The Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society of Boston, Inc. (BB&B Society) was formed as a 501c3 non-profit organization in the spring of 2016 by Steven Lipsitt and the musicians of the former Boston Classical Orchestra. Determined to save a beloved and time-honored tradition of great, expertly performed orchestral concerts presented in one of America’s most historic spaces, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, these artists established a Board of Directors and a network of colleagues who are dedicated to the goals of musical excellence and an intimate listening experience. Following debut concerts in March and April of 2016, and thanks to the generosity and loyalty of supporters, the BB&B Society presented a full 2016 – 2017 season of subscription concerts to excited, enthusiastic audiences. Sharing the stunning musical virtuosity of its own professional musicians, world-class guest soloists, and a level of quality that has been the hallmark of concerts in its Faneuil Hall home for many years, the BB&B Society renewed old friendships and developed new ones, laying the groundwork for a bright future as Boston’s newest professional orchestra.
The musicians of the BB&B Society Orchestra are among the Boston area’s finest and most experienced freelance instrumentalists. A core group of the musicians has been playing together for many years, which gives the orchestra a deep rapport and an ability to focus on the substance of making music from the very beginning of the rehearsal process.
When not playing with the BB&B Society Orchestra at Faneuil Hall, the musicians can be heard performing with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, A Far Cry, BMOP, and many other ensembles throughout New England. Many are also active in the pit for shows at the Colonial, Emerson Majestic, Huntington, Shubert, Boston Opera House, and Wang Center theaters.
These dedicated and versatile musicians teach privately and at area music schools, including New England Conservatory, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, and Smith, among others. All BB&B Society Orchestra players are members of the Boston Musicians’ Association, Local 9-535 of the American Federation of Musicians.