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BU Tanglewood Institute celebrates 50 years

Lauren Ambrose emceed the BU Tanglewood Institute’s 50th anniversary celebration.Natasha Moustache

Since the Boston University Tanglewood Institute was created in 1966, thousands of young musicians have attended the summer training program, including singer-musician Harry Connick Jr. and actress Lauren Ambrose.

On Aug. 6, Ambrose was among the many alumni who returned to Tanglewood to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the institute. The Emmy Award-nominee, best known for her roles in “Six Feet Under” and “The X-Files,” served as the emcee for the celebratory concert at Seiji Ozawa Hall attended by about 700 people.

After the concert, an ample crowd stayed for a special reception that was emceed by radio personality Ron Della Chiesa. During the soiree, it was announced that a scholarship fund will be established in the name of Phyllis Hoffman, the Boston University music professor who was the artistic and executive director of the institute for many years.


From left: Nico Muhly, Lauren Ambrose, Phyllis Hoffman, and BU College of Fine Arts Dean Lynne Allen. Natasha Moustache

During the event, BU College of Fine Arts Dean Lynne Allen presented Hoffman with a superhero cape as a token of appreciation for leading the program, as well as a signed copy of the manuscript page of “Pulses, Cycles, Clouds for Percussion Ensemble,” a piece written by composer Nico Muhly to commemorate BUTI’s 50th anniversary.