Koussevitzky Looks Back Over 14 Festival Years
The Berkshire Festival did not begin, nor will it end, with Serge Koussevitzky. But he is the Grand Seigneur of music in the hills. He has been present at the festival’s burgeoning and considers it his baby.
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Today, long before the Festival opens, long after it closes and before his Winter season begins, Koussevitzky is in residence at his mountain side home, Serenac. The spaciousness befits a man of vision. From his living room windows, Koussevitzky has one of the grandest views in all the Berkshires. Looking down the mountain he can see the Shed and the main house at Tanglewood, and beyond Lake Mahkeenac nestled in the Stockbridge Bowl, the rolling hills in the distance.
In the living room of Serenac, Koussevitzky the other day looked back over 14 years.
“When I came here,” he said, “the manager of the Curtis Hotel told me he would have to close the hotel. No more business.”
Remember, we were just beginning to pull out of the depression.
“We gave three concerts that year,” Koussevitzky went on. “When they were over the same hotel man said to me. ‘This and a little more will save us.’ The next year, with two weeks of the festival, the hotels had the business they needed.
“Now everything is different. Grounds are more expensive. Like many Berkshire County folk, Koussevitzky speaks of “land,” in the sense of real estate, as “ground.”) Every house in the village has become an inn. The season is lengthened.”
“Koussevitzky Looks Back Over 14 Festival Years,” by John Riley. Daily Boston Globe, July 15, 1950.