2020-2021 Boston Philharmonic Season Planning

May 18, 2020 5:36:14 PM / by BPO Staff

Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

I have often described the Boston Philharmonic as a dynamic organization, able to adapt quickly to respond to unexpected opportunities and challenges. The changes we have experienced over the past several months in our daily routines and the uncertainty about when we might return to something that feels more normal are putting all of us to the test!  

The need to be flexible has been particularly apparent in the process of planning repertoire for the 2020-21 season of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Maestro Zander invests an enormous amount of time each season in putting together programs that will delight our audiences, challenge and engage our musicians, and provide opportunities to collaborate with world class soloists. This is a daunting undertaking under the best of circumstances. Add to that the need to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our musicians and you, our audience members, without knowing exactly what that will entail a few months from now, and the challenge increases exponentially.

You have likely heard that New England Conservatory has made the decision not to rent any of their facilities through June, 2021. This means that we will not be able to perform in Jordan Hall at all next season. Our other venues remain available to us for the concerts we have scheduled, but we don't know how social distancing guidelines might impact the number of audience members in the hall or musicians on stage.

We have wonderful programs and thrilling soloists we are planning to bring to you next season. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we explore the best way to deliver these transformative musical experiences to you while prioritizing the health of our community. 

We look forward to sharing our music with you again in person and to seeing your shining eyes!

Warm wishes,


Elisabeth Christensen

Managing Director


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Photo: Hilary Scott

Topics: BPYO, Benjamin Zander, Petrushka, Stravinsky

Written by BPO Staff

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