As an instrumental Fellow, Miles Salerni plays timpani with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Hilary Scott/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

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Conductor Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Thursday in Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky at Carnegie Hall in New York. AJ Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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A Tale Of Two Sergeys: Boston Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

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Circa 1974: a photo of Vic Firth, the former principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a leader among percussion equipment manufacturers. Milton Feinberg/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony hide caption

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Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend

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Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall. Stephanie Berger hide caption

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The log of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's performance on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Yo-Yo Ma offered a graciously warm performance of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile for cello and strings with student musicians. Hilary Scott/courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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The Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Concert

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To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani. Sean Hagwell /Mike Tetreault hide caption

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A Musician And The Audition Of His Life

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Tanglewood At 75: Opening Night With The Boston Symphony Orchestra

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