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2022-23 BSO Season

Casual Fridays

Looking for a different kind of concert experience? Meet the Casual Friday series.

Here’s what you’ll love about these performances:

  • You’ll pay one of our lowest prices for a subscription.
  • You’ll get to know a BSO musician through introductory remarks before the concert starts.
  • Programs are shorter than typical BSO performances, with no intermission.
  • Audiences seated in the Tech Section, a rear section of the floor, will enjoy Conductor-Cam seating. With strategically placed screens, patrons can see the conductor from the orchestra’s perspective.
  • You can stick around after the concert for a Casual Conversation with the musicians to learn more about their experiences and the music you heard during the concert.
  • There’s no need to wonder if your outfit is dressy enough; casual clothes are encouraged at these concerts!
  • portrait of Emanuel Ax

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts Bartók, Enescu, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky with Emanuel Ax, piano

    Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada in his BSO debut is joined by American pianist Emanuel Ax for Wolfgang Mozart’s high-spirited Piano Concerto No. 18. The familiar, yearning Romeo and Juliet Overture is one of several works Pyotr Tchaikovsky based on Shakespeare plays. Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s lurid Miraculous Mandarin Suite and the Romanian French composer George Enescu's folk music inspired Romanian Rhapsody both make exciting and colorful demands on the orchestra.

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    Oct 14, 2022 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Portrait of Baiba Skride holding her violin in front of a black background

    Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms, Mackey, and Shostakovich with Baiba Skride, violin

    Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the world premiere of a BSO-commissioned Concerto for Orchestra by Grammy-winning American composer/guitarist Steven Mackey, whose vibrant music embraces a range of influences, from Ludwig van Beethoven to modern rock. Latvian violinist Baiba Skride returns to Symphony Hall for Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2, written for the great Ukrainian violinist David Oistrakh in 1967. Johannes Brahms’ profound and majestic Fourth Symphony closes the program.

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    Jan 27, 2023 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • André Raphel portrait wearing a blue shirt and a dark jacket

    André Raphel conducts Coleridge-Taylor, Still, and Caine with the Uri Caine Trio, Barbara Walker, vocalist, and Catto Chorus

    American conductor André Raphel leads this first program in a series exploring complex social issues. The centerpiece of these concerts is Philadelphia jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine’s gospel and popular music-based The Passion of Octavius Catto, which tells of the 19th-century civil rights leader’s fight for justice. English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s charming potpourri Petite Suite de Concert dates from about 1911. In four movements, “Longing,” “Sorrow,” “Humor,” and “Aspiration,” William Grant Still’s 1930 Afro-American Symphony, his best-known work, is a bluestinged panorama of the composer’s heritage.

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    Mar 3, 2023 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

  • Seong Jin Cho sitting in front of a piano

    Andris Nelsons conducts Ravel, Shaw, and Stravinsky with Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    Acclaimed South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho returns to Symphony Hall for Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G, one of the composer’s final works, which ranges from jazzy energy to poignant lyricism. Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw’s Punctum, is a meditation on a moment from J.S. Bach. Igor Stravinsky’s 1911 ballet Petrushka, the second of his great trilogy for the Ballets Russes company, depicts the hapless living puppet title character in gloriously scored scenes from a carnival fair.

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    Apr 28, 2023 8:00pm

    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA