What Makes Us
The Boston Civic Symphony
Founded in 1924 by the late educator, conductor, and composer Joseph Wagner, the Boston Civic Symphony is the second oldest symphony orchestra in the city. As one of Boston’s most respected musical organizations, the Civic has distinguished itself from other local musical groups through its focus on engaging exceptionally skilled student and amateur performers, and through its emphasis on developing a broad-based audience.
The Civic’s presentation of works by masters like Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms is balanced by its performances of pieces by contemporary American composers. Most concerts are held at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.
For thirty-eight years, Max Hobart, former assistant concertmaster of the BSO, led the orchestra – one of the longest tenures for any symphony orchestra conductor in history. After a two-year, worldwide search, Francisco Noya became the new music director in 2017.
To encourage attendance by a diverse population from the Greater Boston area by offering moderately priced tickets and by distribution of a number of free tickets to underserved populations in Boston.
To provide orchestral training and experience under competent direction for teachers, students of music who are preparing for professional careers, and skilled amateurs.
To offer performances of unusual and contemporary works, with a special focus on American compositions, with leading soloists. The Civic performs four major concerts, which offer a range of classical and contemporary music.
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