The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is one of six World Marathon Majors, and is one of four major events held in the United States through the years of both World Wars (Kentucky Derby, Rose Parade, and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are the others).
Since 1897, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has managed this event. Amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly Massachusetts terrain and varying weather to take part in the race.
The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with 18 participants in 1897, the event now attracts an average of about 30,000 registered participants each year, with 30,251 people entering in 2015. The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 established a record as the world's largest marathon with 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters, and 35,868 finishers.
“Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “The Trolley Song,” “That’s Entertainment!” – all part of Judy Garland’s epic 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall. Relive the concert known as the greatest night in show business history with Judy’s set list and three Broadway women of exceptional heart and voice.
Using live actors, thrilling music, and a healthy dose of inventiveness, the audience becomes the storyteller in Once Upon a Time... You get to be part of the action, helping write and score an original story for the orchestra that comes to life right before your eyes!
Stirring and cinematic, Pines of Rome transports listeners to the Eternal City, to its pine groves of the Villa Borghese and the bygone glories of Roman legions marching along the Appian Way. Pianist Steward Goodyear offers Poulenc’s witty and lyrical Aubade along with Prokofiev’s emotionally radiant First Concerto.
Joshua Roman returns with his limitless technique to perform Dreamsongs, an evocative piece inspired by world dance music, culminating in a cadenza that suggests rock ‘n’ roll guitar. Haydn’s splendid 102ndSymphony embodies the best attributes of its composer, delivering vast unleashed power and high spirits.
Soprano Heidi Melton returns from triumphant appearances in Carnegie Hall with the Vienna Philharmonic to grace our stages in Richard Strauss’ retrospective and loving Four Last Songs. Wagner’s Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey transports us on a river voyage at the time of the twilight of the Gods while Prelude and Liebestod will feature not only our largest orchestra all season, but will also bring Melton back to the stage in the hallmark of German opera arias. Ravel’s throbbing love story Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2 will leave you ecstatically jumping from your seats.
Driving the success of our mission is our primary community engagement initiative, educational work with young people. Each year we bring live music to thousands of kids through an array of carefully crafted programs. As public schools and other cultural institutions come under increasing curricular and budgetary pressure arts education tends to take a backseat. All of our educational programs are aimed at opening artistic doors for students while contributing to strong foundations in general education.
Back by popular demand, this sizzling 12-piece ensemble returns with a musical extravaganza of cabaret, samba, pop, and jazz. Pink Martini puts a festive spin on favorites like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Qué Sera Sera” and “Brazil,” as well as catchy originals.