SYMPHONY HALL AT CHRISTMAS – CONCERT, CHOIR, HALL

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Every year, for the past five years, we went once every December to see the Christmas concert at Symphony Hall in Boston. I don’t think we will be going again, but the memories are precious.

 

17 thoughts on “SYMPHONY HALL AT CHRISTMAS – CONCERT, CHOIR, HALL

      • The difference between Boston Symphony Hall and Avery Fischer at Lincoln Center is that, in Boston, they followed the acoustic design given by the acoustic design team of Bolt, Beranek and Newman, and the builders of Lincoln Center DID NOT.

        The Lincoln Center crew were being pressured to add 500 to 1000 more seats in order to, bottom line, make more money. The result was that the first version, of AV Hall, was an acoustical disaster and had to be rebuilt a few years later by a different acoustic team.., again financed by Avery Fischer. Incidentally, the original team, BB&N, were unjustly blamed for this. The second, and present, version was closer to what the original acousticians (BB&N) had specified and, thus, the supposed similarity between the sound of the two halls. In reality, the two halls are quite different and share little of “the same wonderful acoustics.” Boston Symphony Hall, in my, and many other’s opinion, is actually a finer sounding hall than Avery Fischer Hall. This opinion is also supported by many of the musicians who’ve been lucky enough to perform there.

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          • Ahh that explains the look of that era in those two halls.., but you didn’t specify, and so I just assumed you were referring to Avery Fischer Hall. However my comparison above, despite assumptions, stands between the halls I mentioned. It also seemed likely due to BB&N being a Massachusetts firm that that was what you meant. Sorry

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            • I’m a Carnegie Hall devotee. Actually, NY and Boston shared the same architects for a bunch of things, including Central Park and Boston Commons as well as Symphony and Carnegie Halls. I think our State House was similar to something important in NY, but it has since been knocked down. Boston is better about holding onto older buildings than NY. You’d like Symphony Hall. It has GREAT acoustics. Lincoln Center … well … it’s better than it was, but it’ll never be great.

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              • Might see you this summer and we can go there. I haven’t been in Boston Symphony Hall since the 70s.., nor Carnegie for that matter, but it was magnificent. When they do recordings of the BSO they remove the first 15 rows of seats and put the orchestra on the hall floor to take advantage of the acoustics. Ironically the stage is not, as good, or recording friendly, due to various factors.

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    • We loved them too, but the price of tickets has finally gone beyond us. I understand they need to support the musicians and the hall itself, but like many other things, it has gotten beyond our ability to contribute. We had a good time there. EVERY time was a good time πŸ™‚

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  1. We enjoy the annual Messiah Sing-In with the Utah Symphony and Chorus. As alumni of the choir, we can even sit on stage. It’s a fun event. Lovely photos and memories. Thanks for joining the challenge!

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