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Boston Symphony Hall

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Boston Symphony Hall

at Huntington Ave 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston MA 02115
Phone:
617-266-1492
Website:
http://www.bostonsymphonyhall.org/
Capacity:
2600

Events at this venue were rated 4.7 by 694 members.

Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, is widely considered to be one of the two or three finest concert halls in the world. It is the home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, and several other organizations hold performances there as well.

Symphony Hall was inaugurated on October 15, 1900. The Hall was modeled on the second Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig, and is relatively long, narrow, and high, in a rectangular "shoebox" shape like Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Vienna's Musikvereinssaal. It is 61 feet high, 75 feet wide, and 125 long from the lower back wall to the front of the stage. Stage walls slope inward to help focus the sound. With the exception of its wooden floors, the Hall is built of brick, steel, and plaster, with modest decoration. Side balconies are very shallow to avoid trapping or muffling sound, and the coffered ceiling and statue-filled niches along three sides help provide excellent acoustics to essentially every seat. Conductor Herbert von Karajan, in comparing it to the Musikverein, stated that "for much music, it is even better... because of the slightly lower reverberation time."

Beethoven's name is enscribed over the stage. His was the only musician's name put in Symphony Hall, as he was the only composer that the original directors could fully agree upon. The hall's leather seats are still original from 1900. The hall seats 2,625 people during Symphony season, 2,371 during the Pops season, and up to 800 for dinner.

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