Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performing in Jordan Hall (© Daderot/Google Images, Creative Commons)
Founded in 1867, this local conservatory is the country’s oldest independent school of music, and today its faculty and alumni are members of international ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There is always a large roster of concerts and events, from the popular "First Monday at Jordan Hall" series to faculty seminars and master classes. Full schedule online. Tickets vary, many are free.