scientists, military personnel and their dogs are all friendly with one another.

On King George?s Island, Chile has its Teniente Marsh station which happens to be the biggest bas on that island and, surprisingly, has a post office besides a restaurant and a convenience store. In the vicinity, is the Great Wall Station, run by its Chinese staff, where you can buy T-shirts, stuffed penguins, medals, souvenirs and other curios. Anvers Island poses a unique problem in the sense that the United States’ Palmer Station allows only certain pre-selected ships to stop by at specific times. Tourists are not permitted inside laboratories and residential areas.
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Casual Fridays – Andris Nelsons conducts J.S. Bach, Shepherd and Mendelssohn featuring pianists Thomas Adès, Kirill Gerstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Four Friday-evening concerts-one each in October, January, February, and April- are designated "Casual Fridays" this season. You are invited to wear your favorite casual attire, and to arrive early to enjoy a free, pre-concert reception before you take your seat. This lower-priced series also features a special section for Conductor Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective. Then, immediately after the performance, head to the post-concert reception, where, besides enjoying live music, snacks, and a cash bar, you are invited to mingle and share what you've just experienced at the BSO concert. View biography in full page >

In 2016-17, his third season as the BSO's Ray and Maria Stata Music Director, Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fourteen wide-ranging subscription programs at Symphony Hall, repeating three of them at New York's Carnegie Hall in late February/early March, followed by two concerts in Montreal and Toronto. In the summer of 2015, following his first season as music director, his contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was extended through the 2021-22 season. In addition, in 2017 he becomes Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, in which capacity he will also bring the BSO and GWO together for a unique multi-dimensional alliance. Following the 2015 Tanglewood season, Maestro Nelsons and the BSO undertook a twelve-concert, eight-city tour to major European capitals as well as the Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg festivals. A second European tour, to eight cities in Germany (including the BSO's first performance in Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus), Austria, and Luxembourg, took place in May 2016.

The fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011 with Mahler's Symphony No. 9. He made his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, leading both the BSO and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of Tanglewood's 75th Anniversary Gala. His first CD with the BSO-live recordings of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2-was released in November 2014 on BSO Classics. In 2014-15, in collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, he and the BSO initiated a multi-year recording project entitled "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow," to include live performances of Shostakovich's symphonies 5 through 10 and other works composed under the life-threatening shadow of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Released in July 2015, their first Shostakovich disc-the Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk-won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. May 2016 brought not only the second release in this series-a two-disc set including symphonies 5, 8, and 9 and excerpts from Shostakovich's 1932 incidental music for Hamlet-but also the extension of the collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon to encompass the composer's complete symphonies and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. More recently, this past August, their disc of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 won Gramophone Magazine's Orchestral Award.

From 2008 to 2015, Andris Nelsons was critically acclaimed as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the next few seasons, he continues his collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. A regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera, and Metropolitan Opera, he returned to the Bayreuth Festival in summer 2014 to conduct Wagner's Lohengrin, in a production directed by Hans Neuenfels, which he premiered at Bayreuth in 2010. Under a new, exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Mr. Nelsons will record the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bruckner symphonies with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Andris Nelsons began his career as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra before studying conducting. He was principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, from 2006 to 2009 and music director of the Latvian National Opera from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Nelsons is the subject of a 2013 DVD from Orfeo, a documentary film entitled "Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire."

(September 2016)

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Born in London in 1971, Thomas Adès studied piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and read music at King's College, Cambridge.   Renowned as both a composer and a performer he works regularly with the world's leading opera companies and festivals.  

Recent conducting engagements include a tour with the Britten Sinfonia, concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Gulbenkian Orchestra as part of his Gulbenkian Foundation Residency, the London Symphony and Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestras, his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC, Finnish and Danish Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (whose Music Director he was between 1998 and 2000), the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern and the Athelas Ensemble.
He recently conducted productions of The Rake's Progress at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Zurich Opera.  His most recent piano engagements include a recital at Carnegie Hall with Ian Bostridge, and an appearance with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. In 2010 he undertook a piano recital tour that included Carnegie Hall, and London's Barbican Centre featured the premiere of his new piano work Concert Paraphrase from Powder Her Face.  2010/11 saw Adès return to Australia as an artist in residence at the Melbourne Festival.  Future plans include concerts with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Barry's "The Importance of Being Earnest" with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and a piano recital at the Festival de Saint Denis.

Between 1993 and 1995 he was Composer in Association with the Hallé Orchestra, which resulted in The Origin of the Harp (1994) and These Premises Are Alarmed for the opening of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. Asyla (1997) was a Feeney Trust commission for Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO who performed it at Symphony Hall in August 1998 in Rattle's last concert as Music Director.   From 1999-2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival.
Adès' first opera, Powder Her Face (commissioned by Almeida Opera for the Cheltenham Festival in 1995), has been performed all around the world, was televised by Channel Four, and is available on a DVD as well as an EMI CD. Most of the composer's music has been recorded by EMI, with whom Adès has a contract as composer, pianist and conductor. Adès' second opera, The Tempest, was commissioned by the Royal Opera House and was premiered under the baton of the composer to great critical acclaim in February 2004. It was revived at Covent Garden in 2007 – again with the composer conducting and to a sold-out house – and has also been performed in Copenhagen, Strasbourg and Santa Fe. Recently released to outstanding reviews, The Tempest is also available on an EMI CD and in France, the disc was recently awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or de l'année and the 2010 Classical Brit Award for Composer of the Year. In September 2005 his violin concerto, Concentric Paths, written for Anthony Marwood, was premiered at the Berliner Festspiele and the BBC Proms, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under his baton. His second orchestral work for Simon Rattle, Tevot, (2007) was commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Carnegie Hall. 

Appointed to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer Chair at Carnegie Hall for 2007/8, he was featured as composer, conductor and pianist throughout that season.  Adès' most recent works include a 'Piano concerto with moving image' entitled In Seven Days, a collaboration with video artist Tal Rosner, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London's Southbank Centre and Lieux Retrouvés, a work for 'cello and piano written for Steven Isserlis and commissioned by Aldeburgh Festival and Wigmore Hall.

Adès' music has attracted numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award (in 2000, for Asyla), of which he is the youngest ever recipient. View biography in full page >

The multifaceted pianist Kirill Gerstein is rapidly ascending into classical music's highest ranks. With a masterful technique, discerning intelligence, and a musical curiosity that has led him to explore repertoire spanning centuries and numerous styles, he has proven to be one of today's most intriguing and versatile musicians.

Mr. Gerstein is the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, presented every four years to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Since receiving the award in 2010, Mr. Gerstein has shared his prize through the commissioning of boundary-crossing new works by Oliver Knussen, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Timothy Andres and Alexander Goehr. Mr. Gerstein was also awarded First Prize at the 2001 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, received a 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award and a 2010 Avery Fisher Grant.

Highlights of his 2015-16 season in North America include performances of Scriabin's Prometheus: Poem of Fire with Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 with Semyon Bychkov and the Berlin Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra, and playing both of George Gershwin's piano concertos in the original jazz-band version to open New York's 92nd Street Y's 15/16 season; re-engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as with the Toronto, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Colorado, Utah and Oregon symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra; a tour to Australia and New Zealand; his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw with concerts in Amsterdam and Frankfurt; a European tour with the Czech Philharmonic; and recitals in New York and Houston.

Kirill Gerstein's recent North American engagements include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis and Montreal symphonies among others. He has also recently appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chicago's Grant Park, Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony, Blossom with the Cleveland Orchestra, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Mann Music Center and Saratoga; and performed in recital at New York's 92nd St. Y and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and in Boston, Toronto, Berkeley, Vancouver, Detroit, Miami and Princeton.

Internationally, Kirill Gerstein has played with such prominent European orchestras as the Czech, Munich, Rotterdam and London Philharmonics, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskappelle, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Zurich Tonhalle, as well as with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He has performed recitals in Paris, Prague, Hamburg, London's Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He made his Salzburg Festival debut playing solo and two piano works with Andras Schiff and has also appeared at the Lucerne and Jerusalem Chamber Music Festivals as well as at the Proms in London.

Mr. Gerstein's second solo recording featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann's Carnaval was released by Myrios Classics in June 2014. His first solo recording with works by Schumann, Liszt and Oliver Knussen, also for Myrios, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best recordings of 2010. He also collaborated with Tabea Zimmerman on two recordings of sonatas for viola and piano for Myrios, released in February 2011 and November 2012. His most recent recording of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was released by Myrios in March 2015 and is the first recording using the new critical edition recently completed by the Tchaikovsky Museum in Moscow using the composer's original second version.

Born in 1979 in Voronezh, Russia, Mr. Gerstein studied piano at a special music school for gifted children and taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents' extensive record collection. At the age of 14, he came to the United States to study jazz piano as the youngest student ever to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music. After completing his studies in three years and following his second summer at the Boston University program at Tanglewood, Mr. Gerstein turned his focus back to classical music and moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky and earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees by the age of 20. He continued his studies in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and in Budapest with Ferenc Rados.

Mr. Gerstein became an American citizen in 2003 and divides his time between the United States and Germany. View biography in full page >

For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed world-wide, recorded over 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today's finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire – from Beethoven through Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns; to Ravel, Khachaturian and Gershwin, and to contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan.

In 2016-17 Thibaudet is Artist-in-Residence with Orchestre National de France,  Wiener Symphoniker, and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. As part of his residency in Paris, he performs Saint-Saëns's Piano Concerto No. 5 with Stéphane Denève and Khachaturian's Concerto for Piano with Semyon Bychkov; he also curates a special performance with selected students for Radio France. The Vienna residency sees a chamber music programme with principals from the orchestra, performances of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy under Music Director Philippe Jordan, as well as concerts featuring the Grieg and Gershwin concertos – the latter televised by Austrian broadcaster ORF. At Colburn he enters the third year of his residency – the first of its kind – where his passion for education and fostering young musical talent is invested through individual lessons, masterclasses, and performances with students.

Other season highlights include performances of Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie with Gustavo Dudamel and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela as part of the season-opening concerts at Carnegie Hall and on tour in Europe. He tours China with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, opens the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season under Music Director Marin Alsop and performs James MacMillan's Concerto for Piano No.3 – a piece he premiered in 2011 – with the Brussels and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras under Stéphane Denève.

Thibaudet's recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received two Grammy nominations, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d'Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, as well as Gramophone and Echo awards. This season he releases Bernstein's Age of Anxiety with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, with whom he previously recorded Gershwin (2010), which featured big jazz band orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, variations on "I Got Rhythm" and the Concerto in F. In 2016, on the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie's birth, Decca released a box set of Satie's complete solo piano music performed by Thibaudet – one of the foremost interpreters and champions of the composer's works. On his Grammy-nominated recording Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2&5, released in 2007, he is joined by long-standing collaborator Charles Dutoit and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Thibaudet's Aria-Opera Without Words, which was released the same year, features aria transcriptions, some of which are Thibaudet's own. His other recordings include the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Conversations With Bill Evans.

Thibaudet has also had an impact on the world of fashion, film and philanthropy. This season he features in Aaron Zigman's soundtrack for Wakefield, a drama by Robin Swicord released in September 2016. He was soloist in Dario Marianelli's award-winning scores for the films Atonement (which won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score) and Pride and Prejudice, andrecorded Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack for the 2012 film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He had a cameo in Bruce Beresford's film on Alma Mahler, Bride of the Wind, and his playing is showcased throughout. In 2004 he served as president of the prestigious charity auction Hospices de Beaune. His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. 

Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and, three years later, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. Among his numerous commendations is the Victoire d'Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honour given by France's Victoires de la Musique. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. View biography in full page >

James Burton, BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver, Founder and Conductor Laureate

This season at Symphony Hall, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for performances of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, Bach's B minor Mass, and Mozart's Requiem under BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Holst's The Planets under Charles Dutoit, Busoni's Piano Concerto under Sakari Oramo, and Debussy's Nocturnes under BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink. Originally formed under the joint sponsorship of Boston University and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the all-volunteer Tanglewood Festival Chorus was established in 1970 by its founding conductor John Oliver, who stepped down from his leadership position with the TFC at the end of the 2014 Tanglewood season. Awarded the Tanglewood Medal by the BSO to honor his forty-five years of service to the ensemble, Mr. Oliver now holds the lifetime title of Founder and Conductor Laureate and occupies the Donald and Laurie Peck Master Teacher Chair at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Though first established for performances at the BSO's summer home, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus was soon playing a major role in the BSO's subscription season as well as BSO concerts at Carnegie Hall. Now numbering more than 300 members, the ensemble performs year-round with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. It has performed with Seiji Ozawa and the BSO in Hong Kong and Japan, and with the BSO in Europe under James Levine and Bernard Haitink, also giving a cappella concerts of its own on the two latter occasions. The TFC made its debut in April 1970, in a BSO performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Its first recording with the orchestra, Berlioz's La Damnation of Faust with Seiji Ozawa, received a Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance of 1975. The TFC has since made dozens of recordings with the BSO and Boston Pops, with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. In August 2011, with John Oliver conducting and soloist Stephanie Blythe, the TFC gave the world premiere of Alan Smith's An Unknown Sphere for mezzo-soprano and chorus, commissioned by the BSO for the ensemble's 40th anniversary. Its most recent recordings on BSO Classics, all drawn from live performances, include a disc of a cappella music led by John Oliver and released to mark the TFC's 40th anniversary; and, with James Levine conducting, Ravel's complete Daphnis and Chloé (a Grammy-winner for Best Orchestral Performance of 2009), Brahms's German Requiem, and William Bolcom's Eighth Symphony for chorus and orchestra (a BSO 125th Anniversary Commission). Besides their work with the Boston Symphony, members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus have performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic; participated in a Saito Kinen Festival production of Britten's Peter Grimes under Seiji Ozawa in Japan, and sang Verdi's Requiem with Charles Dutoit to help close a month-long International Choral Festival given in and around Toronto. The ensemble had the honor of singing at Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral; has performed with the Boston Pops for the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics; and can also be heard on the soundtracks of Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, John Sayles's Silver City, and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. TFC members regularly commute from the greater Boston area, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, and TFC alumni frequently return each summer from as far away as Florida and California to sing with the chorus at Tanglewood. Throughout its history, the TFC has established itself as a favorite of conductors, soloists, critics, and audiences alike.

Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton, BSO Choral Director and Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver, Founder and Conductor Laureate
as of March 17, 2017

§ = membership of 40 years or more
* = membership of 35-39 years
# = membership of 25-34 years

Sopranos:

Deborah Abel
Natalie Aldrich
Carol Amaya
Alison Anderson
Emily Anderson
Deborah Coyle Barry
Kettly Benoit
Debra Benschneider
Michele Bergonzi #
Aimée Birnbaum
Sandra Brayton Foley
Joy Emerson Brewer
Alison M. Burns
Norma Caiazza
Jeni Lynn Cameron
Susan Cavalieri #
Catherine C. Cave #
Stephanie Chambers
Anna S. Choi
Lorenzee Cole #
Lisa Conant-Nielsen
Sarah Dorfman Daniello #
Bridget Dennis
Emilia DiCola
Christine Pacheco Duquette *
Sarah Eastman
Amal El-Shrafi
Sarah Evans
Mary A. V. Feldman #
Margaret Felice
Jodie-Marie Fernandes
Katherine Barrett Foley
Kaila J. Frymire
Diana Galeano
Diana Gamet
Chrystina Gastelum
Karen Ginsburg
Bonnie Gleason
Jean Grace
Christina Grandy de Oliveira
Julia Grizzell
Hannah Grube
Ashley Gryta
Beth Grzegorzewski
Carrie Louise Hammond
Cynde Hartman
Alyssa Hensel
Lisa Herrmann
Kathy Ho
Eileen Huang
Maureen Renee Hughes
Stephanie Janes
Polina Dimitrova Kehayova
Carrie Kenney
Ann K. Kilmartin
Donna Kim #
Greta Koning
Sarah Kornfeld
Nancy Kurtz #
Jane Labriola
Barbara Abramoff Levy §
Farah Darliette Lewis
Naomi Lopin Osborne
Sarah Mayo
Deirdre Michael
Kieran Murray
Kathleen O'Boyle
Ebele Okpokwasili-Johnson
Jaylyn Olivo
Laurie Stewart Otten
Kimberly Pearson
Avery Peterman
Laura Stanfield Prichard
Livia M. Racz #
Emily Rosenberg
Jessica Rucinski
Melanie Salisbury #
Johanna Schlegel
Pamela Schweppe #
Sandra J. Shepard
Joan P. Sherman §
Erin M. Smith
Judy Stafford
Stephanie Steele
Patricia J. Stewart #
Dana R. Sullivan
Emily Suuberg
Jessica Taylor
Sarah Telford #
Jessica Toupin
Nora Anne Watson
Alison L. Weaver
Sarah Wesley
Kirstie Wheeler
Lauren Woo
Bethany Worrell
Susan Glazer Yospin
Wanzhe Zhang
Meghan Renee ZuverAltos:

Anete Adams
Virginia Bailey
Kristen S. Bell
Martha Reardon Bewick
Betty Blanchard Blume #
Betsy Bobo
Lauren A. Boice
Donna J. Brezinski
Sharon Brown
Janet L. Buecker
Janet Casey
Elizabeth Clifford
Cypriana Slosky Coelho
Sarah Cohan
Danielle Coombe
Ethel Crawford #
Abbe Dalton Clark
Kathryn DerMarderosian
Diane Droste #
Barbara Durham
Barbara Naidich Ehrmann #
Paula Folkman *
Debra Swartz Foote
Dorrie Freedman §
Irene Gilbride *
Denise Glennon
Mara Goldberg
Lianne Goodwin
Ana Guigui
Rachel K. Hallenbeck #
Julie Hausmann
Betty Jenkins
Susan L. Kendall

Evelyn Eshleman Kern *
Yoo-Kyung Kim
Eve Kornhauser
Nora Kory
Annie Lee
Katherine Mallin Lilly
Gale Tolman Livingston *
Anne Forsyth Martín
Kristen McEntee
Louise-Marie Mennier
Ana Morel
Louise Morrish
Tracy Elissa Nadolny
Kendra Nutting
Fumiko Ohara *
Andrea Okerholm Huttlin
Maya Pardo
Roslyn Pedlar #
Laurie R. Pessah
Linda Doreen Rapciak
Kathleen Hunkele Schardin
Anne K. Smith
Ada Park Snider *
Amy Spound
Julie Steinhilber *
Nancy Stevenson *
Celia Tafuri
Lelia Tenreyro-Viana
Michele C. Truhe
Martha F. Vedrine
Cindy M. Vredeveld
Christina Wallace Cooper #
Laura Webb
Marguerite Weidknecht #
Karen Thomas Wilcox
Tibisay Zea Tenors:

Lucas Alvarado
Brad W. Amidon #
Armen Babikyan
Brent Barbieri
James Barnswell
John C. Barr #
Victor Calcaterra
Felix M. Caraballo
Ryan Casperson
Jiahao Chen
Stephen Chrzan
Andrew Crain #
John Cunningham
Sean Dillon
Tom Dinger
C Paul Dredge
Ron Efromson
Carey D. Erdman
Keith Erskine
Johannes Flecker
Aidan Christopher Gent
Len Giambrone
James E. Gleason
Gregory A. Gonser
Leon Grande
J. Stephen Groff *
David Halloran #
David J. Heid
Brandon L. Hetherington
John W. Hickman #
William Hobbib
Stanley G. Hudson #
Matthew Jaquith
Timothy O. Jarrett
James R. Kauffman #
Thomas Kenney
Jordan King

Elijah Langille
Michael Lapomardo
Kwan H. Lee
Michael Lemire
Michael Levin
Lance Levine
Justin Lundberg
Henry Lussier §
Daniel Mahoney
Ronald J. Martin
Mark Mulligan
David Norris *
John R. Papirio
Kevin Parker
Dwight E. Porter *
Guy F. Pugh
Peter Pulsifer
Nate Ramsayer
Lee Ransom
Tom Regan
Brian R. Robinson
Francis Rogers
David Roth
Joshuah Rotz
Blake Siskavich
Arend Sluis
Stephen E. Smith
Peter L. Smith
Don P. Sturdy #
Martin S. Thomson
Stephen J. Twiraga
Adam Van der Sluis
Stratton Vitikos
Andrew Wang
Joseph Y. Wang
Matthew Wang
Hyun Yong Woo Basses:

Nicholas Altenbernd
Thomas Anderson
Vartan T. Babikyan
Scott Barton
Nathan Black
Daniel E. Brooks *
Nicholas A. Brown
Stephen J. Buck
Eric Chan
Matthew Collins
George F. Coughlin
Michael Cross
Arthur M. Dunlap
Michel Epsztein
Jeff Foley
Mark Gianino
Alexander Goldberg
Jim Gordon
Jay S. Gregory #
Andrew Gribbin
Mark L. Haberman *
Jeramie D. Hammond
Geoffrey Herrmann
Robert Hicks
Marc J. Kaufman
Nathan Kessel
David M. Kilroy
Paul A. Knaplund
Will Koffel
G.P. Paul Kowal #
Bruce Kozuma #
Carl Kraenzel
Timothy Lanagan #
Ryan M. Landry
Joseph E. Landry
Maxwell Levy
Daniel Lichtenfeld
Nathan Lofton
David K. Lones *
Christopher T. Loschen
Martin F. Mahoney II
Greg Mancusi-Ungaro
Lynd Matt
Devon Morin
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Born in London, James Burton began his training at the Choir of Westminster Abbey, where he became head chorister. He was a choral scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge, and holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier. Since 2002 he has been music director of the chamber choir Schola Cantorum of Oxford.

From 2002-09 he served as choral director at the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, England, where he was music director of the Hallé Choir and founding conductor of the Hallé Youth Choir, winning the Gramophone Choral Award in 2009. He returned to Manchester in 2014, preparing the choirs for what would become another Gramophone-nominated recording-Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony-under the direction of Hallé Orchestra Music Director Sir Mark Elder. Mr. Burton's extensive choral conducting has included guest invitations with many highly regarded professional choirs including the Gabrieli Consort, Choir of the Enlightenment, the choir of Poland's acclaimed Wrocław Philharmonic, and the BBC Singers in London, with whom he appears later this season when the BBC Proms are touring to the new opera house in Dubai.  In 2017 he will appear as guest director of the National Youth Choir of Japan and the Princeton University Glee Club.  

Mr. Burton's work for the BSO includes preparing the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for this season's performances under BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons in February of J.S. Bach's monumental Mass in B Minor. During the 2016 Tanglewood season, he led the TFC's annual Friday Prelude Concert in Ozawa Hall and was guest chorus conductor for the BSO's season-ending performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, under the direction of Mr. Nelsons, who stepped in for the ailing Christoph von Dohnányi.  Mr. Burton also prepared the TFC last summer for an Andris Nelsons-led performance of Acts I and II from Verdi's Aida. In February 2016 at Symphony Hall Mr. Burton was guest chorus conductor for the TFC's performances under Charles Dutoit of Berlioz's Resurrexit and Te Deum; he also worked with Mr. Dutoit in preparing the chorus for performances of Rossini's Stabat Mater during the 2016 Tanglewood season. 

Mr. Burton has conducted orchestra concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Manchester Camerata; in early 2016 he made his conducting debut with the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico with concerts in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and he returns there later this season for performances of orchestral and choral music by Brahms. His opera conducting credits include Don Giovanni and La bohème at English National Opera, Così fan tutte at English Touring Opera, The Magic Flute at Garsington Opera, and Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica at the Prague Summer Nights Festival.  He has served on the music staff of the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Paris, English National Opera, Opera Rara, and Garsington Opera, where he was honored with the Leonard Ingrams Award in 2008. He has also conducted in London's West End and led a UK tour of Bernstein's Wonderful Town in 2012.

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