The Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society was formed 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, BB&B 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, BB&B 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 Orchestra are among the Boston area’s finest and most experienced freelance instrumentalists. A core of the musicians have been playing together for over 30 years, which Lipsitt maintains gives the orchestra a deep rapport and an ability to zone in on the substance of making music from the very beginning of the rehearsal process.
When not playing with BB&B 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 others 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 orchestra players are members of the Boston Musicians’ Association, Local 9-535 of the American Federation of Musicians.
Debut concert (March 6th, 2016):
“…The atmosphere had the charms of a living room salon concert…a buoyant performance…exemplary soloists…appealingly dark, dusky string colorings…a vigorous account…
I believe this newest venture should be able to thrive…The crowd of supporters at Sunday’s BB&B debut was a vocal one that clearly appreciated the resilience of Lipsitt and his players.”
-Jeremy Eichler (The Boston Globe)
Season-opener (September 11th, 2016):
“…an effective amalgam of Romantic warmth and tasteful Baroque articulation…quiet joy and warm nostalgia…Lipsitt’s and the orchestra’s elegant assurance and corporate sense of purpose…Played with these artists’ skill and commitment, the Eroica…possessed the power to stun, with unconventionalities…encompass[ing] a remarkable number of character traits…
In a city so blessed with fine ensembles, launching a new musical enterprise can hardly fail to be daunting, but Steven Lipsitt seems equal to the task. Whether speaking wittily but compellingly or conducting authoritatively and movingly, he rarely puts a foot or word amiss. May this auspicious season-opener augur well for things to come.”
-Geoffrey Wieting (The Boston Musical Intelligencer)