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Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver, Conductor

Organized in the spring of 1970, when founding conductor John Oliver became director of vocal and choral activities at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus marked its 25th anniversary in April 1995. In December 1994, in its first performances overseas, the chorus joined Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for tour performances in Hong Kong and Japan. In February 1998, singing from the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus represented the United States when Seiji Ozawa conducted the Winter Olympics Orchestra with six choruses on five continents, all linked by satellite, in the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to close the Opening Ceremonies of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Co-sponsored by the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University and made up of members who donate their services, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus is now the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has collaborated with Seiji Ozawa and the BSO on numerous recordings and may also be heard on two Christmas albums with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra--Joy to the World, on Sony Classical and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, on Philips--and the recent RCA Victor album Holiday Pops with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In addition to his work with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver was for many years conductor of the MIT Chamber Chorus and MIT Concert Choir, and a senior lecturer in music at MIT. Mr. Oliver founded the John Oliver Chorale in 1977.

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