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Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrates Valentine's Day with 'West Side Story'

Novelist Lawrence Durrell once said, “Music is only love looking for words.”

Relive the film adaptation of the stirring musical 'West Side Story' in a whole new way at Symphony Hall!
Courtesy of Boston Symphony Orchestra and United Artists

The month of February causes many hearts to skip a beat as Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has carefully selected a repertoire perfect for many romantic evenings! Visit for full listings!

Led by BSO Emeritus composer Bernard Haitink and joined by pianist Murray Perahia, audiences will get a first listen to the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky with his most esteemed work, a wind ensemble of Henry Purcell’s ‘Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary’ before the Boston Symphony Orchestra travels to NYC’s celebrated Carnegie Hall for two programs on Tuesday, February 11 and Wednesday, February 12.

'Stucky, Schumann, and Brahms, with Bernard Haitink and Murray Perahia’ will also explore works from innovative and influential German composers Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. See these performances at Boston Symphony Hall on Thursday, February 6 and Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. There will be a Friday matinee on February 7 at 1:30 p.m.

David Newman conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra as they provide the live score, recapturing the passionate, classic love story of Tony and Maria in the acclaimed film, Bernstein’sWest Side Story!’ With lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the film features unforgettable music such as ‘Maria,’ ‘Tonight,’ ‘America,’ and the stirring signature song, ‘Somewhere.’

Relive this romantic film in a whole new way at Symphony Hall on Valentine’s Day weekend from Underscore Friday February 14 and Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee will take place on February 16 at 3 p.m.

BSO Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck and German violinist Sophie-Anne Mutter brings a sweet sound to Dvorak’s ‘Romance for Violin and Orchestra’ and ‘Violin Concerto.’ Romance runs deep with the gorgeous and uplifting styling of Beethoven’s Symphony No 3, Eroica (Eroica is Italian for “heroic.”)

Experience this amazing musical journey on Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. A rehearsal will also take place on Thursday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. A Friday matinee will be held February 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Take a compelling musical journey into the art of storytelling with the entire family at a low price! Sponsored by Youth and Family concert sponsor Arabella, ‘There’s Nothing Better than a Good Story – A Musical Look at the Components of Storytelling’ explores an innovative way of seeing a great tale.

Conducted by Thomas Wilkins, this family event is for children under age 18 and will take place on Saturday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. Another performance is set for noon. Encore performances will be held on Sunday, March 30 at noon and 3 p.m.

Boston Symphony Hall is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. Call for tickets at 1-888-266-1200 or visit for full listings!

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