The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the five major American symphony orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five". Founded in 1881, the BSO plays most of its concerts at Boston's Symphony Hall and in the summer performs at Tanglewood.

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  • Elgar Violin Concerto in b
    Joseph Silverstein performs the Elgar Violin Concerto in b at Symphony Hall with the BSO, Sir Colin Davis conducting October 24, 1972 Courtesy WGBH and BSO
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  • Video Podcast: Mahler Symphony No. 4
    Soprano Kristine Opolais returns to Symphony Hall as soloist in Mahler's mellifluous Symphony No. 4, a musical journey from earth to heaven that is also the last of Mahler's symphonies to use words from the folk poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Youth's Magic Horn). Performed at Symphony Hall: May 4-6, 2017 with Andris Nelsons conducting. Video produced by Anthony Princiotti.
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  • Shostakovich's 6th Symphony Video Podcast
    Produced by Anthony Princiotti. Continuing Andris Nelsons' and the BSO's traversal of the complete Shostakovich symphonies is the composer's Symphony No. 6, composed on the eve of World War II and following on the unmitigated success of his Symphony No. 5. Although overshadowed by the Fifth and Seventh (Leningrad), the Sixth is unmistakably Shostakovich in its sardonic humor and melancholy slow mo...
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Mozart Requiem
    Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in an all-Mozart program featuring four acclaimed vocalists in Mozart's transformative Requiem, which he began in response to a mysterious commission April 20-22. http://ow.ly/YrZB30aXeke
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Bruckner's 6th Symphony
    Bruckner's seldom heard Symphony No. 6, written between 1879 and 1881, was the work he considered his boldest, though only the second and third movements were performed during his lifetime. Gustav Mahler led all four movements-but with cuts-in 1899, in Vienna; the first complete, uncut performance was given in 1901, in Stuttgart. Energetic, lyrical, and expansive, the Symphony No. 6 is a uniquely ...
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  • BSO Video Podcast: LALO - Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra
    French conductor Alain Altinoglu, making his BSO debut, leads this all-French program and is joined by his countryman, the violinist Renaud Capuçon, for Édouard Lalo's Symphonie espagnole, written for the great Spanish virtuoso Sarasate in 1874 and a brilliant concerto in all but name. For tickets visit, www.bso.org
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Beethoven 6th Symphony "Pastoral"
    March 23-25, French conductor François-Xavier Roth leads the BSO in a program that includes Beethoven 6th Symphony "Pastoral". It is Beethoven's only explicitly programmatic symphony, a fundamentally cheerful work illustrating a sojourn in the countryside. Learn more with this video podcast.
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Beethoven Seventh Symphony
    On March 16-21, 2017, BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads the BSO in Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, which premiered at the end of 1813. It has been an audience favorite ever since. Wagner called it "the apotheosis of the dance"; its entrancing second-movement Allegretto, one of the most familiar movements in Beethoven's symphonies, was encored in its first performances.
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  • BSO Video Podcast: Busoni's Piano Concerto
    Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo and Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein return to Symphony Hall on March 10 and 11, 2017, joining the BSO and the men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the visionary Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni's monumental Piano Concerto, a fascinating but rarely heard work of Mahlerian scope dating from the first years of the 20th century. These are the first BSO performances...
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  • BSO Video Podcast Shostakovich's Symphony No 7 "Leningrad"
    Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony, Leningrad, as a tribute to the peoples' fortitude in the face of the German Army's long and destructive siege of that city during World War II. Serge Koussevitzky led the first U.S. concert performances of the piece with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in August 1942, following the NBC Symphony's radio broadcast premiere under Toscanini the previous m...
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  • An Interview with Composer Eric Nathan
    With these concerts through November 12, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons opens a two-week Brahms mini-festival traversing all four of the composer's symphonies and his two piano concertos. In addition, these concerts feature the world premieres of two brief, complementary works commissioned for the occasion from the young American composers Eric Nathan and Timo Andres. Nathan's piece begins the ...
  • Artistic Administrator Anthony Fogg gives an overview of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier"
    Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg gives an overview of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier". Performed at Symphony Hall September 29 and October 1. Continuing their series of Richard Strauss operas in concert Andris Nelsons and the BSO open their 2016-17 subscription season with Strauss' genteel, elegant, and touching "Der Rosenkavalier", the second (following "Elektra") in...
  • Andris Nelsons on Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier"
    Continuing their series of Richard Strauss operas in concert, which has so far brought star-studded performances of Salome in March 2014 and Elektra in October 2015, Andris Nelsons and the BSO open their 2016-17 subscription season with the composer's far more genteel, elegant, and touching Der Rosenkavalier, the second (following Elektra) in Strauss's own series of remarkable collaborations with ...
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 Opening Night at Symphony
    On September 24, 2016 Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich and Prokofiev featuring pianist Lang Lang. For this all-Russian program, superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO as soloist in Sergei Prokofiev's brilliant, witty Piano Concerto No. 3. The composer himself was soloist in the premiere in front of an unenthusiastic Chicago audience in 1921, but in short order th...
  • New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off Episode 5
    The fifth episode of “New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off” follows the BSO musicians in their final week at Tanglewood as they rehearse Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the final concert of the season, while also getting ready for their first European tour with BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.
  • New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off Episode 4
    In the fourth episode of “New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off,” BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur takes the podium as he leads the BSO in a concert featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Cathy Basrak and Tim Genis describe what it’s like to play the viola and timpani, respectively, while cellist Owen Young talks about his love of teaching. The episode also showcases the excitement surrou...
  • New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off Episode 3
    The third episode of “New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off” focuses on bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen and trumpeter Michael Martin. Ms. Nelsen describes growing up with a musical family while living on a farm in Alberta, how she started playing the bassoon, and her love for performing in kids’ concerts at Tanglewood. This episode also shows Michael Martin preparing for Tanglewood’s first ever Br...
  • New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off Episode 2
    In the second episode of “New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off,” BSO musicians describe what it’s like to perform and work with bassoonist Suzanne Nelsen, cellist Owen Young, violist Cathy Basrak, timpanist Tim Genis, and trumpeter Michael Martin. BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur talks about his musical training and his upbringing in a musical family, and the episode also gives a gli...
  • Casual Fridays
    Join us for an interactive experience at Casual Fridays! Tickets range between $25 to $45, include a complimentary pre-concert reception at 7pm, and patrons are invited to wear their favorite casual attire. This concert also includes the use of tablets in a designated section in the rear of the orchestra floor where you can view customized content designed to enhance the concert experience, includ...
  • New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off Episode 1
    The first episode of New Tanglewood Tales: Life On Stage and Off introduces viewers to the five BSO musicians and Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur, with a special emphasis on BSO cellist Owen Young, who talks about his early experiences at Tanglewood as a Boston University Tanglewood Institute student when he was in high school; violist Cathy Basrak, who works with Tanglewood Music Center stude...
  • Ken-David Masur conducts an excerpt from Korean composer Unsuk Chin's "Mannequin"
    Video taken from the November 5, 8pm Boston Symphony Performance in Symphony Hall. BSO Assistant Conductor Ken-David Masur leads the second BSO co-commission of the season, Korean composer Unsuk Chin's Mannequin in its American premiere. Mannequin was inspired by a short story by the great 19th-century German music critic and fantasist E.T.A. Hoffmann. Opening the program is Franz Lizst's dark an...
  • Ken-David Masur From the 2014-2015 Season
    Ken-David Masur conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the 2014-2015 BSO season.

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