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Outsize instruments

By Leslie Kandell
Friday, July 20, 2012
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It’s easy to hear an unseen instrument, but Tanglewood grounds and surrounding towns are currently -- in a reversal of the expected -- sporting an orchestra of outsize musical instruments that make no sound at all.

Fifty seven-foot fiberglass sculptures have been commissioned by the Boston Symphony for Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary, and were flamboyantly decorated last winter, with faces, flowers and words, by art students in Massachusetts high schools and colleges. Seventeen are at Tanglewood, 8 at the Commons just north of Lenox, and others are spread around the state, being bought up by schools and individuals, with proceeds going to the Orchestra, which paid for supplies.

Forty have been sold so far (cost, $1,500, skinny clarinets, $750). If you’d like to own one, and its customized plaque, one would guess that now would be the time to act. Contact Sarah, smanoog@bso.org or (617) 638-9341, and online photos of the sculptures can be seen HERE. (Photos by Hilary Scott)

 
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