The genteel and cultured image of Boston is greatly enhanced by the city's concerts that span a wide range of musical genres. Whether your taste runs to Broadway musicals like Les Miserables, country legend Glenn Campbell, rock icon Bruce Springsteen, indie rockers the Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys, or Madonna, you'll find them all on Boston's concert calendar.
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Ornate Concert Halls
Boston boasts of many concert halls, many of them dating way back to 1852 like the Orpheum Theater which started as the home of the New England Conservatory. The Shubert Theater goes back to 1910, was originally a stage for plays by Shakespeare and is now the home of the Boston Lyric Opera, presenting Broadway musicals, comedy and music performances. The Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College employs the latest in stage and video technology to present opera, dance, music and theater in traditional or avant-garde forms. The Colonial Theater is the oldest continually-operating theater in the city and opened in 1900 with a performance of Ben Hur featuring eight live horses in a chariot race onstage.
Performing at these and other venues in Boston are artists and groups that are household names around the world. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1881, is one of America's “Big Five” orchestras and performed the first live concert broadcast on radio. Founded in 1885, the Boston Pops Orchestra is an offshoot of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was established to play light classical and popular music.
In the city that gave birth to hardcore punk, there are concerts by groups like the boy band Big Time Rush, the all-Irish female ensemble Celtic Woman, the British alt rock band Coldplay, the American indie pop band Foster the People and the Northern Ireland alt rock band Snow Patrol.
Whatever catches your fancy, Boston has concerts that will fill the bill.
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