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Tanglewood Takes Flight. Pierre-Laurent Aimard connects birdsong and music / The Berkshire Eagle

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Birds don't sing for humans, Mass Audubon ornithologist Wayne Petersen told the Tanglewood audience. They sing to establish territory, attract a mate or warn of danger. That hasn't prevented human fascination with birds and birdsong at least as far back as cave drawings. Who wouldn't want to be able to sing like a thrush (some sopranos do)? Or, for that matter, soar like an eagle?                    
Composers have been swept up in the fascination. That is the premise behind the four-day "Tanglewood Takes Flight" series of piano recitals, bird walks and bird talks taking place this week at Tanglewood and Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary under their joint aegis. The series spread its wings Thursday with a 5:30 a.m. bird walk and recital at Pleasant Valley. At midday, Petersen and French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the genius behind the overall event, gave a keynote talk at Tanglewood, pointing out the connections between birdsong and music. That night, Aimard performed a keynote recital in Ozawa Hall demonstrating the point.

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