2018-19 BSO Season


"In looking forward to our fifth season of making music together, I could not be happier about the sense of family that continues to deepen the connections between the BSO, our devoted audience, and myself. This shared musical journey is so meaningful to all of us, and so important for bringing our entire community together, including not just our devoted subscribers, but so many new concertgoers we're pleased to welcome to Symphony Hall." - Andris Nelsons

Casual Fridays

Casual Fridays

Four Friday-evening concerts-one each in November, January, February, and April-are designated "Casual Fridays" this season. You are invited to wear your favorite casual attire, and to arrive early to enjoy a free, pre-concert reception before you take your seat. This lower-priced series also features a special section for Conductor Cam seating, which allows patrons to watch the conductor from the orchestra's perspective. Then, immediately after the performance, head to the post-concert reception, where, besides enjoying live music, snacks, and a cash bar, you are invited to mingle and share what you've just experienced at the BSO concert.

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Choose Your Own Subscription

Choose Your Own Subscription

Receive subscriber benefits and attend concerts whenever you like with a "Choose Your Own" series. You may also exchange your tickets for another date if something comes up. This series option permits you to take advantage of the subscription discount, exchange privileges, and other subscriber benefits.

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Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall

Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall

In 2018-19, the Chamber Players are joined by pianist Garrick Ohlsson for music of Haydn, Poulenc, and Brahms in October, and by pianist Gilbert Kalish and soprano Amanda Forsythe for a January program celebrating composer John Harbison's 80th birthday. 

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BSO Open Rehearsals

BSO Open Rehearsals

BSO Open Rehearsals offer audience members a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between orchestra and conductor. Gain a better understanding of how the orchestra strives to refine its performance by occasionally repeating passages or focusing on a particular movement. Please note that all seats for Open Rehearsals are ticketed rather than general seating, to provide a better experience for our patrons.

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BSO Young Professionals Group

BSO Young Professionals Group

A special subscription series that includes concert tickets, exclusive receptions, and networking events for young professionals 21-45. The $180 membership includes 6 tickets to events at Symphony Hall including Boston Symphony and Holiday Pops concerts, as well as concerts at Tanglewood, plus bonus events.

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BSO 101—An Adult Education Series on Selected Wednesdays

BSO 101—An Adult Education Series on Selected Wednesdays

BSO 101 returns in 2018-19, again offering the opportunity to increase your enjoyment of BSO concerts. These free Wednesday sessions with BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and Associate Director of Program Publications Robert Kirzinger, joined by members of the BSO, are designed to enhance your listening abilities and appreciation of music by focusing on upcoming BSO repertoire. In addition, each session is followed by a free tour of Symphony Hall. Dates and more information will be provided in your Subscription Package, and at bso.org in the fall. RSVPs for the BSO 101 sessions will not be accepted until the fall. Visit bso.org for details. Group rates (20 or more people) apply; for details, please call 617-638-9345.

Rush Tickets

Rush Tickets

There are a limited number of Rush Tickets for BSO subscriptionseries concerts on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and Friday afternoons. Tickets are $10 each, cash only, one to a customer, and can be purchased at the BSO Box Office on Massachusetts Avenue on Fridays beginning at 10am, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5pm. Please note: Rush Tickets are not available on Friday evenings and Saturday evenings.

This program is made possible through the Richard and Claire Morse Rush Ticket Fund.

College Card

College Card

The College Card is the best way for students to experience the BSO on a regular basis. For only $25 students can attend most BSO concerts at no additional cost! After purchase, simply register the card online to receive text and/or email notification of real-time ticket availability and special offers. Check bso.org for more information or call 888-266-1200 to purchase.

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$20 Tickets for Patrons Under 40

$20 Tickets for Patrons Under 40

$20 tickets are available during the BSO season for patrons under 40 years of age. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on both the orchestra and balcony levels. There is a limit of one pair of tickets per performance. Black-out dates may apply.

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What I Hear—Concerts and Conversations with Composers at New England Conservatory

What I Hear—Concerts and Conversations with Composers at New England Conservatory

A collaboration between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory, "What I Hear" is a series of free hour-long events meant to introduce audiences to composers working with the BSO. These composer-curated chamber music programs feature performances by NEC students and include conversations between the composers and BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Eric Valliere. 

All events take place at 6pm at New England Conservatory's Williams Hall: 
Thursday, November 8, featuring Andris Dzen tis 
Thursday, January 24, featuring Kaija Saariaho 
Thursday, May 2, featuring Sebastian Currier 

Admission is free, but RSVP is suggested. Visit bso.org for more details.