Video: Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to Symphony Hall after seven months apart

The musicians are socially distant and masked up, but they sound as good as ever.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra returned to Symphony Hall for a recorded performance Wednesday.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra returned to Symphony Hall for a recorded performance Wednesday. –Aram Boghosian

The Boston Symphony Orchestra returned to Symphony Hall Wednesday, marking the first time the ensemble has played together in person since March.

Spread out and masked up—except for the brass and the woodwinds, for obvious reasons—the orchestra performed the first of several recorded performances debuting online next month. Here’s a preview of their rendition of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, known as the New World Symphony:

It’s an unusual setup for unusual times, but the orchestra sounds as bold and spirited as ever. Even without an audience (live performances are canceled through the spring), the splendor and acoustics of a world-class concert hall lend the performance a bit more gravitas than dens and living rooms turned ad-hoc studios.

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The recording is part of a new online video series called BSONOW, which will feature hour-long performances for donors and subscribers. The videos will also feature behind-the-scenes segments with conductors, composers, and musicians. The first episode premieres on Nov. 19, with updates on select Thursdays through April.

The beloved Boston Pops holiday concert will also return—virtually—in December. Part of the Holiday Pops program was filmed last week at Fenway Park; here’s a clip of Keith Lockhart conducting a jazzy and festive medley in front of the Green Monster.

Dedicated patrons of classical music can access the full BSONOW series of 15 episodes for a donation of $100, with the Holiday Pops concert also available separately for $30. It’s free of charge if you’re already a subscriber to the orchestra.

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