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    Symphony Hall

    301 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

    Phone: 617-266-1492   |   Email

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    Symphony Hall opened on October 15, 1900. It was the first concert hall designed with acoustical principles in mind and is regarded as one of the two or three finest halls in the world. With the exception of the wooden floors, the Hall is built of brick, steel, and plaster, with only a moderate amount of decoration.

    The first home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was the Old Boston Music Hall which was threatened in 1893 by a city...

    Symphony Hall opened on October 15, 1900. It was the first concert hall designed with acoustical principles in mind and is regarded as one of the two or three finest halls in the world. With the exception of the wooden floors, the Hall is built of brick, steel, and plaster, with only a moderate amount of decoration.

    The first home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was the Old Boston Music Hall which was threatened in 1893 by a city road-building/rapid transit project. That summer, the Orchestra's founder, Major Henry Lee Higginson, organized a corporation to finance a new and permanent home for the orchestra. Symphony Hall opened on October 15, 1900, with an inaugural gala led by music director Wilhelm Gericke. The architects, McKim, Mead & White of New York, engaged Wallace Clement Sabine, a young assistant professor of physics at Harvard, as their acoustical consultant, and Symphony Hall became the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustical principles.

    Widely regarded as one of the two or three finest concert halls in the world, the walls of the stage slope inward to help focus the sound. The side balconies are shallow so as not to trap any of the sound, and the recesses of the coffered ceiling, along with the statue-filled niches along the three sides, help to distribute the sound throughout the hall. The 16 replicas of Greek and Roman statues are related in some way to music, art, or literature. They were placed in the niches as part of an appreciation of the frequently quoted words, "Boston, the Athens of America," written by Bostonian William Tudor in the early 19th century. The Symphony Hall organ, an Aeolian Skinner designed by G. Donald Harrison and installed in 1949, is considered one of the finest concert hall organs in the world.

    A couple of interesting points for observant concert-goers: Beethoven is the only composer whose name was inscribed on one of the plaques that trim the stage and balconies; the other plaques were left empty since it was felt that only Beethoven's popularity would remain unchanged. The initials "BMH" for "Boston Music Hall", as the building was originally to have been called, appear on the stairwell banisters at the Huntington Avenue side, originally planned as the main entrance. The old Boston Music Hall was gutted only after the new building, Symphony Hall, was opened.

    It seats 2,625 people during the BSO season and 2,371 during the Pops season.



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    Parking Information:

    The Prudential Center Garage offers a discount to any patron holding a BSO or Pops ticket stub for that evening's performance if you enter the garage after 2pm. The address is 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.

    Parking is also available at the Westland Avenue Garage near Symphony Hall (35 Westland Avenue), Christian Science Center Garage (175 Huntington Avenue), and Gainsborough Garage (10 Gainsborough Street).


    Upcoming Events

    Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff featuring pianist Evgeny Kissin

    October 1 - October 3, 2015

    Mozart Requiem

    October 2 - October 4, 2015

    Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff featuring mezzo-soprano Nadezhda Serdyuk

    October 6 - October 16, 2015

    Currier, Beethoven and Brahms featuring pianist Paul Lewis

    October 8 - October 10, 2015

    David Sedaris

    October 14, 2015

    Boston Philharmonic presents Strauss & Holst

    October 22, 2015

    An Evening with Jackie Evancho - AWAKENING - Live in Concert

    October 23, 2015

    Lang Lang

    October 25, 2015

    Buena Vista Social Club

    November 1, 2015

    Boston Philharmonic Orchestra presents Glinka, Stravinsky, Debussy, & Tchaikovsky

    November 2, 2015

    Soweto Gospel Choir

    November 15, 2015

    Yo Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

    November 17, 2015

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    November 22, 2015

    Handel Messiah

    November 27 - November 29, 2015

    Orchestre National de France, Daniele Gatti, and Alexandre Tharaud

    January 24, 2016

    All Haydn

    January 29 - January 31, 2016

    Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents Beethoven & Stravinsky

    February 5, 2016

    All Beethoven

    February 26 - February 28, 2016

    Itzhak Perlman – 20th Anniversary “In the Fiddler’s House”

    March 6, 2016

    Bach St. John Passion

    March 11 - March 13, 2016

    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, music director & violin soloist

    March 20, 2016

    Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder (Co-creators of SERIALpodcast), Binge-Worthy Journalism

    March 30, 2016

    Boston Philharmonic presents Verdi Requiem Mass

    April 24, 2016

    Handel Saul

    April 29 - May 1, 2016

    Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky, Dean and Stravinsky featuring Hakan Hardenberger

    November 13 - November 18, 2017

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