Now in its 134th season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881, and has continued to uphold the vision of its founder, the businessman, philanthropist, Civil War veteran, and amateur musician Henry Lee Higginson, for well over a century. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China; in addition, it reaches audiences numbering in the millions through its performances on radio, television, and recordings.
The BSO’S 2013-14 Season continues the orchestra’s extraordinary 132-year tradition of presenting the very best of the classical music world by spotlighting the virtuosic talents of Boston Symphony Orchestra Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.
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DOWNLOAD BUILDING MAPS & SEATING CHARTS
Get your bearings on where you are, download building maps of Symphony Hall and the Cohen Wing, as well as seating charts for Boston Symphony Orchestra performances. Building Map of Symphony Hall (PDF) Download (PDF)
View a detailed map of Symphony Hall that includes the location of the Box Office, conference rooms, restrooms, coat checks, and the Symphony Shop. Symphony Hall – Boston Symphony Orchestra – Seating Chart (PDF) Download (PDF)
View a Seating Chart diagram that illustrates the breakdown of sections for a Symphony Hall performance, not including Boston Pops performances.
THE ULTIMATE IN CONVENIENCE AND CHOICE! NOW YOU’RE FREE TO ENJOY A CAPTIVATING NIGHT AT THE Boston Symphony Orchestra WHENEVER IT’S BEST FOR YOU.
Makes a Great Gift – Give the Gift of Music!
We know you have a busy schedule and can’t always commit to a full season of concerts.
That’s why this season we’re happy to offer the Boston Symphony Orchestra Flex Pass. The Flex Pass is the ultimate in convenience and choice because it allows you to sample the best the Boston Symphony Orchestra has to offer on your schedule. Flex Pass books contain three vouchers that you can redeem any time up to the performance itself. When you decide you want to attend, just call the box office and we’ll reserve the best available seats for you in the price class you’ve selected. In addition, Flex Pass holders enjoy all the benefits of full season subscribers*, although seating is based on availability.
Here at the BSO, we know that groups are unique. Of course we offer great discounts and flexible payment plans – but that’s only the beginning!
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BSO Education Resource Center
The Education Resource Center in Boston is housed in an Ipswich Street school building shared by Fenway High School and the Boston Arts Academy. The Resource Center supplements music education initiatives in area schools by offering a media and technology center for teachers and administrators. The Center also provides the principal arts holdings for the libraries of the BAA and Fenway High School. For more information, contact email@example.com
2014 Youth Concerts:
“There’s Nothing Better Than a Good Story”- a musical look at the components of storytelling Led by Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor, Thomas Wilkins
TCHAIKOVSKY Coronation March
COPLAND Buckaroo Holiday from the ballet Rodeo
ANDERSON The Waltzing Cat
STRAVINSKY Circus Polka
WILLIAMS Flight to Neverland from Hook
RAVEL The Enchanted Garden, from Mother Goose
STRAVINSKY Berceuse & Finale from the ballet The Firebird
February 26, 2014 Wednesday, 10 AM
February 26, 2014 Wednesday, 11:50 AM (“Metro Concert”- a special, free performance intended to welcome students from the Boston Public Schools; for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
February 27, 2014 Thursday, 10 AM
February 27, 2014 Thursday, 11:50 AM
February 28, 2014 Friday, 10 AM
February 28, 2014 Friday, 11:50 AM
Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall Box Office. There is a $1.50 handling fee for each transaction.
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Tickets and Subscriptions
There are several ways to purchase tickets for BSO performances at Symphony Hall: by phone, online, in person, and by mail.
Subscribers receive benefits such as free ticket exchanges, discounts to other BSO concerts and local restaurants and hotels through the Patron Privilege Program!
Family Trips and Programs
A website just for kids!
The BSO’s Family Concert Series provides engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for children ages 3-8 and their families.
The Days in the Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near Tanglewood that provides middle school students with a high-quality arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and create art and their peers in a positive, non-judgmental environment.
Concerts for Very Young People
In partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum, the BSO will pilot a program in the 2012-2013 season that brings BSO Musicians together with young children ages 2-5 and their families for live, interactive performances intended for small groups.
School Group Field Trips
Geared toward students in grades 4-6, these concerts act as an introduction to the full orchestra experience, encouraging long-term ownership of orchestral music and the BSO, and delivering positive character development messages through each performance led by Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins.
The BSO offers six Youth Concerts per year, one of which is presented exclusively and free of charge for students in the Boston Public Schools. Germeshausen Family and Youth Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads each performance from stage, guiding the audience through The concert experience and delivering age-appropriate messages about character in conjunction with the concert program. Classroom teachers have access to information online that allows them to incorporate the concert experience and repertoire into their regular curriculum.
Thanks to the generous support of Arbella Insurance Foundation, sponsor of the BSO’s Youth and Family Concerts, a limited amount of funding has been set aside to partially subsidize the costs of bus transportation to and from Symphony Hall for schools attending 2014 BSO Youth Concerts. Please visit:www.arbella.com/BSOBus for more details and for application information.
Pre- and Post-Concert BSO Musician Demonstrations
Prior to and following each BSO Youth Concert, a limited number of instrument demonstrations led by BSO musicians will be offered to attending school groups of 100 or less individuals. The demonstrations are intended to build personal connections between participating school groups and BSO musicians, offering an opportunity for students to hear directly from a BSO musician on the day of the Youth Concert performance.
Pre-concert demonstrations will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (available for schools attending the 10:30 a.m. concerts)
Post-concert demonstrations will take place from 1:10 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. (available for schools attending the 12:00 p.m. concerts)
Please note that there is very limited space for these demonstrations – as such, requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis. Application is required for consideration. Please download an application here.
THE BSO CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS PROGRAM PROVIDES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH HIGH QUALITY MUSICAL PERFORMANCES THAT OFFER PARTICIPATING STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF BSO MUSICIANS WHO THE STUDENTS SEE ONSTAGE DURING A BSO YOUTH CONCERT AT SYMPHONY HALL.
Taking the form of ensemble performances in informal settings for small groups, the BSO Classroom Connections program creates meaningful interactive experiences for students and musicians that will cultivate students’ knowledge and relationship with orchestral music and BSO players.
A limited number of BSO Classroom Connections visits are available by competitive application to elementary school classrooms to serve as an additional resource for music specialists and general classroom teachers in their efforts to incorporate orchestral music into their schools. The BSO Classroom Connections program partners with a limited number of elementary school classrooms each season between January and May to present a free chamber ensemble performance in support of the current curriculum. Applications will be weighed against each other based on consideration of geographic equity and the fit between available ensembles and the curricular needs of applying classrooms. Performances will be offered to schools who are committed to attending the 2014 Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall, and will offer either a concert preparation or extension opportunity for schools, based on the full orchestra concert experience.
Boston Symphony Orchestra - Students (Teens & College Level)
Boston Symphony Orchestra for Students (Teens and College Level)
BSO HIGH SCHOOL CARD
The High School Card gives high school students regular access to Boston Symphony Orchestra performances at Symphony Hall. For $10, high school students can purchase a card that can be presented to the box office along with a valid school ID for a ticket to most BSO concerts throughout the season. Some blackout dates may apply.
Register your card to receive text and/or email notification of ticket availability and special offers. Check back often to see High School Card black-out dates and up-to-the-moment ticket availability. Tickets may be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis, at the BSO Box Office at Symphony Hall (301 Mass. Ave) beginning on the Monday of the week of the concert date. Tickets will not be available for pick-up after 7:30pm on the night of the concert. One ticket per concert per High School card holder will be given with a valid student I.D.
Visit the High School Card Registration Page
Click here to register for email alerts or text alerts about upcoming High School Card performances. Typically each Monday of the week, an alert notification is sent out displaying performance availability for that week. This is the best way to learn which concerts will be made available to you.
Other High School BSO Programs Available
The Boston Symphony Orchestra Teen Council is a year-long mentor and education program for high school students. The diverse youth that make up Teen Council receive arts access and training while developing useful life skills.
Each year the Boston Symphony Orchestra hosts a Concerto Competition for advanced high school instrumentalists who reside in Massachusetts. The Concerto Competition is open to 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grade instrumentalists who are at the advanced level in their musical study.
The BSO’s Master Class Series provides advanced student instrumentalists at the high school and collegiate levels an opportunity to study with a BSO musician in a one-on-one setting in front of a public audience.
In partnership with the Boston Pops office, the BSO’s Education and Community Engagement Department presents Boston Pops guest artists in educational settings, providing a direct connection to the artists featured on the Boston Pops season. These events convene and serve audiences with a broad set of backgrounds, and build deeper relationships between the community and the Boston Pops experience.
BSO COLLEGE CARD
Purchase a BSO College Card for $25 and attend available BSO concerts at no additional cost.
Register your card to receive text and/or email notification of ticket availability and special offers. Check back often to see College Card black-out dates and up-to-the-moment ticket availability. Tickets may be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis, at the BSO Box Office at Symphony Hall (301 Mass. Ave) beginning on the Monday of the week of the concert date. Tickets will not be available for pick-up after 7:30pm on the night of the concert. One ticket per concert per college card holder will be given with a valid student I.D.
Visit the College Card Registration Page
Click here to register for email alerts or text alerts about upcoming College Card performances. Typically each Monday of the week, an alert notification is sent out displaying performance availability for that week. This is the best way to learn which concerts will be made available to you.
Boston Symphony Orchestra - Teachers & Educators
Boston Symphony Orchestra for Teachers & Educators
SYMPOSIUM SERIES FOR EDUCATORS
THE SYMPOSIUM SERIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS SERVES AS A RESOURCE FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS FROM AROUND THE GREATER BOSTON AREA, OFFERING THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN INSTRUMENTAL METHODS AND TECHNIQUES FROM BSO MUSICIANS IN A FOCUSED WORKSHOP SETTING.
The Series provides two to three free opportunities each year for teachers and BSO musicians to interact directly in a learning atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism, giving BSO players the opportunity to build an informal network of support and collaboration among teachers from a wide variety of districts and backgrounds.
The Symposium Series has been designed to put music educators in direct connection with BSO musicians, allowing BSO players to “unlock the secrets” of aspects of their instruments or musical technique for their music educator attendees. Topic areas for these sessions are based on the BSO musician’s strengths and pedagogical skills sets, but may include information regarding hints and tricks of their instrument (especially instruments not often explored in-depth during music education technique classes), pedagogical practices and learnings, and perspectives from the point of view of a professional musician. Sessions are also designed with the intent of bringing music educators from various backgrounds together in a supportive and interactive setting at Symphony Hall, allowing them to connect with each other and to build their ownership of the “behind the scenes” experience of the BSO.
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The BSO’s Conducting Workshop with Thomas Wilkins serves as a resource for music educators from around the Greater Boston Area, offering the opportunity to learn conducting methods and techniques from Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins in a focused workshop setting.
The workshop provides an opportunity for educators and Maestro Wilkins to interact directly in a learning atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism, allowing the BSO to serve as a source of professional development for area educators, and seeks to build an informal network of support and collaboration among area teachers from a wide variety of districts and backgrounds.
The conducting workshop is one session offered in the larger BSO Symposium Series for Educators. The audience for this session has been expanded to invite music educators and local amateur conductors, all free of charge. The workshop has been designed to put Thomas Wilkins in direct connection with music educators and amateur conductors from the greater Boston area, allowing Maestro Wilkins to share his expertise and connect personally with this audience.
Download an application for participation here.
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