How to listen to Boston concerts at home.
(CBC News)Bostonians are often reminded of the city’s rich musical heritage.
But it’s not just Boston, and there are a handful of other major U.S. cities that can offer the same kind of quality, according to the International Symphony Orchestra.
The symphony is one of many orchestras in Canada that also have major festivals and performances that are held in their home cities.
But what’s it like to go to a concert in a different city?
The Globe and Mail spoke to a few musicians to find out.
The first concert in the countryThe Globe’s John Nolen traveled to New York City in October to attend a symphony concert.
(John Nolen/The Globe & Mail)John Naulen, the Canadian director of the symphony, was excited about what he was seeing in the city he loves.
He said he was drawn to Boston because it has a very rich musical history, from Mozart to Bach and the B-side of Chopin’s “Ode to Joy.”
“Boston is the only major city that has a complete orchestra,” he said.
“I think it’s a special city because of the diversity, the rich music and the unique architecture.”
The symphonic orchestra is a member of the National Federation of the American Philharmonic Association, which is headquartered in New York.
It has its own schedule and plays its first concerts at its own events in New Jersey and New York, but it also hosts concerts in Ottawa and Los Angeles.
Nolen said the Boston concerts offer a chance for him and other symphony directors to connect with their audiences, especially the younger ones.
“I think that younger people who are interested in classical music, especially younger people in the arts, are looking for the next big thing, which might be the next Bach,” he told The Globe.
“They want to hear something that they’ve heard before.”
The most iconic Boston performanceThe best concerts can take place in Boston, but there are many others that offer the best experience.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra holds the distinction of being one of the most iconic orchestras worldwide.
The symphony’s repertoire is vast, ranging from the music of Mozart and Beethoven to the works of the great composers of the Renaissance, including Beethovins symphonies and Beuys Violin Concerto.
Many of the performances feature classical music from around the world.
The Boston Symphony has performed more than 400 concerts over the past three decades, including some of the biggest musical events in history.
Naulen said the symphonists are not limited to one location.
“We play in many different places, but we are in the centre of the world,” he explained.
The Globe spoke to seven of the best symphony concerts in the world in 2016, and four of them are from New York: a performance of “The Magic Flute” by the Boston Symphony, the “Symphony No. 3” by Sibelius and the “Toccata Concerto No. 2” by Schubert.
The Symphony Orchestra’s New York concert featured the famous “Flute Concerto” and Schuber’s other classic works.
The Symphony Orchestra will play three concerto concerts in New Yorkers venues this summer.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to engage the community,” said John Naulens wife, Heather, who works in the entertainment industry.
“This is something we have to do to be able to share what we love and have a sense of community.
I hope we can be successful in that.”
Tickets cost $25 and are on sale at the Boston Public Library.
For tickets to other concerts, visit the symposiums website.