Boston Symphony Orchestra

Heralded today as one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the BSO presented its first concert season in 1881 at the old Boston Music Hall, under the baton of German conductor Georg Henschel. The brainchild of entrepreneur (and wannabe musician) Henry Lee Higginson, the BSO was an immediate artistic success, eventually moving to its home in the specially built Symphony Hall in October, 1900. A number of different German and French conductors led the BSO for short periods, until Russian-born Serge Koussevitzky began his 25-year run in 1924. Under his helm the orchestra expanded into radio and summered at the Tanglewood Music Center. Koussevitzky was succeeded in turn by Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf, and William Steinberg. Seiji Ozawa was music director for 29 years, before James Levine – the first American-born conductor of the BSO – began his reign in 2004. The orchestra launched its own BSO Classics record label in 2009.
(by Ed Symkus)

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