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The History of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Online Exhibits

An online companion to archival exhibits currently or previously featured in Boston's Symphony Hall

Located on the orchestra and first balcony levels of Symphony Hall, this season’s BSO archival exhibits focus on the legacy of Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), the BSO’s 9th conductor, and the first to hold the title of Music Director. The year 2024 marks the 150th anniversary of Koussevitzky’s birth and the 100th anniversary of his appointment as leader of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His commitment to supporting the next generation of musical artistry (both performers and composers) was profound and myriad.

Explore the Exhibits

At the start of each season, BSO Archives staff select documents, photographs, and artifacts from the Archives’ permanent collection for display in exhibit cases located throughout the orchestra and first balcony levels of Symphony Hall. The Symphony Hall Exhibit Program as it exists today was inaugurated in 2000 when the BSO celebrated Symphony Hall’s Centennial. Because Symphony Hall does not have a gallery or museum space, the decision was made to incorporate the displays into the hallways so that patrons visiting Symphony Hall would be able to discover different aspects of the BSO’s and Symphony Hall’s history as part of the concert-going experience. Each case is organized around a theme inspired by an anniversary, an artistic or programmatic emphasis, a significant event, the acquisition of a document or artifact by the Archives, or just for the fun of it!

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