Backstage with Brian Bell:
The Symphony Hall Organ Restoration

As the Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes new music director James Levine, Brian Bell highlights another anticipated debut, Symphony Hall's newly restored pipe organ. Levine showcases the organ as he takes the podium to begin his tenure, leading the BSO in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, known as "Symphony of a Thousand."

Built for Symphony Hall in 1900 and modified in 1949 — a restoration that thinned out the sound to achieve more clarity and brilliance — the organ had fallen into disrepair. In interviews with BSO artistic director Anthony Fogg, BSO organist James David Christie, and Michael Foley of the organ building firm Foley-Baker, Brian tells the story of the 100-year-old organ and its 10,000 parts.

ListenHear about the restoration of the organ at Symphony Hall (9:36)