"Casual Fridays"-a young-audience initiative designed to make concerts more affordable 

[Casual Friday Ipad]

The BSO, in collaboration with MIT, will offer ConcertCue, an innovative real-time program note app during the orchestra's "Casual Fridays" program on APRIL 6. 
ConcertCue presents contextual program notes and images on concert-goers' mobile devices in real-time during the musical performance. 


Andris Nelsons, conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 4

Pre-concert remarks from the stage will be by BSO bassist James Orleans.

This performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 continues the BSO and Andris Nelson's multiseason survey of the composer's complete symphonies. Shostakovich completed this dark but powerfully majestic work in 1936, but fears of official Soviet condemnation following a scathing criticism of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsenskled him to cancel the symphony's premiere. He instead wrote the ostensibly triumphant, widely acclaimed Fifth Symphony; the Fourth was first performed only in 1961.

ConcertCue is a mobile web application that streams synchronized program notes during a live musical performance. These program notes include text, images, and other rich media, precisely timed to important events in the music itself. The goal is to help audience members better appreciate and understand the music they hear.  ConcertCue will be available in the Conductor Cam seating areas only.


[Casual Friday reception]All performances in the "Casual Fridays" series includes a free pre-concert reception for all concert-goers and an opportunity for audience members to hear directly from conductors and musicians from the Symphony Hall stage. This series also encourages both concert-goers and orchestra members to wear their favorite casual attire to Symphony Hall.

Ticket-holders are invited to attend a post-concert gathering in Higginson Hall to mingle and share their concert experiences in a relaxed setting with live music, snacks, and a cash bar.

"Casual Fridays" are among the lowest-priced performances each season, with tickets ranging from $25 to $45.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Alliance is supported by a leadership gift from the Gregory E. Bulger Foundation/Gregory Bulger & Richard Dix.