The Boston Symphony Orchestra is a true city institution. As the second-oldest of America's “Big Five” orchestras, it has been bringing inspiring performances of great music to Bostonians since 1881. Right now, though, it's doing things a bit differently. You can get your classical fix during these strange times by bringing the BSO into your NEMA Boston apartment. And don't worry — you won't have to squeeze a string section into the living room.
A Classic Evening at Home
Each Saturday at 8 p.m., WCRB — Boston’s listener-supported classical station — is broadcasting the BSO live from Symphony Hall. Ron Della Chiesa hosts the shows, featuring the likes of Pinchas Zukerman conducting Richard Strauss' Serenade for Winds, a spot of Icelandic modernism courtesy of Anna Thorvaldsdottir's "Metacosmos," a side serving of Jean Sibelius and Sergei Prokofiev, and much more. Select the best seat in your living room, pour yourself a wine, close your eyes, and imagine you're in the plushest Symphony Hall seat, facing its grand gilded stage, and surrounded by its Greek and Roman statues.
Tune In Throughout the Week
But you needn't wait for the weekend to hear this great orchestra. BSO at Home has a library brimming with live recordings from Symphony Hall, curated by BSO artistic administrator Anthony Fogg. Take your morning shower to Shostakovich, brew coffee to Brahms, check your emails to Copland, and spend your lunch break with Leonard Bernstein, all from the comfort of your Boston Seaport apartment. The website also has a collection of videos featuring great performances from BSO's star talent. More wonderful music can be found on the Boston Pops site, where you can treat your ears to recordings from 2020's Pops, featuring film themes from "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Towering Inferno," plus, patriotic staples like "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land." Stirring stuff.
Explore BSO More
If you're really missing the BSO, take the time to get to know the team better. A series of quick-fire videos introduces you to players, staff, friends of the orchestra, and even conductors. Learn everything from their favorite tour memories to what's playing on their stereos right now. And remember, if you really want to help out the BSO during these tough times, they are currently accepting online donations to ensure they're in top fighting form for their return.
Take some time for yourself, and enjoy a quiet moment during your day to sit back, relax and appreciate the sounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra right from your NEMA Boston luxury apartment.