Boston Symphony Orchestra

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301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, United States

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 2012-13 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 BSO Musicians along with an internationally acclaimed roster of conductors and guest soloists.

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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: 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.


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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.

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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.


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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

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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


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

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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