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Review: ‘Gatsby,’ Bernstein make for memorable Tanglewood weekend

The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music perform John Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" at Tanglewood on Thursday evening. Ryan Turner, artistic director and conductor, led the performance, featuring Gordon Gietz as Jay Gatsby. (Hilary Scott photo)
The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music perform John Harbison's "The Great Gatsby" at Tanglewood on Thursday evening. Ryan Turner, artistic director and conductor, led the performance, featuring Gordon Gietz as Jay Gatsby. (Hilary Scott photo)
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This past weekend will be remembered as a highlight of the Tanglewood season. It featured a concert version of “The Great Gatsby,” an opera by John Harbison, and the 1961 film “West Side Story,” with Leonard Bernstein’s score played live by the full orchestra. Both are for singers (even if dubbed), and neither was in its originally conceived form. As the Boston Symphony Orchestra awaits Andris Nelsons, its music director-designate, Harbison, who turns 75 this ...


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