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Boston Landmarks Orchestra builds community through great music. We engage artists of color, women, and young people as composers, performers, and partners.
“…indeed, as important as the performance’s fine musicality, the event reiterated the civic institutions that are at the core of arts and music in Boston. [This] was a program meant to serve the entire Boston community.”
– Sudeep Agarwala, The Boston Music Intelligencer (August 2018)
Who We Are
Conductor and community advocate Charles Ansbacher founded the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in 2001. It is now made up of many of the area’s finest professional musicians. Since the beginning, we have performed throughout the neighborhoods of Boston, mainly in the summertime. When the orchestra began a regular concert series at the DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade in 2007, our audience size grew quickly. Now, we now host thousands of people at the park along the Charles River on a weekly basis.
Where We Got Our Name
Our name comes from the close connection the orchestra has to Boston’s public spaces. We started our very first concerts at many Landmark locations in the area. For example, we have performed on the Boston Common, in the Charlestown Navy Yard, and atop the bullpens in Fenway Park, to name a few. We perform regularly in public parks, youth centers, and under-served neighborhoods throughout the city as well.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra believes being creative and having fun while making music. Every performance is designed to be as approachable as possible, with story lines and visual elements to add excitement to the concert experience. Additionally, nearly every week we collaborate with other Boston artists and organizations.
In recent years, the orchestra has become a leader in promoting accessibility and inclusiveness. Our Breaking Down Barriers initiative—serving people who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, and those limited in mobility—has earned the UP Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, for example. The Landmarks Orchestra is one of the first orchestras to receive this distinction.
Our Orchestra is part Boston tradition, part Beantown innovation. That is to say, it has become an essential part of summertime in Boston.