in 1900, Symphony Hall is one of the world’s most acoustically perfect
concert venues (it is a National Historic Landmark) and is the home of
the internationally renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. The BSO
commissions many new works, performs US and world premieres, and also
frequently welcomes sought-after guest conductors and soloists.
Concert, Symphony Hall
the gilded and marbled opulence of its muse, Versailles, the 3,600-seat
Wang ranks among the city’s most beautiful buildings. The Wang hosts
touring productions from Broadway and London’s West End as well as dance
and opera productions by local companies.
The Esplanade’s biggest attraction is this semi-enclosed concert venue. Every July 4th the Boston Pops orchestra rings in Independence Day here. Free Friday Flicks brings family faves such as The Wizard of Oz to the screen, while dance and music events occur almost nightly during summer.
617 635 4505
Boston Center for the Arts
to four resident theater companies, four stages (including Boston’s
first new theater in 75 years), and a gallery, the BCA is the
cornerstone of the South End arts scene. The artists who perform and
exhibit here present work as provocative as you might find in New York.
Located in Harvard’s splendid Memorial Hall,
this theater has hosted many luminaries over its 120 plus years. Great
performers of the past century have graced its intimate stage, including
mime artist Marcel Marceau, and Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and
Ralph Wardo Emerson were among its early audiences.
45 Quincy St, Cambridge
617 496 2222
New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
of local orchestral and choral ensembles call the NEC’s Jordan Hall
home. Built at the turn of the 20th century and renowned for its
intimacy and beautiful acoustics, the space was recently added to the
National Registry of Historic Landmarks. The New England Conservatory
presents 600 free concerts a year, and hosts ticketed events by other
Loeb Drama Center
Loeb Drama Center trains the university’s performing arts students and
houses one of New England’s best theater companies, the American
Repertory Theatre. The ART presents unorthodox stagings of Shakespeare,
work by up-and-coming playwrights, and spirited plays for children.
a party just as much as a performance at this North End favorite.
Public participation is an integral part of the Improv’s frenetically
paced productions, which usually leave the audience applauding
216 Hanover St
617 263 6887
Berklee Performance Center
the world’s largest independent music college, boasts this premier
venue. The great acoustics ensure that some of the most highly
distinguished jazz, folk, and world musicians play here.
renovation has returned this Davis Square landmark to its original,
ornate glory. When it isn’t hosting some of the country’s finest jazz,
world music, and underground rock acts, the Somerville packs audiences
in for great value, second-run movies.
55 Davis Sq, Somerville
617 625 5700