The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will host its annual music Gala on June 18th at 6:00 pm. This year’s event will be particularly special as the orchestra honors it long-time overseer, Adelaide “Smoki” Bacon, and celebrates her 86½ birthday.
Taking place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, which overlooks the Charles River, the event promises to be a Who’s Who of Boston’s most important people. The 40 years that Bacon and her husband, Dick Concannon, oversaw the orchestra and served as leaders of other community events and organizations, they have become friends or colleagues with nearly every important person in Boston. The pair has also played a role in nearly every important event the city has hosted. The two are also long recognized for having played an important role in helping the city become what it is today.
Founded in 2001 by the late Charles Ansbacher, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra strives to make the arts a significant part of the lives of all people. In its early years of formation, the orchestra perfumed at places such as the USS CONSTITUTION pier, Fenway Park, Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond, Boston Common, Copley Square and other historically important settings. Since 2007, however, the orchestra has primarily performed at the DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell.
Christopher Wilkins was appointed to Music Director soon after Ansbacher’s death in September 2010. Wilkins son created the first Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, after which the orchestra implemented a number of features to make the orchestra more accessible. These include offering braille and large-type concert programs, creating talking websites and sending out volunteer ambassadors to assist those with mobility issues. The orchestra also collaborated with Boston Lyric Opera to host an American Sign Language interpreted performance and then later began working with interpreters as performers.
Currently, Wilkins’ goal is to provide residents within all of the city’s 20 neighborhoods with opportunities to become involved with the program by 2020. To help achieve this goal, the orchestra has started its Notes in the Neighborhoods program, which is a series of outreach programs and concerts that are meant to reach out to young people and adults. The orchestra is also collaborating with a number of organizations, including the Museum of African America History and the Conservatory Lab Charter School. Music students from schools such as the Longy School of Music and Bard College, the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music participate in these outreach programs.
Tickets for the Gala event honoring Smoki Bacon are $250 each, with proceeds going toward helping the orchestra and its mission. Cocktails start at 6:00 pm, while the dinner and program begins at 7:00. Tickets may be purchased from the website or by calling (617) 987-2000.