Symphony Hall
Symphony Hall
4.5

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The area
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Neighbourhood: Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.
How to get there
  • Symphony • 1 min walk
  • Northeastern University • 6 min walk
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Susan C
Santa Clarita, CA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Saw the Boston Pops - beautiful hall, fun night, great show. Surprisingly thought the sound was just OK but we’re a bit spoiled with the LA Phil and Disney Concert Hall. A fun night!
Written 4 June 2024
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zandeerae
Belfast, ME31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is the best hall in the world for symphonic concerts.

I've been to many. This one gives you honest sound.
I prefer seats in the second balcony. I've sat all over the hall, many hundreds of times
Written 24 May 2024
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J N
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This review is based on the table set up experience for a concert. The concert , conductor , musicians were absolutely amazing!!! the venue has perfect acoustics indeed, but be forewarned of the accommodations and seating configuration for concerts that have all tables on the main orchestra floor.
We are still shaking our heads in disbelief over our experience. They seriously cram people in at the tables to the point of everyone on top of everyone -pushing- grumbling- no room for anyone- unreal. They offer table service and advertise it like crazy and get you excited for a fun swanky elegant evening out - ordering food and beverages to your seat. It's a disaster to even attempt to get the food and drink. The servers are trying to do their job and have to squeeze past you to get to the customers, who are unboxing the food - opening bags of chips, crunching chips, slurping food out of containers and more grumbling and pushing - it went on ALL AROUND - the entire venue. Keith Lockhart was amazing from what I could hear beyond chip crunching and servers literally blocking my view and constantly interrupting my experience while delivering the food to folks around me. I ordered food in the beginning and then threw it in the trash once I realized how incredibly foolish this is. what philistines run this establishment? - seriously!! shame shame on you people who run the Symphony hall concerts- Keith Lockhart and kettle chips in noisy bags don't belong in the same room!!- people crammed in like sardines on junk chairs.
Written 13 May 2024
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Kendana
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Scheduled a tour today. Waited outside in cold for 40 minutes. No one contacted us..security was nice but couldn’t find guide.
Don’t bother…very unprofessional.
Written 6 January 2024
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
There seems to be general agreement that the three best-sounding concert halls in the world are Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein and Boston's Symphony Hall. I attended the first of several concerts in the Concertgebouw back in 1961 and in the Musikverein in 1978.In spite of visiting Boston several times in the 1990s and 2000s, I never made it to Symphony Hall. We went to an open rehearsal this morning and, yes, the acoustics are magnificent. The hall is also very attractive in a late 19th-century way.
Written 13 April 2023
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Barbara Miller
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The music was familiar, the orchestra members did a top quality job of bringing life old favorite music and
the choral group was fantastic. The audience was in high spirits. Everyone was all dressed for the holidays and the numerous children were excited and happy to be there. There are reception rooms for a preconcert meet and greet and generally the experience was tradition and color and music from which to make memories.
Written 14 April 2020
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jeffrey k
Needham, MA546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
even if you have attended orchestral music concerts in the past elsewhere, if you are in Boston and have the opportunity, do attend a performance at Symphony Hall. This has some of the best acoustics in the world, and it remains a comfortable and special place to hear music.
Written 4 January 2020
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lfortin16
Leominster, MA172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I brought my Dad to see the Pops Christmas concert. It was wonderful!
The seating in the orchestra section should have been a little more spread out.
There were no aisles between the tables and getting to the seats was difficult.
Written 2 January 2020
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Kgreene2013
York, ME378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
I booked tickets online around thanksgiving and I was pleased regarding ticket prices and availability for the night we selected. We hadn’t been in years and were not disappointed. Symphony Hall was decked out in Holiday decorations and staff were very friendly and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Keith Lockhart was amazing, as well as the whole Boston Pops orchestra and the Tanglewood Chorus. We were totally entertained for a good 2 hours. Definitely put us in the Christmas spirit! We hope to make it an annual event.
Written 11 December 2019
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Vincent D
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I went to hear Mahler and Greig and neither disappointed. The hall is beautiful and the acoustics seem to be very good. i sat in two different seats, one on the balcony and one in the stalls (for the introductory talk) and the sightlines were excellent for both.
it was a great way of spending a morning. we did book several weeks in advance.
Written 23 November 2019
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