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“lovely venue” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA (Fenway / Kenmore)
617-266-1492
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Ranked #24 of 196 Attractions in Boston
Type: Operas, Symphonies, Theaters & Stadiums
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“lovely venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Saw a Handel and Haydn concert here. It's located right by a T station, which is helpful. Exterior is very nice, interior is too. It was a really good experience.

Visited September 2013
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Windham, New Hampshire
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“Awesome concert hall, poor eating/drinking options”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

the hall and its acoustics are phenomenal. there isn't a bad seat in the house, in many ways its like the best European concert halls, built before electrical amplifiers and the sound is wonderful. the BSO are a fantastic orchestra and we also had the treat of YoYo Ma as the guest soloist, what's not to love!
Well the pre-post concert options in the hall are awful. the nicest staff couldn't make up for the expensive drinks (even by typical concert standards $15 for a glass of wine!) and the food was like the school cafeteria. Don't waste your money there are dining options near by, go,there! It's such a shame a good cocktail bar would increase revenue and be a great draw to the hall.

Visited October 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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83 attraction reviews
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“Good accoustics, ok style”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I know the most important part of this venue is the acoustics (which seem fine - although I'm far from an expert) but I can't help but comment on the unremarkable style of the interior and exterior of the building. There's a tacked-on reception hall off to one side but it feels like you're standing in someone's basement and not in a grand hall.

Visited December 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A wonderful music hall!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The acoustics are incredible here! They also have a wonderful orchestra and stellar guest stars!! The best seats are on the second balcony because the sound is just beautiful. I always try to go here at least once a year.

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A Boston treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The program offers something for everyone. This means you may have a modern piece on the program, when you are there to see something from the Classical era, but it helps to broaden your horizons. One word of warning on the seating -seats along the front rows of the balconies are oriented straight ahead, so while you may hear very well, to see the stage from anywhere but the first 20 or so seats at the front ends of the two wings of the balcony, you are turning your head at an increasing angle. In addition, patrons next to you may lean or slide forward to improve their view, and you'll be looking at the back of someone's head all night. Perhaps when the next renovation is done they'll try to adapt the seating to be more conducive to viewing.

Visited February 2013
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