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October 22, 2006

Afternoon at Boston's Symphony Hall

Today marks the 125th year since the Boston Symphony Orchestra's first performance. To mark the occasion there was a free, family-friendly open house at Symphony Hall for the afternoon. It was a great experience.

We left our youngest with a friend and took Jo (5) and Ezra (4) who we thought would appreciate the music. By the time we had met up with the rest of our party and gone in we didn't have enough time to get on an the official tour (2-hour wait). We spent the first hour walking the halls, listening to a presentation on the Symphony Hall organ, and doing some kid activities. The kids were very interested in the instruments, the decor, the performers. Was nice that they found it interesting.

The far-and-away best part of the open house was the BSO's performance of Schumann's Symphony No. 2. We sat close to the center of the hall about 5 rows back. The seats were incredible and gave us a very nice view of James Levine and the musicians. Very hard to describe the feeling once the music started, such rich, full, live sound. I was very much captivated by the progressions of each movement and the encompassing sound of the orchestra. I don't spend a lot of time listening to classical music, so perhaps to a more trained ear it would be different, but for me it was beyond enjoyable.

I found that you can get a recording of James Levine directing Schumann's Symphony No. 2. It seems to be hard to come by but I found a used copy. It is available on iTunes, but I'd rather spend my money on a CD to get better quality sound.

The photo is Johanna sitting between her grandmother and aunt waiting for the performance to begin.

Posted by mike at October 22, 2006 10:46 PM