BSO 101 at Symphony Hall

BSO 101-a free adult education series at Symphony Hall on Five Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7PM
BSO 101: Are You Listening? returns in 2018-19, again offering the opportunity to increase your enjoyment of BSO concerts.

These five sessions with BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel (11/14 & 2/13), Associate Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger (10/17, 1/16 & 4/3), and members of the BSO are designed to enhance your listening abilities and appreciation of music.

Each session focuses on upcoming BSO repertoire, examining and illuminating aspects of musical shape and form, and of composers’ individual musical styles. Each session also includes recorded musical examples and is self-contained, so no prior musical training, or attendance at any previous session, is required.

A free tour of Symphony Hall is offered immediately following each BSO 101 session. Though admission to the BSO 101 session is free, we request that you make a reservation to secure your place online or by calling SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200.

Reserve Your Free Tickets Online Here

Group rates (20 or more people) apply; for details, please call 617-638-9345.


5:30-7pm at Symphony Hall

Wednesday, October 17: Exploring What’s New!
with Robert Kirzinger and a BSO member to be announced

An overview of unusual and new repertoire featured in the BSO’s 2018-19 subscription season, ranging from J.S. Bach’s rarely heard Christmas Oratorio to the world premiere of a newly commissioned piano concerto by BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès.

Wednesday, November 14: Orchestral Palettes I—Mahler, Beethoven, Dvořák, Harbison
with Marc Mandel and a BSO member to be announced

MAHLER Symphony No. 5 (BSO concerts of November 15, 16 & 17, 2018)
BEETHOVEN Symphonies 4 & 5 (BSO concerts of November 23, 24 & 27, 2018)
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 (BSO concerts of January 3, 4 & 5, 2019)
John HARBISON Symphony No. 2 (BSO concerts of January 10 & 12, 2019)

Wednesday, January 16: Symphonic Shifts—Haydn, Brahms, Sibelius, Copland
with Robert Kirzinger and a BSO member to be announced 

HAYDN Symphony No. 44, Trauer (BSO concerts of January 31 and February 1, 2 & 5, 2019)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 (BSO concerts of January 17, 18, 19, & 22, 2019)
SIBELIUS Symphonies 6 & 7 (BSO concerts of January 24, 25, 26 & 29, 2019)
COPLAND Symphony No. 3 (BSO concerts of February 7, 8, 9 and 12, 2019)

Wednesday, February 13: Orchestral Palettes II—Debussy, Puccini, Adès, Strauss
with Marc Mandel and a BSO member to be announced 

DEBUSSY Nocturnes (BSO concerts of February 11 & 13, 2019)
PUCCINI Suor Angelica (BSO concerts of February 11 & 13, 2019)
Thomas ADÈS Piano Concerto / world premiere; BSO commission (BSO concerts of March 7, 8 & 9, 2019)
STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra (BSO concerts of March 14, 15 & 16, 2019)

Wednesday, April 3: 20th-Century Masters—Stravinsky and Shostakovich
with Robert Kirzinger and a BSO member to be a announced

STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (BSO concerts of April 5, 6 & 9, 2019)
STRAVINSKY Petrushka (BSO concerts of May 2, 3 & 4, 2019)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 15 (BSO concerts of April 25, 26, 27 & 30, 2019)