BEST OUTDOOR CONCERT of 2018

In her December 14, 2018 column, Boston Globe writer Zoë Madonna named our July 18, 2018 concert as the winner!  The Opening Night concert featured Boston Landmarks Orchestra performing Gustav Holsts’s “The Planets”, and a new work – “Pegasus Promenade” – by composer Gonzalo Grau and students from ZUMIX.

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On Mic with Jordan Rich

Check out Boston Landmarks Orchestra‘s most recent interview with Jordan Rich in his podcast series,
On Mic with Jordan Rich!

Please join us for a Special Event:

July 23, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
WBUR CitySpace
Who Should Sing “Ol’ Man River”?
Portraying Race Through Musical Theatre and the Concert Stage in 2019
*This event is free to attend, but seating is limited. Click here to reserve your seat!* 

In advance of our Deep River concert on July 31, please join us for a public panel discussion on the iconic musical Show Boat, and the portrayal of race relations on the musical stage today. For more information about this Special Event, click here to visit our Current Season page.

WE’VE MOVED!

As of January 15, 2019, our new office is located at 545 Concord Avenue, Suite 318 in Cambridge, MA 02138.
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Tune Up Party child with face paint and violinJuly 10, 2019 6:00 – 8:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
“Season Tune-Up” Party
Join us at the Hatch Shell one week before the concerts begin for an evening of family fun and musical games at our second annual Tune Up Party! Try out real orchestral instruments at our largest “Musical Playground” ever, practice your conducting skills at the “Maestro Zone” to recordings of some favorite classics, get your face painted, eat some snacks, and enjoy exhibits from our friends at the Boston Children’s MuseumKnucklebones, and more.

Sponsored by
The Free for All Concert Fund.

July 17, 2019 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Symphonic Space Odyssey: 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

In partnership with the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium

ATTENTION: The concert has been moved to NEC’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115,) Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 PM.

John Adams’ sonic ball-of-fire launches a program that features two intensely vibrant film scores. Dvořák’s fairytale love song is a meditation on the heavens, as is Leroy Anderson’s summer reverie composed for Arthur Fiedler. Thus Spake Zarathustra—which traces the spiritual evolution of mankind—opens with one of the most recognizable moments in all of music. It was the soundtrack for the opening minutes of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Sponsored by
The Boston Foundation.

July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Longwood Symphony Orchestra is Boston’s orchestra of doctors and health-care professionals that helps raise money and awareness for healthcare nonprofits. Longwood Symphony has established the Healing Art of Music™ program, an award-winning business model that collaborates with some of Boston’s most reputable non-profit organizations to help raise funds for the community’s medically underserved. Under Music Director Ronald Feldman, the Longwood Symphony presents a program of orchestral works to be announced.

July 31, 2019 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Deep River

African American spirituals—revered today as essential anthems of the American experience—sing of oppression while glorifying freedom. We Need to Talk by Fred Onovwerosuoke shines light on race relations through the prism of music and poetry. Jerome Kern’s 1927 musical Show Boat introduced racial themes in forward-looking ways. Today it remains a beloved classic of American musical theater, while provoking both admiration and controversy.

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Sponsored by
Encore Boston Harbor.

August 7, 2019 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Mercury Orchestra

National winner of the 2010 American Prize for Orchestral Performance in the community orchestra division, Mercury Orchestra performs great works in the symphonic repertoire. Under Music Director Channing Yu, the Mercury Orchestra performs two rarely-heard orchestral works: Charles Villiers Stanford, Phaudrig Crohoore (An Irish Ballad) with chorus, and Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor. Beach’s work was the first symphony composed and published by a female American composer, and it premiered in Boston in October 1896. Both works make a connection with Boston’s storied Irish heritage.

 

August 14, 2019 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Annual Green Concert

In partnership with the New England Aquarium

Stunningly evocative music accompanies dramatic landscapes captured in film and photography. David Arnold’s photographic essay on climate change stuns with its beauty and shocks with its implications. The music of Vaughan Williams’s Sinfonia antartica—first conceived as a film score—accompanies a new film shot entirely in Antarctica. Reverence for nature and a sense of foreboding reverberate in Dvořák’s masterpiece, his seventh symphony.

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August 21, 2019 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell

Landmarks Dance Night

Music to move by from diverse cultures. Love, magicians, and ghosts haunt the flamenco ballet, El amor brujo, inspired by tales of the Romani people. The rhythms of Haiti and Vodou culture, and the drumming of the West African diaspora inspire Bostonians of disparate backgrounds to dance, from amateurs to established professionals. The brilliant young professionals of Boston Ballet II close the 2019 season performing to The Dance of the Hours, a perennial Arthur Fiedler favorite.

Sponsored by
Arbella Insurance Foundation.

 

Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 6:00pm
Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain
Free Family Concert and Musical Playground
Our annual performance at the beautiful Pinebank Promontory, adjacent to Jamaica Pond, presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This event will also include a musical instrument playground.

2019 Landmarks Gala

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Royal Sonesta Hotel

Join us in honoring the legacy of Maestro Arthur Fiedler and the 90th anniversary of free concerts at the Hatch Shell, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation for its dedication and stewardship of the Hatch Shell!
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For People with Disabilities

Boston Landmarks Orchestra believes in breaking down barriers for all people. We are proud to be a Mass. Cultural Council UP Organization.

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Free for All

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

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The Landmarks Orchestra believes that Boston—like every great city—deserves a summer series of free orchestral performances. Though the concerts are free to the public, they are not free to produce. Your gift will help support free concerts at the Hatch Shell and throughout Boston this summer, and every summer!

NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERTS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is proud to present music education programs and family concerts to engage the hearts and minds of young people and adults throughout Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.