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One of the “Big Five” American orchestras (with Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia), the BSO has been the pride of the city since 1881. Best known for its great classical repertoire, the BSO also shines with contemporary works. You can plan for months to enjoy a certain composer, piece, or guest musician—or just show up and see whether rush or rehearsal tickets are available.

Performances take place on most Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings; Friday afternoons; and some Friday evenings. Check the website for information about interpretive talks and numerous other activities—including family programs—available throughout the season (Oct–Apr). If you can’t buy tickets in advance, check at the box office for returns from subscribers 2 hours before show time. Except on Saturday, a limited number of same-day rush tickets (one per person, cash only) are available. Some Wednesday evening and Thursday morning rehearsals are open to the public.