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Announcing Our 2015 Season

Great music for free!

 

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
Charles River Esplanade, Boston




July 15 at 7:00 pm
*Moved to rain location: Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston

 

Program Booklet

Text-to-Speech Program Booklet


Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green
Mysteries of the sea resonate in Debussy’s La Mer and Hovhaness’s And God Created Great Whales, a work featuring actual whale songs provided by the New England Aquarium. Hometown favorite Jayne West performs Berklee Professor Francine Trester’s gorgeous new setting of At the River. And Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts’s miniature tone poem River's Rush flows with melodic waves and swirling orchestral color.
Jayne West, soprano

At the River (World Premiere)
Francine Trester

The Hebrides
Felix Mendelssohn

And God Created Great Whales*
Alan Hovhaness

River’s Rush (New England Premiere)
Kevin Puts

La Mer
Claude Debussy


*recorded humpback whale songs provided by Dr. Salvatore Cerchio, courtesy of the New England Aquarium

 

Prior to the decision to move indoors, we had planned to hold our annual pre-concert Environmental Awareness Fair, in partnership with organizations from throughout the area that work to preserve and protect the world we live in. Read this year's list of partners.




July 22 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm)

Fiesta Sinfónica
Salsa meets symphony when Alex Alvear’s “pocket-sized salsa orchestra” heats up the Esplanade again this summer. From mambo to merengue, the spirit of dance permeates an evening of Latin symphonic music. Boston’s leading performers of Latin jazz are joined by the folkloric dancers of BAJUCOL and the gifted young musicians of the Conservatory Lab Charter School.
Alex Alvear & Salsa Band
Dudamel Orchestra of the Conservatory Lab Charter School (Christopher Schroeder, director)
BAJUCOL Folkloric Ballet (Miguel Vargas, director)

El salón México
Aaron Copland

'Jungle Jaunt' & 'The Mestizo Waltz'
 from Three Latin American Dances
Gabriela Lena Frank

Mambo Concierto (New England Premiere)
Alice Gómez

Suite Peruana en Tres Sabores (World Premiere)
(Peruvian Suite in Three Flavors)
Gonzalo Grau

Viaje (Voyage) - Excerpt
for Latin Combo, Symphony Orchestra, and Soloists
Gonzalo Grau




July 29 at 7:00 pm

Longwood Symphony Orchestra: A Night at the Ballet
Ronald Feldman, music director

The annual performance at the Hatch Shell by Boston’s medical community orchestra, always an innovator in programming and community engagement. This year’s program “A Night at the Ballet” features familiar ballet music including Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Firebird, and Offenbach’s delightful Gaîté Parisienne. Music Director Ronald Feldman conducts.

The Firebird
Igor Stravinsky

Gaîté Parisienne
Jacques Offenbach

Albert Schweitzer Portrait
Gene Scheer
His Excellency, Governor Charlie Baker, narrator




August 5 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm)

Italian Night
The Golden Age of Italian opera is about passion writ large. Its music now occupies a central place on the concert stages of the world. The thrilling voices of two stars of American opera join a coalition of outstanding Boston-area choruses. One of Fellini’s greatest films luxuriates in the festive and lyrical music of Nino Rota—who later composed music for The Godfather.
Barbara Shirvis, soprano
Stephen Powell, baritone
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale (Scott Allen Jarrett, music director)
North End Music and Performing Arts Center
HONK! DisOrchestra Magnifico

Pagliacci: Prologue
Ruggero Leoncavallo

Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo & “Regina coeli”
Pietro Mascagni

Otello: “Dove guardi” & Iago’s Credo
Giuseppe Verdi

Tosca: Te Deum
Giacomo Puccini

La strada: Ballet Suite (excerpts)
Nino Rota

Nabucco: Overture and “Va, pensiero”
Verdi

Aida: Ballet and Triumphal March
Verdi




August 12 at 7:00 pm
(rain location: TBD)

Sheherazade Meets Clarice Assad
Brazilian composer, pianist and vocalist Clarice Assad creates a joyful collaboration with neighborhood ensembles in music inspired by folk dance, storytelling and memories of childhood. Sheherazade, the vibrant symphonic poem based on One Thousand and One Nights is the well-loved creation of Rimsky-Korsakov who, as a Russian naval officer, once set anchor in Rio de Janeiro.
Clarice Assad, piano and vocals
Keita Ogawa, percussion
ZUMIX, Grooversity
Camp Harbor View


Batuque
Oscar Lorenzo Fernández

 

Mother Goose (complete ballet)
Maurice Ravel

 

Cirandadas (World Premiere)
Clarice Assad

Sheherazade
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov




August 19 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm)

Drums Along the Charles
The Esplanade resounds with rhythms and dances of many ages and cultures. The Swordfishers features replicas of ancient stone instruments fashioned by a New England culture that thrived thousands of years ago. The Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists marks the orchestra’s first performance of music by Philip Glass, one of America’s most influential composers. Rachmaninoff’s final work—the brilliant and rhapsodic Symphonic Dances—caps the night.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Yawkey Club of Roxbury
Jeffrey Fischer, Robert Schulz, timpanists

Sabre Dance from Gayane
Aram Khachaturian

The Swordfishers (World Premiere)
Donald Krishnaswami

Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists (New England Premiere)
Philip Glass

Symphonic Dances
Sergei Rachmaninoff




August 26 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company present: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Stage and musical stars of Boston collaborate in the most celebrated of all musical scores written for a classic play. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most renowned, the most successful, and the most perfect incidental music in history. The famed Wedding March signals the story’s happy ending even though “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream a fully staged production
music by Felix Mendelssohn
play by William Shakespeare

Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Sunday, July 12 at 6 pm
Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain
Clarice Assad and Friends will join musicians from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a free concert next to Jamaica Pond. The event, which is presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy will also include an Instrument Playground.

Friday, August 14 at 12 pm *please note change of venue
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown
Clarice Assad and Friends will join musicians from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a free concert at the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown on August 14 as part of The Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays initiative.

Thanks in part to a grant from The League of American Orchestras and New Music USA, Clarice Assad will be in Boston for residencies with the Landmarks Orchestra in July and August. She will lead interactive workshops at Camp Harbor View, Grooversity, and ZUMIX. Young performers from these groups will join her and the Landmarks Orchestra for the concert at the Hatch Shell on August 12.

More community events will be announced soon!


 

 

We are grateful to the Free for All Concert Fund for its contribution to the orchestra.