Introducing BSO Now

Newly recorded hour-long video performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BSO musicians in chamber music Along with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more.

Each video will launch on select Thursdays at noon, November 19 through April 29 and will be available for viewing for 30 days after each initial release date.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra video performances, Music in Changing Times, recorded at Symphony Hall, will be the first of 15 new BSO videos launched on November 19.

Holiday Pops online offerings—under the direction of Keith Lockhart—featuring favorite seasonal classics newly recorded from two iconic Boston venues—Fenway Park and Symphony Hall; Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir to join the Holiday Pops online festivities with virtual performances to piano accompaniment, released on December 10.

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Information on Complimentary Access:
BSO Subscribers, Corporate Partners, and current BSO, Pops, and Tanglewood donors of $100 or more will receive complimentary access to these programs. Online College Card holders will have access to the BSO programs (the Holiday Pops performance can be purchased separately). Access will be automatic after logging into the streaming portal here and no additional donation is required. If you are a current or past subscriber with questions about your BSO NOW access, please contact Customer Service at or 617-266-1200. If you are a donor and have questions about your programming access, please contact the Friends of the BSO at

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An overview of the programming can be found below:

BSONowMusic in Changing Times: American Promise

Thursday, November 19, at Noon: Ken-David Masur leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, New World, and Ives’s The Unanswered Question; BSO musicians to be featured in chamber music performance of Florence Price’s String Quartet in G.

Thursday, November 26, at noon: Thomas Wilkins leads the BSO in Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst; William Grant Still’s Out of the Silence, and Duke Ellington’s New World A-Comin’, both featuring piano soloist Aaron Diehl; Ellington’s Come Sunday, with Charlotte Blake Alston as narrator, and the fourth movement from Still’s Symphony No. 4; BSO musicians to be featured in chamber music performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina.

Thursday, December 3, at noon: Marcelo Lehninger leads Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring on a program with Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings; BSO musicians to be featured in chamber music performances.

Please note: Each of the BSO’s Music in Changing Times online video programs will include magazine-style segment with musicians, composers, and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program.

American Promise - Full Schedule

Holiday PopsBoston Pops 2020 Holiday Celebration Concert 

Thursday, December 10 at noon: Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Orchestra in the online Holiday Pops program including the Pops’ classic “Sleigh Ride,” a Stan Kenton arrangement of “Good King Wenceslas” for brass and rhythm section, a Christmastime medley of seasonal favorites, “Home for the Holidays,” with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joining virtually, and local celebrity narrators reciting stanzas from “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”).

Special highlights particularly for young audiences include “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” accompanied by a film by FableVision, “We Need a Little Christmas,” a “Christmas is for Children” Sing-Along, and “Christmas Time is Here,” featuring a special virtual performance by the Boston Symphony Children's Choir; sensory supports will be available for families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities.

Portions of this Holiday Pops program were filmed at Fenway Park, where team mascot Wally participated in the recording festivities.

Please note: The BSO’s streaming video platform will allow viewers to tailor their experience by advancing to or repeating the musical selections of their choosing, including those created especially for younger children.

Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.: The annual corporate fundraiser, A Company Christmas at Pops begins with a virtual pre-concert VIP Reception for lead sponsors and a simultaneous virtual children’s program, followed by the musical program, Home for the Holidays, and an exclusive live conversation with Keith Lockhart. 

Throughout the holiday season: Keith Lockhart and the brass players of the Pops Orchestra perform a 30-minute video concert, featuring Keith Lockhart narrating “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”), to be distributed to Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, as well as other hospitals in the greater Boston area, through their closed-circuit TV networks.

Boston Pops 2020 Holiday Celebration - Full Details

The Boston Symphony Orchestra extends our warmest gratitude to members of the MAESTRO CIRCLE and HIGGINSON SOCIETY for providing vital Annual Support. Thank you for helping to keep the music playing!