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Attending a Landmarks Orchestra Concert
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s venue at the DCR’s Hatch Shell is known for its laid back, welcoming, non-traditional ambiance for an orchestral concert. People bring picnics, children, and even their dogs. A Landmarks concert at the Hatch Shell has a feeling of celebration about it. Added to that, Christopher Wilkins has set up what he calls the Maestro Zone, an area to the side of the stage where young people and the young at heart can follow the lead of the orchestra’s associate conductor in leading the orchestra. Participants are given a straw and can even look at the score which is placed in front of them. Long lines await their turn to see what it’s like to give a downbeat.
2016 “Tips for Attending”
Packing a Picnic and Other Tips for Enjoying Your Experience at the DCR’s Hatch Shell
- Make the perfect dish – the choice is yours.
- Put all the food in a see through bag – it will be faster to get through security and coolers on wheels are a “no-no.”
- Use sealed plastic containers for beverages. Alcohol is not allowed at any DCR park.
- Bring your folding or beach chair, if you’d like, but you’re also welcome to rent a folding chair at the Landmarks Information Tent.
- Spread the goodies out on a blanket or tarp. Be sure it’s no bigger than 10’ x 12’.
- Gates open at 5:30 PM, so come early for a great spot. There are entrances near the Hatch Shell, at the foot of the Arthur Fiedler Bridge and one near the concession stand. If you aren’t carrying anything, go through the “No Bags” express line.
- Bathrooms are on site behind the Hatch Shell.
- Take the T. Arlington and Charles Street stations are the closest. There is no parking on Storrow Drive, but there is a handicapped drop-off point. Paid parking is available at the LAZ Parking Lot at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Boston Common Garage.
- Bring your kids in strollers or on foot and give them an opportunity to conduct in the Maestro Zone.
- Check the weather the day of the concert on this page starting at 4 pm, or with our partners at WCVB TV. You can also download our mobile app for push notifications.