Fodor's Expert Review Symphony Hall

The Back Bay Arts/Performance Venue

While Boston's Symphony Hall—the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops—is considered among the best in the world for its sublime acoustics, it's also worth visiting to enjoy its other merits. The stage is framed by an enormous organ facade and an intricate golden proscenium. Above the second balcony are 16 replicas of Greek and Roman statues, which, like the rest of the Hall, marry the acoustic and aesthetic by creating niches and uneven surfaces to enhance the acoustics of the space. Although acoustical science was a brand-new field of research when Professor Wallace Sabine planned the interior, not one of the 2,500 seats is a bad one—the secret is the box-within-a-box design.

Arts/Performance Venue Building/Architectural Site Local Interest–Sight Historical

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301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts  02115, USA

888-266–1200-box office

www.bso.org

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