On June 29, a group of 26 runners—fourteen Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops musicians, family members, six staff members, and a trustee—began a 150-mile relay across the state of Massachusetts from Boston to Lenox, where the BSO makes its summer home. BSO bassist Todd Seeber and BSO violinist James Cooke, both longtime runners, conceived of the Run to Tanglewood. Each leg was set to be run by one to four participants; with more than 33 legs in the race and an average run pace of 6 miles an hour, runners were expected to reach Tanglewood’s main gate in Lenox on June 30, the day before the BSO’s first rehearsal of the Tanglewood season. Just before the start of the race on June 29 at the main entrance to Symphony Hall, Keith Lockhart led a brass fanfare; he launched the run in the traditional manner by shooting a starter pistol.

Posted June 30, 2009

Photo by Michael J. Lutch