The Boston Philharmonic is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling a vision of "passionate music making without boundaries." The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), founded by Benjamin Zander in 1979, features student, professional, and amateur musicians who present premier performances of top-notch classical music that is accessible and enjoyable for both music aficionados and the casual listener. The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO), founded in 2012, is a world-class, tuition-free ensemble that inspires passionate music-making in young musicians aged 12 to 21 and follow a motto of "shaping future leaders through music."
Sharing and inspiring a love of classical music in all parts of our community is a goal accomplished in many ways. Boston Philharmonic concerts include an innovative pre-concert talk with conductor Benjamin Zander, whose explication and expansion of musical concepts, emotional expression, and other elements of music-making are unparalleled. Zander has a unique, engaging approach to explaining classical music, and his intense passion for the art form attracts hundreds of attendees for each talk. As a result, our audience describes the Boston Philharmonic as "passionate," "inspiring," "unique," and--perhaps our favorite descriptor--"un-stuffy."
Our community engagement programs, called Crescendo!, bring music education and mentorship to classrooms and after-school programs across Greater Boston, led by teaching artists who are members of the BPO or BPYO. In addition, the Kids' Notes programs and pre-concert talks for children tailor performance information and musical knowledge for our youngest audience members, helping to cultivate a life-long appreciation and understanding of classical music.
Other members of our community serve as ambassadors of the BPO to their professional or social networks, including a network of colleges and universities who participate in Club BP to help bring affordable tickets and engaging community to new audience members.