Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Boston Symphony Orchestra
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301 Massachusetts Ave.

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Ticket prices vary by performance and seat
Hours vary by performance

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Even if you're not a classical music aficionado, you can't miss attending one of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's world-renowned performances at Symphony Hall. The BSO began performing in 1881; today, the symphony plays more than 250 shows a year that include everything from Mozart-inspired family shows to traditional concerts and Boston Pops – a lively performance filled with singing and comedy acts from various entertainers. The BSO performs at Symphony Hall from September through May, then heads to Tanglewood (in western Massachusetts) from mid-June to early September. 

Recent spectators not only praised the world-class talent, but also noted the impressive acoustics of Symphony Hall as a main selling point for attending future concerts. If you can't score tickets to an orchestra performance, consider taking a free tour of Symphony Hall. Tours, which are offered in the fall, winter and spring, provide information about the property, as well as insight into the orchestra's musicians and conductors. 

You'll find Symphony Hall in the southern edge of Boston's Back Bay area near the Northeastern University campus. Four subway stations – Symphony, Massachusetts Avenue, Hynes Convention Center and Prudential – are located within walking distance of the property. No on-site parking is available, so plan on using public transportation or hailing a taxi to get to the venue. In addition to the concert hall, the property offers restrooms, a cafe, several bars and a gift shop. To buy orchestra tickets, order on the orchestra website, in person or by phone. Ticket prices vary depending on the performance and seat category. A limited number of BSO Rush Tickets for select performances are offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office. You must pay in cash when purchasing rush tickets. Also, keep in mind that children 4 and younger are not permitted during orchestra events and dress codes apply for performances and opening night shows.

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