Free Tickets for MIT Students to Harbison/BSO Concerts

JOHN HARBISON – Symphonies at the BSO this Season
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, recently commissioned MIT Institute Professor John Harbison to write his 6th Symphony.  This is the 8th work the BSO has commissioned from the composer.  Under the baton of James Levine, the orchestra will perform the complete cycle of 6 Symphonies by Harbison as part of the current and next seasons.

The first performance, this Thurs, Fri and Sat, October 14, 15 and 16 will feature John Harbison’s 3rd Symphony, along with Mahler’s 5th under the direction of Maestro Levine.

Thanks to the MIT Council for the Arts, free student tickets will be available for these and other performances of MIT Institute Professor John Harbison’s Symphonies by the BSO.   The Council for the Arts at MIT via its generous funding of the BSO College Card, provides free admission to BSO concerts for MIT students.

How to get free tickets for the BSO in 7 easy steps!

  • Go to this website:
  • Pick a BSO concert you’d like to see. All dates save the blackout dates* are possibilities
  • Call this number after 9:30am on the day of the concert to make sure tickets are still available: 617/638-9478
  • Go to the BSO Box Office between 10am – 6pm (301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston)
  • Show your MIT student ID at the Box Office
  • Pick up your FREE BSO College Card AND your ticket to the concert at the same time
  • After the concert, go home and register your card online for updates and information from here:

*Black Out Dates:
Tickets are not available for these performances:

October 2, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26
November 11, 12, 13, 18, 20
March 10, 11, 12, 31
April 1, 2
May 4, 5, 6, 7


Symphony No. 3
October 14 2010, Thursday 8:00 PM
October 15 2010, Friday 1:30 PM
October 16 2010, Saturday 8:00 PM
James Levine, conductor
HARBISON, Symphony No. 3
MAHLER, Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 1
November 26 2010, Friday 1:30 PM
November 27 2010, Saturday 8:00 PM
November 30 2010, Tuesday 8:00 PM
James Levine, conductor
SCHUMANN, Symphony No. 3, Rhenish
HARBISON, Symphony No. 1
WAGNER, Prelude and Love-death from Tristan und Isolde

Symphony No. 2
December 2 2010, Thursday 8:00 PM
December 3 2010, Friday 1:30 PM
December 4 2010, Saturday 8:00 PM
James Levine, conductor
Nikolaj Znaider, violin
HARBISON, Symphony No. 2
MOZART, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K.216
SCHUMANN, Symphony No. 2

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