2019-20 BSO Season


"In 2019–20, my sixth season with the orchestra, the BSO and I look forward to continuing our musical journey not only with each other, but with you, our devoted audience. Whether you are a longtime subscriber or new to Symphony Hall, the sense of family and community we share together is so very meaningful to us all. The need for music in our hearts, and in our lives, feels more and more important each year." - Andris Nelsons

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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Symphony Gala | November 1, 6pm

Symphony Gala | November 1, 6pm

The 2019–20 Symphony Gala offers an extraordinary opportunity to hear a joint concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig during the season’s “Leipzig Week in Boston” celebrating the multi-dimensional alliance between these two great ensembles.

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"Leipzig Week in Boston"

October 2019 will mark the third “Leipzig Week in Boston” marking the BSO/GHO Alliance.

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Casual Fridays

Casual Fridays

Four Friday-evening concerts—one each in November, February, March, 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 postconcert 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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Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall

Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall

Founded in 1964, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players combine the talents of BSO principal players and renowned guest artists to explore the full spectrum of chamber music repertoire. The ensemble’s four-concert series takes place on Sunday afternoons at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. A highlight of the 2019–20 season will be the world premiere in April of Michael Gandolfi’s BSO-commissioned new work for voices and ensemble.

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Rush Tickets

Rush Tickets

There are a limited number of Rush Tickets for BSO subscription-series 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.

"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 7, featuring Betsy Jolas
Thursday, February 27, featuring Helen Grime
Thursday, April 2, featuring HK Gruber

Admission is free, but RSVP is suggested.

$25 dollar Tickets for Patrons under 40

$25 dollar Tickets for Patrons under 40

$25 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.

College Card

College Card

The College Card is the best way for students to experience the BSO on a regular basis. For only $30 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.

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BSO 101—A Free Adult Education Series on Selected Wednesday Evenings at Symphony Hall from 5:30-7pm

BSO 101—A Free Adult Education Series on Selected Wednesday Evenings at Symphony Hall from 5:30-7pm

BSO 101 returns in 2019–20, 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 ticket 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.