Boston Symphony starts free online streaming of weekly concerts today

April 24, 2012

The final three weeks of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's season concerts, all led by Bernard Haitink, will be made available on the BSO website in free audio streaming.

For those outside of Massachusetts who can’t make it to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at Symphony Hall, now you can just log on to the BSO website and enjoy the performances in a free audio stream days after the live events.

Starting Tuesday afternoon and continuing through the final weeks of the BSO season, the orchestra’s weekly programs will be streamed online starting Mondays or Tuesdays for free. This major new online project will continue next month with the Boston Pops’ programs and this summer with concerts from Tanglewood as well.

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A BSO spokeswoman said the orchestra plans to continue the audio streaming initiative in the fall with the BSO’s 2012-13 subscription concerts.

“It’s incredibly thrilling to be able to share the concerts we present on a weekly basis to music lovers from across the country and around the globe through the BSO’s new concert streaming offering at,” said managing director Mark Volpe, in a statement released by the orchestra. “We hope that the 7 million individuals who visit each year, as well as new visitors to the site, will enjoy this opportunity to listen to these free BSO and Pops concert streams, thanks to our partnership with WGBH.”

The streaming is a cooperative venture between the BSO and 99.5 Classical New England. The 128 kbps streams will be provided by WGBH’s live concert broadcasts and made available through the BSO Media Center the Monday or Tuesday after the program’s Thursday night premiere at Symphony Hall.

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