No, we are returning to exclusively in-person attendance. With audiences across the Boston region and the U.S. returning to in-person attendance at live cultural events, the Boston Speakers Series looks forward to returning to an exclusively live, in-person experience at Symphony Hall for the 2023-2024 season. In addition, there will be no recordings available for viewing after the events.
If you find you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming date in your series, while the box office cannot trade-in or sell a ticket to the alternate night, we do offer a Ticket Swap Forum on our website where subscribers list tickets they would like to swap. Subscribers are solely responsible for all swap arrangements.
After a few welcoming remarks from the series moderator and an introduction, the evening’s speaker will deliver his or her comments until approximately 9 pm. The moderator then returns to the stage to ask the speaker to respond to the audience’s questions in a lively Q&A session. The evening will conclude at approximately 9:30 pm.
No, the Speakers Series is only sold as a subscription to all seven lectures. Not only does this make it possible to keep the cost of each subscription at a relatively low level, but it furthers the series’ goal of promoting civic dialogue and understanding by presenting a diverse roster of renowned authorities who collectively speak to a broad range of topics and perspectives to enhance our community’s understanding of our increasingly complex world. Particularly in this polarized time, we are proud that subscribers to the Speakers Series welcome the opportunity to hear from a speaker whose views they may not agree with, and even relish the opportunity to challenge him or her with a question.
Yes. Upon arrival at Symphony Hall, please ask an usher for an Assistive Listening Device. We want to make sure that you can hear what the speaker says.
You simply can’t beat the “real”, live, in person experience! Being present to hear our speakers share anecdotal, “behind the headlines” stories about their unique experiences for nearly an hour and then take questions from the audience – maybe even YOUR question – is priceless. Some subscribers have described the Speakers Series as an elite continuing education course with a virtual “who’s who” of national and global figures.
The Speakers Series is a series of seven individual lectures, generally scheduled from October through April.
Tickets are sold by SUBSCRIPTION to the entire series only! It is not possible to purchase tickets to individual lectures. Both Open and Reserved seating are available. Reserved seating is assigned seating in the Silver, Gold and Platinum sections. Open seating allows you to choose any seat – on a first come basis – that is not in the reserved section.
Yes, as long as we have your email address, we will send you a survey after each lecture.
If there is a lecture you are unable to attend, we encourage you to take advantage of our Ticket Swap Forum. This platform allows you to post unused tickets for the purpose of exchanging them for another lecture with your fellow subscribers.
If you can’t find your tickets or never received them, please call the Symphony Hall Box Office at (617) 266-1200 and they will be able to provide you with replacement tickets.
If any of your contact information has changed, please send us an email to [email protected] with your new information and we will be sure that your patron record is updated at the Box Office.
Unfortunately, the contracts with the speakers do not allow for the recording and dissemination of a speaker’s comments.