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The Boston Festival Orchestra leaps into its third summer season with three innovative concerts showcasing the orchestra’s vivacious spirit and stylistic versatility. Made up of Boston’s all-star local professional musicians, the BFO is dedicated to creating a one-of-a-kind experience for its audience through creative and approachable performance that welcomes newcomers and seasoned concert-goers alike. By blending familiar classics with exciting new works by the game-changing composers of today, the BFO’s Summer Stage concerts are a great destination for family, friends, and everyone in Boston’s local summer community. This season’s programs explore the concepts of movement and motion, and consider the ways that we journey together as a community.

Season 2 Programming Archives



July 16, 2023 | 3:00 PM 

Roxbury Community College's Media Arts Center

Jean Sibelius, Valse Triste

William Grant Still, Patterns

Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dances

Gabriela Lena Frank, Elegía Andina

Zoltán Kodály, Dances of Galanta

Start your summer season off on the right foot with "Stride," a dynamic program celebrating the ways we move together and the resilience of our ever-changing community. From the multicultural storytelling of Gabriela Lena Franck’s Elegía Andina to the lilting sighs of Jean Sibelius’ Valse Triste, this concert twists and turns through the world of rhythm and dance. Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances have entertained audiences for 150 years, while Zoltan Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and William Grant Still’s Patterns get a well-deserved spotlight. Showcasing the vivacious spirit and stylistic versatility of the Boston Festival Orchestra, this concert is bursting with joy, virtuosity, and passion!

Season 2 Programming Archives

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July 23, 2023 | 3:00 PM 

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Arson Fahim, World Premiere

Claude Debussy, Dances for Harp and String Orchestra - Krysten Keches, harp

Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

The Boston Festival Orchestra collaborates with two phenomenal guest artists in Promenade. BFO Principal Harpist Krysten Keches takes the spotlight in Debussy’s Dances for Harp and String Orchestra, and the BFO presents its first ever commissioned work with music by local composer, Arson Fahim, who draws from folk dance of his home country, Afghanistan. The grand finale, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, sweeps us off our feet and takes us to the timeless, picturesque landscapes of Scotland. Don’t miss out on this imaginative program, and the chance to hear a world premiere!

Season 2 Programming Archives



July 30, 2023 | 3:00 PM 

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Quinn Mason, Immerse

Igor Stravinsky, Danse Concertante

Wojciech Kilar, Orawa

Manuel de Falla, El Amor Brujo

You won’t want to miss the Boston Festival Orchestra’s Season Three finale! "Vuelta," named after a turn in the Spanish national folk dance, flamenco, showcases the Boston Festival Orchestra’s vibrant energy and enthusiasm for a wide range of classical music. From the Polish folk music in Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, to the sweeping tones of new American music by Quinn Mason, this program is bursting with festivity. Duel ballet works form the pillars of this concert, beginning with the refined dynamism of Igor Stravisnky’s Danse Concertante, and ending with an original suite of the unbridled, earthy, and magical El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla.



(Roxbury Community College)

1234 Columbus Ave.

Boston, MA 02120

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(New England Conservatory)

30 Gainsborough St.

Boston, MA 02115

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