an evening at Symphony Hall

panorama of symphony hall

Six Christmases ago (our first), I gave Ian two tickets to the Prague Symphony Orchestra, performing at K-State that spring. Since then, symphony date night turned into a (mostly) annual event. We've seen the Munich Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Philadelphia Orchestra, and now the BSO.

We started the evening at Petit Robert Bistro in the South End. Expanding our palates, we tried a trio of pâté. Educational. Ian continued with duck confit (curiosity piqued by Top Chef) and I went for a missed favorite, steak frites. We finished it off with a coconut caramel creme, similar to flan. It was a delightful and tasty dinner, and I can imagine there are bistros in France just like this one.

ian and anna look at the program

After dinner, we bundled up and walked to Symphony Hall. Built in 1900, it is one of the finest concert halls in the world — amazing such an old building is still in use for the same purpose it was built. While they value engineered the exterior of the building, they made sure the interior detailing remained as beautiful as they planned. It's quite stunning, and the padded, folding wooden seats are surprisingly comfortable.

the boston symphony orchestra

We experienced Mozart live for the first time and John Harbison came out on stage after they performed his second symphony. The evening concluded with Shumann's captivating Symphony No. 2.

I'm so glad Ian appreciates the classics.