Wine and song: Boston Symphony back outdoors at Tanglewood

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — One of New England's most chilled-out rites of summer — a series of outdoor concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra — is about to kick off.

The orchestra is debuting its 2016 season at Tanglewood, a leafy venue nestled in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Things get going on Friday with violinist Joshua Bell, conducted by Canadian maestro Jacques Lacombe. They wrap up on Labor Day weekend with a "Dancing Under the Stars" event by the Boston Pops.

Highlights this summer will include an appearance by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, a baritone with a passion for American classics from the 1940s and '50s. And John Williams will conduct renditions of the theme songs he wrote for the "Jaws," ''Star Wars," ''Indiana Jones" and "Harry Potter" movies.