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Previous Seasons at the DCR’s Hatch Shell

2015 Season

July 15 at 7:00pm 
at Emmanuel Church
Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green

2015_RiverMysteries of the sea resonate in Debussy’s La Mer and Hovhaness’s And God Created Great Whales, a work featuring actual whale songs provided by the New England Aquarium. Hometown favorite Jayne West performs Berklee Professor Francine Trester’s gorgeous new setting of At the River. Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts’s miniature tone poem River’s Rush flows with melodic waves and whirling orchestral color.

Jayne West, soprano
Whale Songs provided by the New England Aquarium
ASL interpretation provided

Francine Trester 

At the River (World Premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn The Hebrides
Alan Hovhaness And God Created Great Whales
Kevin Puts River’s Rush (New England Premiere)

Claude Debussy La Mer

Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

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July 22 at 7:00pm 
(rain date: Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm)

Fiesta sinfónica

2015_fiestaSalsa meets symphony as Alex Alvear’s “pocket-sized salsa orchestra” heats up the Esplanade again this summer. From mambo to merengue, the spirit of dance permeates an evening of Latin symphonic music. Boston’s leading performers of Latin jazz are joined by the folkloric dancers of BAJUCOL and the gifted young musicians of the Conservatory Lab Charter School.

Alex Alvear & Salsa Band
Dudamel Orchestra of the Conservatory Lab Charter School (Christopher Schroeder, director)
BAJUCOL Folkloric Ballet (Miguel Vargas, director)

Aaron Copland El salón México
Gabriela Lena Frank  “Jungle Jaunt” & “The Mestizo Waltz” from Three Latin American Dances
Alice Gómez Mambo Concierto (New England Premiere)
Gonzalo Grau Suite peruana en tres sabores (Peruvian Suite in Three Flavors)
Gonzalo Grau Viaje (Voyage) – Excerpt 
for Latin Combo, Symphony Orchestra, and Soloists

Program Booklet
Program Booklet (Spanish)
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

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July 29 at 7:00pm
Longwood Symphony Orchestra: A Night at the Ballet
(rain location: Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury St, Boston)

Ronald Feldman, music director

july29The annual performance at the Hatch Shell by Boston’s medical community orchestra, always an innovator in programming and community engagement. This year’s program “A Night at the Ballet” features familiar ballet music including Offenbach’s delightful “Can-can” from Orphée aux enfers. Music Director Ronald Feldman conducts.

Gene Scheer Albert Schweitzer Portrait
Léo Delibes Sylvia
Léo Delibes
Amilcare Ponchielli
La Gioconda
Aaron Copland
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake Suite
Jacques Offenbach Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld)

Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

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August 5 at 7:00pm
 (rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm)
Italian Night

Concert on the EsplanadeThe Golden Age of Italian opera is about passion writ large. Its music now occupies a central place on the concert stages of the world. The thrilling voices of two stars of American opera join a coalition of outstanding Boston-area choruses. One of Fellini’s greatest films luxuriates in the festive and lyrical music of Nino Rota—who later composed music for The Godfather and musicians from the famous Honk! festival of activist street bands..

Barbara Shirvis, soprano
Stephen Powell, baritone
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale (Scott Allen Jarrett, music director)
North End Music and Performing Arts Center
Honk! Festival Musicians

Ruggero Leoncavallo Pagliacci: Prologue

Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo & “Regina coeli”
Giuseppe Verdi Otello: “Dove guardi” & Iago’s Credo   
Giuseppe Verdi
Giacomo Puccini Tosca: Te Deum
Nino Rota La strada: Ballet Suite (excerpts)

Verdi Nabucco: Overture and “Va, pensiero”

Verdi Aida: Ballet and Triumphal March

Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

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August 12 at 7:00pm
 (rain location Emmanuel Church)
Sheherazade Meets Clarice Assad

For Placement OnlyBrazilian pianist, vocalist, and Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Clarice Assad creates a joyful collaboration with neighborhood ensembles in music inspired by folk dance, storytelling and memories of childhood. Sheherazade, the vibrant symphonic poem based on One Thousand and One Nights is the well-loved creation of Rimsky-Korsakov who, as a Russian naval officer, once set anchor in Rio de Janeiro.

Clarice Assad, piano and vocals
Keita Ogawa, percussion
ZUMIX, Grooversity
Camp Harbor View

Oscar Lorenzo Fernández Batuque
Maurice Ravel Mother Goose (complete ballet)
Clarice Assad Assad Selected Works

Assad Cirandadas (World Premiere)
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

The Residency of Clarice Assad is made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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August 19 at 7:00pm 
(rain date: Thursday, August 20 at 7:00pm)
Drums Along the Charles

Musicians of Landmarks OrchestraThe Esplanade resounds with rhythms and dances of many ages and cultures. The Swordfishers features replicas of ancient stone instruments fashioned by a New England culture that thrived thousands of years ago. The Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists marks the orchestra’s first performance of music by Philip Glass, one of America’s most influential composers. Rachmaninoff’s final work—the brilliant and rhapsodic Symphonic Dances—caps the night.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Yawkey Club of Roxbury
Jeffrey Fischer, Robert Schulz, timpanists

Aram Khachaturian Sabre Dance from Gayane
Donald Krishnaswami The Swordfishers (World Premiere)
Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists (New England Premiere)
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

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August 26 at 7:00pm (rain date: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company present: 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

aug26Stage and musical stars of Boston collaborate in the most celebrated of all musical scores written for a classic play. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most renowned, the most successful, and the most perfect incidental music in history. The famed Wedding March signals the story’s happy ending even though “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream a fully staged production
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Play by William Shakespeare

Program Booklet
Text-to-Speech Program Booklet

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Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm
at Sanders Theatre

45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
A Landmarks Free-for-All
A Special Concert in Memory of Fay Chandler

Fay Chandler

Boston Landmarks Orchestra pays tribute to visual artist, social justice activist, philanthropist, and true renaissance woman Fay Chandler, who passed away on March 3, 2015. Our program features an eclectic collection of pieces and genres dear to Fay, including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, film music from Lonesome Dove, music by Boston composer Larry Bell, and, fittingly, Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.

Program Booklet

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Sunday, July 12 at 6:00pm
Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain

Clarice Assad, piano and vocals
Keita Ogawa, percussion
Musicians of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Clarice Assad and Friends will join musicians from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a free concert next to Jamaica Pond. Music will include compositions by Ms. Assad and others combining Latin jazz, folk and popular styles with classical influences. The event, which is presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy will also include a musical playground.

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Friday, August 14 at 12:00 noon
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown

Clarice Assad, piano and vocals
Keita Ogawa, percussion
ZUMIX, Grooversity
Camp Harbor View

Clarice Assad and Friends will join musicians from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a free concert at the JFK Library in Dorchester on August 14 as part of The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays initiative.

Thanks in part to a grant from The League of American Orchestras and New Music USA, Clarice Assad will be in Boston for residencies with the Landmarks Orchestra in July and August. She will lead interactive workshops at Camp Harbor View, Grooversity, and ZUMIX. Young performers from these groups will join her and the Landmarks Orchestra for the concert at the Hatch Shell on August 12. The event will also include a musical playground

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2014 Season

Opening Night: Carmina burana
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Joshua Reynolds, tenor
Aaron Engebreth, em>baritone
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale
Scott Allen Jarrett, music director

At the River (premiere) (Larry Bell)
On the Waterfront (Leonard Bernstein)
Carmina burana (Carl Orff)


Fiesta sinfónica
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cuban Overture (G. Gershwin)
Zombie Jamboree (Winston O’Connor; arr. C. Schroeder)
La noche de los Mayas (Silvestre Revueltas)
En memoria de Chano Pozo (David Amram)
 (Gonzalo Grau)

With partners: Alex Alvear Y Amigos; BAJUCOL; Dudamel Orchestra of the Conservatory Lab Charter School, Adrian Anantawan, music director; Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Yawkey Club of Roxbury; Boston Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department; Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, ASL Interpreters Kristina Miranda and Christopher S. Robinson; ASL Staff: Indya-loreal Oliver, Melissa Brown, Kristin Johnson; and the Boston University Office of Disability Services


Longwood Symphony
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ronald Feldman, Music Director
With the New World Chorale
Holly MacEwen Krafka, Director

Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1
Natasha Farny, cello
Faure: Pavane
Debussy: Nocturnes
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2


Boston Lyric Opera
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
David Angus, conductor

Selections from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s La Traviata and The Force of Destiny, Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, Rossini’s Cinderella, Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss II.


From the New World: The Legacy of the Spirituals
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
New England Spiritual Ensemble
One City Junior Choir

The Chariot Jubilee (R. Nathaniel Dett, orch. Hale Smith)
Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Traditional, arr. John Andrew Ross)
Great Day (Traditional, arr. Warren Martin)
Joshua Fit the Battle (Traditional, arr. Margaret Bonds)
Griot Legacies (world premiere) (Trevor Weston)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95   (“From the New World”) (Dvořák)

American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Daniel Ilaire, Elbert Joseph, Kristin Johnson, Ebubechukwu “Sho” Ndukwe, Christopher S. Robinson


Rhapsody in Green
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Overture to Der Freischütz (Weber)
The Flower Clock (Françaix)
Andrew Price, oboe
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in A minor, op. 42 (MacDowell)

  1. In A Haunted Forest
  2. Summer Idyll
  3. Forest Spirits

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 43 (Sibelius)


O’er the Land of the Free: Bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
in partnership with the 1812 Marine Guard for the USS CONSTITUTION, the USS CONSTITUTION Museum, and the 25th Marine Regiment
One City Chamber Choir
William Lyman, narrator

Festival Overture on the American National Air (Buck)
Overture to Fidelio, op.72c (1814) (Beethoven)
Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93 (1814) (Beethoven)
Variations on “America” (Ives)
Chesapeake: Summer of 1814 (Michael Gandolfi)
ASL Team: Letitia Bynoe, Kristin Johnson, Ebubechukwu “Sho” Ndukwe, Christopher Robinson


Concerts in the Community

Family Concert in Charlestown
July 9, 2014
City Square Park, Charlestown

A family concert and instrument playground with Landmarks Brass and the brass ensemble of the Conservatory Lab Charter School

Family Concert in Jamaica Plain
July 13, 2014
Pinebank Promontory
Jamaica Plain

A family concert and instrument playground with Landmarks Brass and the brass ensemble of the Conservatory Lab Charter School

Boston Globe-WGBH Summer Arts Weekend
July 27,2014
Copley Square, Boston