History and Archives


Today the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc., presents more than 250 concerts annually. It is an ensemble that has richly fulfilled Henry Lee Higginson's vision of a great and permanent orchestra in Boston.

BSO Music Directors

From the orchestra's founding in 1881 until 1918, all six of the BSO's music directors were central Europeans recruited by Henry Lee Higginson. Higginson built the BSO upon the German musical traditions he learned to love as a student in Vienna.

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Georg Henschel, the First BSO Conductor

The premiere season of the Boston Symphony Orchestra featured twenty programs at Boston's Music Hall, presented on Saturday nights at 8PM.

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Archival Collection  

The Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives houses printed programs, press clippings, posters, photographs, administrative files, an extensive collection of radio broadcast tapes of concerts and commercial recordings.

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Acoustics - The Perfect Sound

Symphony Hall's continued popularity would come as no surprise to its architects and builders. They modeled the hall after two of the top concert halls in the world, the Leipzig Neues Gewandhaus and the old Boston Music Hall.

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