The Boston Symphony Orchestra will provide iPads during new ‘casual’ series

It’s a diffrent kind of “Casual Friday.’’

The Boston Symphony is trying something new in 2016 – something a bit techier. In an effort to give patrons a more hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience, Symphony Hall will host “Casual Fridays,’’ complete with a technology-centric viewing experience.

110 iPads will be provided by the BSO to ticket holders seated in designated sections. According to a release, “The BSO-provided iPads will feature digital content exclusive and relevant to that evening’s performance, including video interviews with the featured soloists; video podcasts focused on biographical information about the composers; scores of the pieces being performed; and videos explaining the evening’s musical works.’’

In addition, video screens set up around Symphony Hall will provide a live feed of the conductor, shot from the perspective of the orchestra.


For these events, concert-goers are welcome to wear more casual attire, and ticket prices will be significantly reduced.

The first Casual Friday will take place this Friday, January 15, and will feature BSO bass trombonist James Markey, who will speak to the audience from the stage. To purchase tickets and learn more about Casual Fridays, visit the Boston Symphony Orchestra website.

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