Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates re-opening of Symphony Hall with free concert

This will be the BSO's first live performance in front of a Symphony Hall audience since March 2020.

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Nagoya. The BSO will be performing for a live audience at Symphony Hall for the first time since March 2020. BSO Press Office

After an 18-month closing, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced they will be celebrating the re-opening of Symphony Hall with a free concert on the week of the group’s seasonal debut.

The concert — entitled “Concert For Our City: Reunited At Symphony Hall” — will start at 3p.m. on Oct. 3. The concert will open the BSO’s opening week and will also feature the Boston Pops.

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BSO conductors Andris Nelsons, Thomas Wilkins, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart will be directing the concert and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will also being soloing.

Nelsons will be conducting Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, which the BSO reports was the first piece the group ever performed in 1881. The concert will also feature Bartók’s Fifth Movement and pieces from William Grant Still’s Wood Notes.


“It is our hope that this special free performance will provide some much-needed joy and inspiration as we celebrate the reopening of Symphony Hall and share that beautiful space again with our Boston community,” said BSO President and CEO Gail Samuel.

Complimentary general admission tickets will be available on the BSO’s website or can be reserved by calling Symphony Charge at 617-266-1200. Ticket reservations will start on Sept. 27 at noon.

The orchestra reported that most of the concert will also be streaming on BSO NOW from Oct. 14 to Nov.13.

“For all of us at the BSO, we can’t imagine a better counter to the pandemic than welcoming concertgoers back to live performances at Symphony Hall,” Samuel said.

Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the BSO. BSO Press Office

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John Williams will be one of the featured conductors at the re-opening concert. BSO Press Office

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Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. BSO Press Office

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Conductor Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra. BSO Press Office

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Anne-Sophie Mutter will be performing as a soloist at the Symphony Hall concert. BSO Press Office

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The BSO has been closed since March 2020, when the group cancelled their in-person performances due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the orchestra has moved to virtual performances.

The BSO’s 2021-2022 season begins on Sept. 30. It will be the first time since the start of the pandemic the group has performed at Symphony Hall in front of a live audience.

In June, the group announced they would be reopening for this year’s season.

Concertgoers will have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative PCR test within 72 hours, or an antigen test within 24 hours at the door of Symphony Hall. The BSO will also require all attendees to wear masks when not eating or drinking.


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