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The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the most popular and famous orchestra in the world. Boston Symphony Orchestra is based at Symphony Hall in Boston. The Symphony Hall is generally considered to be one of the three finest concert halls in the world. The Boston Symphony Orchestra was started almost 125 years ago, it was founded in the year 1881, in Boston, Massachusetts by Henry Lee Higginson. Many famous and notable conductors have played in this orchestra, right from the day of its inception. Some notable musicians were Arthur Nikisch who have played from the year 1889 to 1893, Pierre Monteux from the year 1919 to 1924. Both of these famous musicians have given the orchestra a "French" sound, which continues to some extent till date. The Boston Symphony Orchestra reached its zenith under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky.

Under the leadership of Koussevitzky, the orchestra not only performed in shows, but also gave regular radio broadcasts . It also established its summer home at Tanglewood. At that same time Koussevitzky founded the Berkshire Music Center, which is at present known as the Tanglewood Music Center. The radio broadcasts continued from 1926 till 1951, and it again ran from 1954 throughout 1956. Till today, the orchestra continues to make regular live radio broadcasts. The Boston Symphony was also responsible, to some extent, for the creation of WGBH Radio which was an outlet for its concerts.

Koussevitzky used to place an order for several new pieces from notable composers, which includes the Fourth Symphony of Sergei Prokofiev and the Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky. They also used to give the premiere of Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, which was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, on the request of Fritz Reiner and Joseph Szigeti.
A tradition was started by Koussevitzky that was continued by the orchestra with other commissions by Henri Dutilleux for its 75th anniversary, Roger Sessions, and Andrzej Panufnik, for the 100th, and recently for the 125th works by Leon Kirchner, Elliott Carter, and Peter Lieberson. On many other occasions, they have also commissioned works from several other composers, such as John Corigliano's 2nd symphony for the 100th anniversary of Symphony Hall.

In the year 1949, Koussevitzky was succeeded by Charles Munch. For the first time, the orchestra under the leadership of Munch played in other parts of the world also. In the year 1954, the orchestra did their first stereo recording for RCA Victor. In the year 1962, he was succeeded by Erich Leinsdorf. Leinsdorf left in the year 1969 and was succeeded by William Steinberg. In the year 1973, Seiji Ozawa succeeded Steinberg and remained the Music Director till the year 2002. Ozawa was the longest serving conductor of Boston Symphony. James Levine, the first American-born conductor, succeeded him.

The Boston Symphony is also closely associated with the New England Conservatory and thus enjoys its close association with the Conservatory. It then located one block from Symphony Hall. Most of the players of the BSO's are graduates from the New England Conservatory. From the year 1904 till 1910, Willy Hess, the famous violin virtuoso was the concertmaster.

The Boston Pops Orchestra, which is a part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, plays more popular classics, show and lighter tunes. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus performs major choral works with the BSO and Boston Pops. The Chorus was organized by John Oliver, its founding director, in the year 1970. The Chorus consists of two hundred fifty volunteer singers.

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