The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director James Levine this week open their second program of the 2010-11 season with MIT Institute Professor John Harbison’s Symphony No. 3, initiating a two-season survey of the composer’s symphonies. Following intermission, Levine and the BSO continue their ongoing cycle of Mahler symphonies with a performance of the composer’s mercurial Symphony No. 5.
MIT students can get free tickets to the concerts by following the process described on this website, while MIT staff and faculty can receive a 30 percent discount. Those interested in taking advantage of the discount can call 617-266-1200 or purchase the tickets at the Box Office. Thursday and Saturday's performances are at 8 p.m., and Friday's performance is at 1:30 p.m.
Harbison ranks among America's most distinguished artistic figures. His First and Fifth Symphonies were commissioned by the BSO, and he has received numerous prestigious awards including the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" grant and the Pulitzer Prize. The BSO’s Harbison symphony cycle will run into next season, which will feature the world premiere of the Symphony No. 6, recently commissioned by the BSO.