Brookline is made even more livable by being near several colleges, universities, and cultural organizations. Many of the offerings are free and open to the public or available at a modest cost.
Arts CalendarsSeveral on-line arts calendars provide helpful listings of cultural events. Here are just three useful sites:
Arts Boston offers a comprehensive list of music, theater, dance, opera, and more – and will also, on request, send a daily email offering half-price tickets that can be picked up at a Bostix booth the next day. 617-262-8632
Boston.Com is the on-line calendar sponsored by the Boston Globe. You can narrow your search by asking for dance, music, theater, comedy, etc.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer is an online journal that provides a calendar of music events along with essays and reviews by critics.
Music in Brookline
Brookline Chorus is a 100-voice auditioned chorus that is gaining a reputation as one of Metro Boston's premier choral ensembles. The chorus presents four concerts a year. Tickets are $25 each and $20 for seniors.
Brookline Music School 617-277-4593 is the oldest and largest cultural institution in Brookline. Founded in 1924 by the Brookline Public Schools, it became a private organization in the 1940s and was incorporated as a private, nonprofit school in 1967. Faculty and students are regularly showcased in performances.
Brookline Symphony Orchestra After a ten-year hiatus, this orchestra has had a rebirth. In addition to three annual concerts, the group’s goals include performances at schools and nursing homes. Tickets are $10 with a $5 discount for students and seniors. Most concerts are at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street.
Coolidge Corner Community Chorus Open to singers of all levels and choral backgrounds. No auditions required. Its Bel Canto Singers offers more experienced members of the chorus an opportunity to work on more challenging a capella works. Concerts are in United Parish Church, 210 Harvard Street.
Music in the Brookline Library Six Sunday concerts, free of charge, at the Main Library. Schedule. 617-730-2370
Brookline Senior Center Presents varied musical offerings – everything from gospel, to jazz, to broadway, to classical performances. 617-730-2777.
Professional Music SchoolsVirtually every day during the concert season, musical performances abound at area colleges and universities – many of them free. In particular, schools that award degrees in music performance offer numerous concerts by faculty and students.
We are enriched by the presence in our midst of five professional music schools --
- Berklee College of Music 617-266-1400
- Boston Conservatory 617-536-6340
- Boston University College of Fine Arts 617-353-3341
- Longy School of Music 617-876-0956
- New England Conservatory 617-585-1260
CinemaMovie buffs know that there are several ways to see films at little or no cost in Brookline.
The Coolidge offers several support services, described here, for those with hearing difficulties.
290 Harvard Street
Telephones: 617-734-2500 (recording) 617-734-2501(office)
Movies at the Senior Center
Every Tuesday at 1:30 a current film is shown free of charge at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Come early for lunch – which must be reserved the day before by 11:00 a.m. (for Monday lunch, call the previous Friday). Call 617-730-2770 for lunch reservation.
Senior Cinema in the Libraries
Coolidge Corner Branch Library
offers a free film every Thursday, 1:30-4 PM, preceded by refreshments at 1:00 p.m.
31 Pleasant Street
Putterham Branch Library
offers a free film every Wednesday, 1:30-4 PM
959 West Roxbury Parkway, Chestnut Hill
There is an abundance of excellent theater in the Greater Boston Area, much of it very close to Brookline.
- Huntington Theatre Company 617-266-0800
- American Repertory Theatre 617-495-2668
- Lyric Stage Company of Boston 617-585-5678
- Speakeasy Stage Company 617-482-3279
- Company One 617-292-7110
- Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 617-353-5443
- Actors’ Shakespeare Project 617-776-2200
- Underground Railway Theater 617-576-9278
- Nora Theatre Company 617-576- 9278
- New Repertory Theatre 617-923-8487
- Boston Children’s Theater 617-424-6634
Theater ClubSeveral times a year, members of the Senior Center Theater Club attend performances at area theaters. The fee covers tickets and transportation from the Senior Center. For more information, call the Club’s founder and coordinator Ted Shamitz at 617-487-5573 or 617-935-4223 (cell).
Museums and Art Exhibits
Gallery 93 at the Senior CenterRound the year, art lovers can be found admiring the exhibits at the Senior Center (second floor balcony), where they can view one-man or one-woman shows of watercolors, charcoals, photographs, oil paintings, collages, and more. A reception opens each exhibit, which remains displayed for a three-month period, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. To receive notices of these art exhibits or to show your own work, contact .
Photographs of Heritage Trees and Scenic Vistas from Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace will be on display through December 30 in an exhibit by Erik Gehring. “These trees are some of the biggest and oldest tree specimens in the park,” says Gehring. The 20-photo exhibit displays trees in every season.
There are many other opportunities in Greater Boston to visit galleries and museums. Here are some of them:
- Brookline Arts Center 617-566-5715
- Boston University Art Gallery 617-353-3371
- Boston College McMullen Museum of Art 617-552-1800
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 617-566-1401
- Museum of Fine Arts 617-267-9300
- Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts 617-267-6100
- Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art 617-879-7000
- Boston Children’s Museum 617-426-6500
- Harvard Art Museums 617-495-9400
- MIT List Visual Arts Gallery 617-253-4680
- Museum of Science 617-723-2500
- Institute of Contemporary Art 617-478-3100
- Rose Museum at Brandeis 781-736-3434
- Decordova Museum 781-259-8355
- Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem 978-745-9500
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