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Tanglewood return feels like coming home for Andris Nelsons / The Berkshire Eagle

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The passionate artistic embrace between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons continues to burn on high flame, now that the conductor revered by the musicians and cheered by audiences is back on the Tanglewood grounds for his third summer. For the first of his two weeks at the orchestra's summer home, Nelsons is conducting all three Shed concerts this weekend - Friday and Saturday night with the BSO, and the Sunday matinee with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra of advanced young musicians. He returns for two more BSO concerts on Aug. 20 and 21.

"It feels like coming home," Nelsons said, barely concealing his emotions during a late-afternoon conversation on the campus Wednesday. "We feel so close, we really understand each other," the conductor said of his connection with the BSO musicians, pointing out that during rehearsals, "I don't talk too much, the contact gets more intimate with each time performing."

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