Frequently Asked


What is period performance?

At a Boston Baroque performance, you may notice that the instruments you see onstage look and sound different from traditional orchestral instruments. That’s because Boston Baroque performs on period instruments. The technology and materials available to instrument makers during the 17th and 18th centuries were different than what we use today—the instruments we play on are historical instruments or replicas of instruments that were used during the time in which the music was composed.


What does period performance sound like?

Performances on period instruments are often described as "transparent." When you listen to a Boston Baroque performance or recording, you’ll hear a beautiful blend of sounds—every line in the detailed, complex music of the Baroque and even of Mozart and Beethoven can be heard.  These are the kinds of instruments that these composers wrote for.  But it's not just the instruments that make our performances sound the way they do.  Boston Baroque musicians—our orchestra and our chorus—use what we know of the articulate and highly nuanced earlier performing styles.  The result is that musical lines sparkle with a crystalline clarity, and the music is expressive, dramatic and exciting.


Where does Boston Baroque perform?


Boston Baroque primarily performs at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, which is one of the nation’s most treasured concert halls. It seats just over 1,000 audience members, and has stunning, intimate acoustics that bring a warmth and clarity to the music performed on its stage. Jordan Hall is the signature venue of New England Conservatory.


Our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts are at Sanders Theatre, another architectural and acoustical gem, at Harvard University. It was originally designed as a lecture hall—although is used frequently as a concert venue—and seats just over 1,000 as well.



How long are your concerts?

Concert times vary performance to performance and are listed on our concert detail pages.


I need accommodations. What do I do?

All Boston Baroque concert venues are ADA compliant. Please call Boston Baroque’s Box Office at (617) 987-8600, and we will do everything we can to make your concert experience comfortable and enjoyable. With notice, we can provide assisted listening devices, large print programs, and seating for aides.