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Film Screening: “On the Town”
Wednesday, August 3 at dusk
DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

Check out this wonderful video preview of our recent Pictures at an Exhibition concert from our friends at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA!

July 13 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green
Music of the wilds and the countryside. Tan Dun’s Secret of Wind and Birds mimics sounds and colors found in nature. Michael Gandolfi’s tribute to a garden in Scotland follows a tradition first established by Respighi with his brilliant Pines of Rome.
Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

July 20 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Pictures at an Exhibition
An evening honoring the life and passions of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Highlights from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collection and images from the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA—projected above the orchestra—are shown in coordination with the music. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is performed in Ravel’s masterful orchestration.
Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

July 27 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Verdi and Valkyries
One of the greatest dramatic singers of her generation, Jane Eaglen, soprano, headlines a powerhouse program. Highlights from Wagner’s Ring include The Ride of the Valkyries and the dramatic final scene of the cycle. The stirring Anvil Chorus precedes the New England premiere of Verdi’s Libera me, which five years later he transformed into the dramatic conclusion of the Requiem.
Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

August 3 (start time TBA)
DCR’s Hatch Shell

Special Film Screening:
On the Town

The classic 1949 movie musical On the Town, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Ann Miller. The film is based on the 1944 Broadway musical by Leonard Bernstein—inspired by his ballet Fancy Free. Hit songs such as ‘New York, New York’ and Kelly’s iconic dancing are among the highlights.

August 10 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Landmarks Lollapalooza
Musical treats from Gershwin to Adams to Grieg accompany the great Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky. All-Stars from East Boston’s ZUMIX unveil their new pop-inspired creation. The night comes to a fitting close in collaboration with the one-and-only HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands.

August 17 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell

Footloose and Fancy Free
A celebration of American and international dance. Bernstein’s Fancy Free takes pride of place in an original interpretation by Yo-El Cassell and Boston-based performers. Youth from area Boys and Girls Clubs will “shake the Shell” along with outstanding companies of Armenian and Latin American dancers.

August 24 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Longwood Symphony Orchestra
The annual performance at the Hatch Shell by Boston’s medical community orchestra, always an innovator in programming and community engagement. Promoting music as a healing art, the Longwood Symphony serves the Greater Boston area through performances and programming related to their professions. Ronald Feldman conducts.

August 31 at 7:00pm
DCR’s Hatch Shell
Rodgers and Hart’s
The Boys from Syracuse
A Concert Performance—with music and dance
In collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
A landmark Broadway musical from the swing era is reborn on the Esplanade. The Boys from Syracuse, based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, is often considered the finest of all Rodgers and Hart creations. Its hit songs include ‘Falling in Love with Love,’ ‘Sing for Your Supper,’ and ‘This Can’t Be Love.’

2016 Landmarks Gala

Saturday, October 1 at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston – honoring Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Music Director Christopher Wilkins! Read more

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