Boston Symphony Orchestra $9 and walk around the area. (optional restaurant)

We'll wait in line to buy Rush Tickets then walk around the area and wait for the performance. (Don't be too late and expect everyone else to do all the waiting. After all that's part of the fun and others waiting in line could get pretty upset with you.) 

Here is the link to the performance: http://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/52507

From the website:

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NOV 26 2013 Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Brahms and Beethoven

Boston Symphony OrchestraBoston Symphony Hall Boston MA$30.00 - $104.00Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is joined by esteemed American pianist Peter Serkin for one of the biggest and most challenging piano concertos in the repertoire, Brahms's Concerto No. 2. Composed nearly twenty-five years after the First Concerto, the Second is unusual in being a four-movement work instead of the typical three, adding what Brahms called "a tiny, tiny wisp of a scherzo." Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 7 in 1812. Beginning in calm and ending in infectious exuberance, the Seventh was called by Richard Wagner "the apotheosis of the dance."

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There are a limited number of Rush Tickets for BSO subscription-series concerts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and Friday afternoons. Tickets are $9 each, cash only, one to a customer, and can be purchased at the BSO Box Office on Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays beginning at 5pm for evening concerts. The concert starts at 8pm.

I read the chance of rain for Tuesday is 50% starting at 3-4pm and 60% chance of rain starting at 7pm. So if it's too rainy, this might get postponed.

Wear warm clothes and shoes you can walk in, upscale casual.
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Map of the area:
http://www.bigtent.com/group/photo/81598848
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByY4MMTXKjbXaWlaMFVkdGpmSXM/edit?usp=sharing
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByY4MMTXKjbXb0ktREZZOUktU1U/edit?usp=sharing
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The Christian Science Reading Room is next door, has beautiful grounds and is well lit. Beautiful in the evening.
By Subway: Take the Heath Street/Brigham Circle "E" Green Line train to the Symphony stop, any other Green Line train to the Hynes Convention Center stop, or the Orange Line to the Massachusetts Ave stop.
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Restaurant suggestion, inexpensive and accepts casual since we'll be in our nicer walking clothes:
Pho & I, 267 Huntington Ave 
Boston, MA

This is a review from yelp: 

It was with no small degree of trepidation that I decided to try this mixed Asian eatery in the depths of the student ghetto, in a neighborhood more known for its grubby schwarma shops and pizza joints than refined cuisine. How delighted I was that I set the old stereotypes aside, because this Pho & I is possibly one of the best and most authentic upscale Vietnamese places in Boston. Decor is gorgeous, with warm yellow walls, soft acoustics, and giant oversized oil paintings and service is smooth and professional, almost black tie. The menu ranges over a number of noodle and rice dishes from various Asian cultures but the phocus is the soups, rich and flavorful Vietnamese pho soup, huge steaming bowls packed with anise-scented broth, thin rice noodles, and strips of protein. The traditional beef is there, along with Pho Ga, a chicken version, and also some seafood and vegetarian options. I do not believe there are any vegan options since fish sauce is still used in so many dishes - but it is worth asking. Prices are just a bit higher than a typical pho house but you're paying for quality.

More about Symphony Hall:

Symphony Hall opened on October 15, 1900, with an inaugural gala led by music director Wilhelm Gericke. The architects, McKim, Mead & White of New York, engaged Wallace Clement Sabine, a young assistant professor of physics at Harvard, as their acoustical consultant, and Symphony Hall became the first auditorium designed in accordance with scientifically derived acoustical principles.

Symphony Hall is widely regarded as one of the two or three finest concert halls in the world. The walls of the stage slope inward to help focus the sound. The side balconies are shallow so as not to trap any of the sound, and the recesses of the coffered ceiling, along with the statue-filled niches along the three sides, help to distribute the sound throughout the hall. The 16 replicas of Greek and Roman statues are related in some way to music, art, or literature. They were placed in the niches as part of an appreciation of the frequently quoted words, "Boston, the Athens of America," written by Bostonian William Tudor in the early 19th century. The Symphony Hall organ, an Aeolian Skinner designed by G. Donald Harrison and installed in 1949, is considered one of the finest concert hall organs in the world.


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  • Grace K.

    It was fantastic! Great company, gorgeous music, looking forward to our next meetup.
    Let's do the BSO again sometime.

    November 27

  • osama

    Wonderful evening, thanks Suzanne

    November 27

  • Tim

    What is playing?

    November 20

    • Suzanne S

      Thanks for your note. I added details to the description.

      November 23

    • Tim

      thanks Suzanne

      November 26

  • Grace K.

    Suzanne, could you give me directions to the $10 parking? I was going to take the T but since it will be raining-

    November 26

    • Suzanne S

      Here is prudential center parking lot offers event discount after 2pm if you surrender your ticket stub. $16 http://www.prudential...­

      November 26

    • Suzanne S

      Grace, the $10 parking is a 10 minute walk, see link above. The Symphony stop on the green line is closer to Symphony Hall. It most likely will be raining after the concert if not before.

      November 26

  • Suzanne S

    There is parking in the area for about $10. If it rains, you could bring an umbrella and waterproof boots. We'll have to walk in the mall or something. The group can decide.

    November 26

  • diane

    Sorry but I heard that its supposed to rain tomorrow night so I'm going to cancel. Hope those who go have a great time!

    November 25

    • Suzanne S

      Just read the weather report. It says 50% chance of rain between 3 and 4pm and by 7pm the chance of rain is 60%. So, we'll have to keep an eye on the weather. Don't want to get too soggy while waiting in line but misty just means the wait will be shorter.

      November 25

  • The Gerry L.

    One of the greatest sounding concert halls in the WORLD. Enjoy it.

    1 · November 25

  • SG R.

    Hello Suzanne. I would enjoy joining the group for this. However, I will be having company for Thanksgiving and need the time Tuesday evening to prepare. Will look forward to joining you all another time.

    November 24

  • SG R.

    What time does the concert start? Will dinner be before or after? Is it okay to wear casual clothes for the symphony? Thanks!

    November 20

    • Suzanne S

      You can wear casual clothes for the symphony. I would try for warm, slightly dressy but also shoes you can walk in. The performance starts at 8.

      November 23

  • diane

    What a great idea! I am really looking forward this event and the walk as well!

    November 11

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