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  • 1. Boston Baroque


    Founded by conductor Martin Pearlman as "Banchetto Musicale" in 1974, Boston Baroque showcases soloists and guest musicians in precision period...Read More

  • 2. Boston Camerata


    Founded in 1954, Boston Camerata has achieved international celebrity, thanks to its passionate commitment and popular recordings. Its loyal...Read More

  • 3. Boston Cecilia


    Founded in 1876, this choral group is especially noted for period-instrument performances of Handel and Bach, and works by undersung contemporary...Read More

  • 4. Boston Chamber Music Society


    Under artistic directors Marcus Thompson and Ronald Thomas (emeritus), Boston Chamber Music Society performs the classical gamut from Mozart...Read More

  • 5. Boston Early Music Festival


    Attune your ears to the rare sounds of theorbos, sackbuts, viols, rebecs, and shawms! Join the 15,000 dyed-in-the-wool early-music devotees...Read More

  • 6. Boston Gay Men's Chorus

    South End | Music

    With an aim to "create a more tolerant society through the power of music," the Boston Gay Men's Chorus has a repertoire that ranges from holiday...Read More

  • 7. Boston Philharmonic Orchestra


    The charismatic Benjamin Zander—whose signature preconcert chats help audiences better understand the blockbuster symphonies they're about to...Read More

  • 8. Boston Pops


    Under the agile baton of Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops (largely Boston Symphony musicians) perform a bracing blend of American standards, movie...Read More

  • 9. Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Back Bay | Music

    Founded in 1881, the Boston Symphony is one of America's oldest and most venerable orchestras, just two years under the baton of dynamic Latvian...Read More

  • 10. Cambridge Society for Early Music


    This group has presented early-music performances since 1980 and deserves much credit for early music's prominence in Boston's musical scene. ...Read More

  • 11. Cantata Singers

    Back Bay | Music

    Cantata Singers perform choral music from many eras—renaissance (e.g., Claudio Monteverdi), Bach, and Mendelssohn to the present (e.g., John...Read More

  • 12. Emmanuel Music

    Back Bay | Music

    At Emmanuel Church, known as "the Bach church" since 1970, the master's cantatas are sung during Holy Eucharist services on Sunday at 10 am...Read More

  • 13. Handel & Haydn Society


    Acclaimed for performances of baroque and classical music, the Handel & Haydn Society is one of the country's oldest performing arts...Read More

  • 14. Museum of Fine Arts

    The Fenway | Concerts

    At the annual Concerts in the Courtyard series, enjoy jazz, blues, and folk concerts in the outdoor courtyard on Wednesday summer evenings....Read More

  • 15. Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra

    Jamaica Plain | Music

    One of the few self-governing ensembles playing today, Pro Arte performs under the batons of Kevin Rhodes, Gisèle Ben-Dor, and additional colleagues...Read More

  • 16. Summer in the City at Boston Harbor Hotel

    Waterfront | Film

    Each weeknight of summer, dazzling things happen at Rowes Wharf—soul-bros and sisters enjoy Motown on Tuesday, Rat-Packers salute Frankie and...Read More

  • 17. Trinity Church

    Back Bay | Music

    H.H. Richardson's 1877 neo-Romanesque masterwork is the centerpiece of Copley Square and a must-visit on any Back Bay tour. Trinity Boston Foundation...Read More

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