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AMS BOSTON 2019

About Boston

In 1858, in The Atlantic Monthly, Oliver Wendell Holmes referred satirically to Boston’s State House as “the hub of the solar system.” Although he meant this as a jab at Boston’s high opinion of itself, not only did the nickname stick, but ironically many Bostonians now refer to their city as “the hub of the universe.” Although this is said tongue-in-cheek, it reflects a genuine pride among locals in all that their city has to offer: a rich history, an extraordinarily vibrant cultural life, and beautiful landscapes.

Boston is the largest city in New England and among the oldest cities in the country. Founded by English Puritan settlers in 1630, the city and its immediate environs later saw some of the key events of the American Revolution, including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It has been the site of many national firsts, including the first public city park (Boston Common in 1634), the first public school (Boston Latin in 1635), the first free public lending library (1848), and the first subway system (1897). The AMS will visit Boston in the centennial year of one of the city’s most bizarre events: the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, in which twenty-one people perished and 150 were injured when a large tank of molasses burst and flooded the streets of the city’s North End.

Boston is known as an international center of higher education, research, and medicine. Harvard College was founded in neighboring Cambridge in 1636, the first of what would grow to be over one hundred colleges and universities in Massachusetts, at least thirty-five of which are located within the city of Boston itself. Other institutions in the area include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Boston College, and Wellesley College. Boston is home to several institutions of higher learning devoted specifically to music, including the New England Conservatory (the oldest continuously operating, independent conservatory in the country), Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Berklee College of Music.

Boston is a fabulous city for classical music and the performing arts. In addition to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Boston Pops, it is home to the Handel and Haydn Society (founded in 1815), Boston Baroque, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, and numerous other ensembles, as well as the Boston Lyric Opera. It is also home to the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, one of the country’s most well-regarded youth ensemble programs. Emmanuel Music performs an ongoing Bach cantata series on Sundays at Emmanuel Church. Symphony Hall, built in 1900 and home to the BSO and Pops, was one of the first concert spaces designed according to scientific principles of acoustics, and it is still considered one of the finest halls in the world. On any given evening or weekend in Boston, one may find numerous musical events to choose from, often including free professional-grade concerts at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall or at other neighboring academic institutions.

Although some things have changed since the last time the AMS met in Boston (1998), much remains the same, including the crisp New England autumn air, perfect for a walk along the Charles River or on the Boston Common. The AMS venue, the Westin Waterfront Hotel, is located in the Seaport District, convenient to South Station, Logan Airport, and many transportation options.

We look forward to welcoming the AMS to Boston in 2019!

—Jacquelyn Sholes


 

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