In 1951, founder Harry Levenson began the "Summer Family Concert Series" (with a predecessor orchestra) in Worcester's Institute Park - a series which continues to this day in Cristoforo Colombo Park, Institute Park, and in surrounding towns. Attracting thousands of concertgoers each year, these summer concerts have become the most popular outdoor summer music series in central Massachusetts.
This year (2012) marks the 33rd anniversary of the Holiday 'Pops' concerts in Mechanics Hall, an annual (and always sold-out) favorite which began in 1980, with Harry Levenson as conductor.
The immensely popular Duo-Piano Gala Concert series began in 2007. Now in its sixth season, this annual concert featuring a half-dozen or more area pianists playing seldom-heard music arranged for two, four or six pianists on the Orchestra's two Steinway pianos, is a standing-room-only sellout.
Since 2008, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra also has played for the Hanover Theatre's presentation of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, in collaboration with Ballet Arts Worcester and the Youth Ballet Company of Worcester.
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