Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is one of five American orchestras commonly referred to as the “Big Five.” Each year, the distinguished musicians of the BSO delight concert goers from around the world with over 250 performances, most of which take place at its home base, Boston’s Symphony Hall – one of the world’s finest concert halls known for its outstanding acoustics. Symphony Hall is also home to the Boston Pops Orchestra, an off-shoot of the BSO, and the Handel and Haydn Society. During the summer months, the BSO also performs at the Tanglewood Music Center.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra was founded by Henry Lee Higginson in 1881 and performed its first concert in the Old Boston Music Hall under the direction of George Henschel. Experiencing the threat of road and subway construction, the Hall was eventually replaced by Symphony Hall which held a grand opening on October 15, 1900. Since that time, the BSO has made this concert hall its home and has welcomed highly regarded and talented music directors from around the world.

  • 1881-1884: George Henschel
  • 1884-1889: Wilhelm Gericke
  • 1889-1893: Arthur Nikisch
  • 1893-1898: Emil Paur
  • 1898-1906: Wilhelm Gericke
  • 1906-1908: Karl Muck
  • 1908-1912: Max Fiedler
  • 1912-1918: Karl Muck
  • 1918-1919: Henri Rabaud
  • 1919-1924: Pierre Monteux
  • 1924-1949: Serge Koussevitzky
  • 1949-1962: Charles Munch
  • 1962-1969: Erich Leinsdorf
  • 1969-1972: William Steinberg
  • 1973-2002: Seiji Ozawa
  • 2004-present: James Levine

Whether you choose to attend a concert from the celebrity series, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, or one with a specific theme, a BSO concert never disappoints.

Address/Contact Info
Boston Symphony Orchestra
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Information: (617) 266-1492
Tickets: (888) 266-1200

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