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Announcing our 2019 Season!

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
Charles River Esplanade, Boston

 

 

July 10, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
“Season Tune-Up” Party

Tune Up Party child with face paint and violinJoin 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:

Free for All Concert Fund

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July 17, 2019 at 7:00pm
Symphonic Space Odyssey: 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

A celebration in music and live video of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing with the Museum of Science and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. For one night only, this family-friendly evening honors the historic event by pairing custom visuals produced by the Hayden Planetarium with symphonic music inspired by the moon and outer space.

John Adams’ sonic ball-of-fire launches a program that features two intensely vibrant film scores alongside 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.

Pre-concert prelude by musicians from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble, including works by Valerie Coleman at approximately 6:20 p.m.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
In partnership with Museum of Science‘s Charles Hayden Planetarium
Michael Andrew, vocalist
Sirgourney Cook, soprano

John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Leroy Anderson Summer Skies
Richard Strauss Thus Spake Zarathustra
Joaquín Rodrigo In Search of What Lies Beyond
Dvořák ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka
John Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Philip Glass Icarus at the Edge of Time (excerpt)

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Rain Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019. If it rains on July 18 as well, the concert will be held at First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm
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.

Longwood Symphony Orchestra | Ronald Feldman, conductor

If it rains, this concert will be cancelled.

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July 31, 2019 at 7:00pm
Deep River

African American spirituals—revered today as essential anthems of the American experience—sing of oppression while glorifying freedom. Boston Landmarks Orchestra performs a selection of songs and spirituals by African American composers. We Need to Talk by Fred Onovwerosuoke shines light on race relations through the prism of music and poetry. The songs will be followed by a concert suite of excerpts and narration from Jerome Kern’s 1927 musical Show Boat. The musical introduced racial themes in forward-looking ways on the Broadway stage. Today it remains a beloved classic of American musical theater, while provoking both admiration and controversy.

The program features the One City Choir, a large symphonic choir comprising committed and passionate singers from all of Boston’s 23 neighborhoods and surrounding communities. The choir takes its name from the words of Boston civic leader Hubie Jones, who has advocated that “Boston can be one city through arts and culture.”

The concert is the culmination of a series of discussions and outreach events focusing on the history of race relations on the Broadway stage, and the role that African American music has played in shaping American culture. A panel discussion will be announced shortly, and will feature Emmett G. Price III, Dean and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Landmarks Orchestra board member and former Boston Public Schools Executive Director for the Arts Myran Parker-Brass, as well as Milton Wright, retired District Court Judge, Landmarks Orchestra Trustee and Music Director of Black Nativity.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Coro Allegro | David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
One City Choir | David F. Coleman, choirmaster
Members of New England Spiritual Ensemble
Boston String Academy
Jonas Budris, tenor
Matthew DiBattista, tenor
Sirgourney Cook, soprano
Jennifer Ellis, soprano
Davron S. Monroe, tenor
Tai Oney, countertenor
Alvy Powell, bass-baritone

William Grant Still Festive Overture 
Morton Gould Sprituals for Strings (excerpts)
Traditional, arr. Bonds Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Traditional, arr. Bonds He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand
Fred Onovwerosuoke We Need to Talk
Jerome Kern Show Boat in Concert

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team

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Rain Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019. If it rains on August 1 as well, the concert will be held at First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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August 7, 2019 at 7:00pm
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.

Mercury Orchestra | Channing Yu, Music Director

Charles Villiers Stanford Phaudrig Crohoore, Op. 62 (An Irish Ballad)
Amy Beach Symphony in E Minor, Op. 32 “Gaelic”

 

If it rains, this concert will be cancelled.

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August 14, 2019 at 7:00pm
Annual Green Concert

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the New England Aquarium present a moving and thought-provoking orchestral program paired with videos of the environmental impacts of climate change. Stunningly evocative music accompanies dramatic landscapes captured in film and photography. David Arnold’s photographic essay on climate change astounds 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.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
In partnership with New England Aquarium

Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sinfonia antartica (Symphony No. 7)
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team

Rain Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019. If it rains on August 15 as well, the concert will be held at First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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August 21, 2018 at 7:00pm
Landmarks Dance Night

Landmarks Dance Night brings music to move by from diverse cultures to the Hatch Shell. 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.

Students from Conservatory Lab Charter School perform with Boston Landmarks Orchestra and soloists from Castle of our Skins. Students from Camp Harbor View will cap off a summer of unlocking creativity and potential with a performance of a new work they will co-compose musicians Jake Gunnar Walsh and Devin Ferreira and choreographer Chanel Thompson. Special lighting and commissioned projections will illuminate the surfaces of the Hatch Shell behind and around the orchestra.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Boston Ballet II
Camp Harbor View
Jean Appolon Expressions
Yosi Karahashi, flamenco dancer
Castle of our Skins, Ashleigh Gordon, Executive & Artistic Director
Conservatory Lab Charter School

Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G minor & No. 6 in D major
Florence Price Juba Dance & Finale from Symphony No. 1
Manuel de Falla El amor brujo (1925 version)
Jake Gunnar Walsh & Devin Ferreira New Work for Camp Harbor View
Anthony Green Choucoune
Traditional, orch. Grau Papa Loko
Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Amilcare Ponchielli
‘Dance of the Hours’ from La Gioconda

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Rain Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019. If it rains on August 22 as well, the concert will be held at an indoor venue to be announced.

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

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A full schedule of Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Program events will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

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