The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is putting on a number of free concerts this summer, with the first concert taking place on July 16th. The free concerts, which will take place at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, will then take place every Wednesday through until August 27th. With each concert starting at 7:00 pm, it is time to mark your calendars as you make plans for Wednesday evenings with the orchestra.
Founded with the goal to bring music to the lives of as many people as possible, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra puts on the free summer concert series every year. The July 16th Opening Night, Carmina burana, will feature a collaborative effort between the Boston Landmarks Orchestra conductor Christopher Wilkins and the Back Bay Chorale music director Scott Allen Jarrett. The event will also feature the One City Choir, which is comprised of adults from all over the city.
The July 23rd event, Fiesta sinfonica, will be a Latin music and dance extravaganza that is a collaborative effort between Wilkins and IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion as well as the Conservatory Lab Charter School’s Dudamel Orchestra. The Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will also be part of the event, as will the a salsa orchestra comprised of members of Boston’s Latino community.
The Longwood Symphony with conductor Ronald Feldman will be performing on July 30th, while David Angus will be leading the Boston Lyric Opera on August 6th. The August 6th event will feature excerpts and scenes from operas by Mozart, Verdi and many more. It will also offer a sneak peak into the company’s new season.
August 13th will feature a collaboration between Wilkins and the Museum of African American History, the One City Youth Choir and the New England Spiritual Ensemble as they perform a show entitled From the New World: The Legacy of the Spirituals. The following Wednesday, August 20th, will feature a “green” concert appropriate named Rhapsody in Green. For this event, Wilkins and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform music that elicits visions of green and cooling shades while spotlighting environmental organizations from around the state.
The final show, O’er the Land of the Free: Bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner, will take place on August 27th. At this event, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will collaborate with the 1812 Marine Guard for the USS CONSTITUTION as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.
The Hatch Shell offers a laid-back atmosphere where people are free to bring children, picnics and even their dogs. Young attendees are also encouraged to hang out in the Maestro Zone, which is an area to the side of the stage where they are invited to help “lead” the orchestra with a straw that is provided to them. The Maestro Zone even has the score readily available to view while conducting.
The DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade is located at 47 David G. Mugar Way in Boston, which is on the east end of Sorrow Drive near Mass General Hospital. While there is no parking on Sorrow Drive, there is public parking available at the Boston Common Garage and in the Charles Circle Laz Parking Lot next to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. There is also a handicap drop off point behind the Hatch Shell.