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2024 Summer Stage

Alyssa Wang, conductor

Affordable. Accessible. Music designed for you!

What does accessible mean to BFO? It means we have pay-what-you-can ticket prices that cater to your financial needs. It means our concerts are interactive, educational, and designed for modern audiences. It means you can show up just as you are! Our concerts welcome everyone, so be a part of our growing community and experience live orchestra like you never have before!

 

The Boston Festival Orchestra's highly anticipated fourth Summer Stage season promises an enchanting journey into the realms of fantasy, storytelling, and boundless imagination. Join us for two spellbinding concerts in the historic Jordan Hall, featuring some of the most imaginative orchestral masterpieces in the repertoire. This extraordinary season will transport you to worlds beyond!

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Scheherazade
A Celebration of Chinese Arts & Culture

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July 28, 2024 @ 3:00pm

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New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

SUNDAY

28

JULY

$50 - Premium (Reserve Your Own Seat)
$30 - General Admission (First Come, First Serve)
$10 - Student (Optional Reserve Your Own Seat)

Join the Boston Festival Orchestra for an unforgettable Summer Stage grand finale. This enchanting afternoon of storytelling begins with the BFO's own pianist, Ruoting Li, as soloist, bringing to life Qigang Chen’s Franco-Chinese masterpiece Er Huang. The orchestra then takes center stage to perform Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, a four-movement adventure inspired by the Arabian Nights tale of a woman who cleverly saves her own life by spinning fantastical stories for the Sultan over 1000 nights. You won’t want to miss the breathtaking conclusion of the BFO’s fourth season!

PROGRAM

Qigang Chen, Er Huang - Ruoting Li, piano


Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade

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Firebird

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July 14, 2024 @ 3:00pm

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New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

SUNDAY

14

JULY

$50 - Premium (Reserve Your Own Seat)
$30 - General Admission (First Come, First Serve)
$10 - Student (Optional Reserve Your Own Seat)

Immerse yourself in a fantastical musical journey at the Boston Festival Orchestra's first concert of the summer, "Firebird." This imaginative program unfolds with Rossini's humorous overture from the opera Semiramide. The orchestra then delves into the contemporary with Missy Mizzoli's electric Orpheus Undone, a modern interpretation of the tragic tale of Orpheus and his lover Eurydice. The grand finale is Stravinsky's beloved ballet, The Firebird, whose astonishing orchestral effects bring to life the mystical folkloric tale of Prince Ivan and the magical creature that saves him.

PROGRAM

Rossini, Overture to Semiramide

Missy Mazzoli, Orpheus Undone

Igor Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite (1945)

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New England Conservatory's Summer Orchestra Institute
The Planets

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July 20, 2024 @ 2:00pm

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New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

SATURDAY

20

JULY

$50 - Premium (Reserve Your Own Seat)
$30 - General Admission (First Come, First Serve)
$10 - Student (Optional Reserve Your Own Seat)

New England Conservatory collaborates with the Boston Festival Orchestra to present an epic concert featuring the students of the Summer Orchestra Institute. Occurring just one day before the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this free educational concert explores the mystery and endlessness of space. The program, aptly named The Planets, showcases Gustav Holst's cosmic masterpiece alongside Kaija Saariaho's companion piece, Asteroid 4179: Toutatis

PROGRAM

Kaija Saariaho, Asteroid 4179: Toutatis

Gustav Holst, The Planets

Venue Information

JORDAN HALL

New England Conservatory

30 Gainsborough St.
Boston, MA 02115

Card to Culture

We are proud to participate in Mass Cultural Council's Card to Culture program in collaboration with the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Department of Public Health's WIC Nutrition Program, the Massachusetts Health Connector, and hundreds of organizations by making cultural programming accessible to those for whom cost is a participation barrier.

 

Community members participating in the EBT, WIC, or ConnectorCare programs can enjoy BFO events free of charge. Through the BFO's pay-what-you-can ticket model, patrons have the option to choose the price that's right for them, including the option to attend for free!

See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBTWIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.

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