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Recognizing music’s beneficial effects on the young, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra began the Landmarks Concerts for Children in 2002. Over 6,000 children, ranging in age from 4 to 12, have attended these programs over the past ten years. For many young audience members, Landmarks Orchestra’s Concerts for Children may be their first exposure to live orchestral music. As part of these programs, the orchestra has undertaken important artistic and educational initiatives that have resulted in commissions of a new classical work for children, a project unique among orchestras. The structural format of these pieces resembles Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, where a narrator tells the story and various orchestral instruments represent different characters. The Landmarks Orchestra sees the need for new classical works composed especially for young people and champions the cause of creating music that speaks directly to them. In its relatively short history, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra has premiered more than 14 new works, including six for children.

Starting in 2013, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra began commissioning new settings of the hymn “At the River,” which has become an unofficial anthem of the orchestra.

Commissions Timeline


2016 Elements by Gonzalo Grau

2016 Mabinte by Ryan Edwards and Patrick Greene

2016 Hermana Frontera (Sister Border) by Gonzalo Grau


2015 Andean Suite by Gonzalo Grau

2015 At the River by Francine Trester

2015 The Swordfishers by Donald Krishnaswami

2015 Cirandadas by Clarice Assad


2014 Griot Legacies by Trevor Weston

2014 At the River by Larry Thomas Bell

2013 The Queen and the Conjurer, Landmarks collaboration with the Conservatory Lab Charter School, work by Michael Gandolfi for double orchestra

2013 At the River by Anthony Paul De Ritis


2012 Viaje (Voyage) Afro-Caribbean Suite by Gonzalo Grau (additional movements composed in 2014)

2012 Caribeña (Caribbean) by Miguel del Aguila


2009 The Story of Frederick Law Olmsted by Thomas Oboe Lee, text by Nancy Stevenson

2008 John Adams: The Voice Heard ‘Round the World by Anthony DiLorenzo, text by Marion R. Carlson

2008 Speak, Sing, Whale by Stephen Feigenbaum


2007 David and ‘Old Ironsides’ by Larry Thomas Bell, text by Constance Leeds

2007 Absolutely Fearless for Orchestra and Children’s Chorus by Stephen Feigenbaum

2006 Lifting the Curse: A Story of the Red Sox by Julian Wachner, text by Bill Littlefield

2006 Dance Suite for Orchestra by Jeremiah Klarman


2005 Pluto by Thomas Oboe Lee

2005 The Journey of Phillis Wheatley by Nkeiru Okoye, text by Carolivia Herron

2005 Chamber Symphony by Michael Weinstein (joint project with New England Orchestra Consortium)


2004 The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Julian Wachner, text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2003 Make Way for Ducklings by Daniel Pinkham, text by Robert McCloskey


2002 Two Tajik Sentiments by Tolib Shahidi

2002 MAMBO!!! by Thomas Oboe Lee

2002 Three Benjamin Franklin Dances and May We Live in Peace by Patricia Van Ness