The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community series welcomes Renee Rotta, the Tanglewood marketing coordinator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and guide extraordinaire Gabriel Kosakoff.
In advance of the summer season, they will talk about the music festival’s history and upcoming concerts. Rotta will provide an overview of the 2016 Tanglewood season, and also screen a history of Tanglewood with rare footage from its celebratory 75th Anniversary season. Little known facts about Tanglewood’s famed history, including Music Director Serge Koussevitzky’s Jewish roots will be presented. Kosakoff has an encyclopedic knowledge
of Tanglewood history, and will be bringing some rare memorabilia to share. Listen to exquisite music, and be
entertained and enlightened by Tanglewood, the beloved Berkshire musical treasure, in our own backyard! There will
also be an opportunity to win free tickets for a BSO concert!
Renee Rotta is currently the Tanglewood marketing coordinator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Formerly the
assistant director of Education for the New York City Opera, Renee will be celebrating her 45th season in the Berkshires. Previously a longtime Tanglewood volunteer, she is a graduate of New York City’s prestigious High School of Music and Art, and received advanced music degrees from New York University, The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and the Manhattan School of Music. As a soprano, Renee has performed the entire repertoire of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with the Light Opera of Manhattan. Her passion is introducing people to classical music.
Gabriel Kosakoff has been leading tours of Tanglewood for the past 18 summers. He was the editor of the Guide’s
Guide to Tanglewood, and has served as a board member of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers.
He was on the faculty of New York’s renowned the High School of Performing Arts for 35 years.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.