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
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)
And God Created Great Whales*
River’s Rush (New England Premiere)
*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)
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
'Jungle Jaunt' & 'The Mestizo Waltz'
from Three Latin American Dances
Gabriela Lena Frank
Mambo Concierto (New England Premiere)
Suite Peruana en Tres Sabores (World Premiere)
(Peruvian Suite in Three Flavors)
Viaje (Voyage) - Excerpt
for Latin Combo, Symphony Orchestra, and Soloists
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.
Albert Schweitzer Portrait
His Excellency, Governor Charlie Baker, narrator
August 5 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm)
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
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo & “Regina coeli”
Otello: “Dove guardi” & Iago’s Credo
Tosca: Te Deum
La strada: Ballet Suite (excerpts)
Nabucco: Overture and “Va, pensiero”
Aida: Ballet and Triumphal March
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
Camp Harbor View
Oscar Lorenzo Fernández
Mother Goose (complete ballet)
Cirandadas (World Premiere)
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
The Swordfishers (World Premiere)
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists (New England Premiere)
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!