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Previous Seasons at the DCR’s Hatch Shell

2019 Season

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.

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

*Moved to NEC’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115,) Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 PM.

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 Charles 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 the Museum of Science‘s Charles Hayden Planetarium
Visuals created by the staff of the Charles Hayden Planetarium
Danielle LeBlanc, Director
Charles Wilcox, AV Producer
Jason Fletcher, Associate Producer
Wade Sylvester, Special Effects Producer

Sirgourney Cook, soprano

featuring Michael Andrew

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)
Great American Songbook Moonlit Medley 

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Adrianna Neefus, Jola Leary, and Kelly Kim (coach)

Sponsored by:

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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

John Williams The Cowboys Overture
Gioachino Rossini William Tell Overture
Charles Gounod Funeral March of a Marionette
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

Longwood Symphony Program Book

If it rains, this concert will be cancelled.

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July 31, 2019 at 7:00pm
Deep River

*Concert moved to Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7pm at the DCR’s Hatch Shell.

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
One City Choir
 | David F. Coleman, Choirmaster
Coro Allegro 
| David Hodgkins, Artistic Director
Members of New England Spiritual Ensemble
Sirgourney Cook, soprano
Jennifer Ellis, soprano
Carolyn Saxon, soprano
Myran Parker-Brass, mezzo-soprano
Tai Oney, countertenor
Jonas Budris, tenor
Matthew DiBattista, tenor
Davron S. Monroe, tenor
Alvy Powell, bass-baritone
Milton Wright, bass

William Grant Still Festive Overture 
George Walker Lyric for Strings
Traditional Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
Traditional, arr. Bonds Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Traditional, arr. Bonds I Got a Home in that Rock
Traditional, arr. Bonds He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand
Traditional, arr. Michael Tippett Deep River (from A Child of our Time)
R. Nathaniel Dett The Chariot Jubilee (1919)
Fred Onovwerosuoke “We Need to Talk” from A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People
Jerome Kern Show Boat in Concert

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Adrianna Neefus (Coordinator), Sho Grant, Christopher Robinson, Erin Sanders-Sigmon, and Shana Gibbs (Coach)

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Deep River Program Book

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

*Concert moved to New England Conservatory at Jordan Hall, Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 PM.

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
With the New World Chorale | Holly MacEwen Krafkaconductor

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

Mercury Orchestra Program Book

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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
Photographic Essay by David Arnold
Cassandra Extavour, soprano

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

Annual Green Concert Program Book 

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, 2019 at 7:00pm
Landmarks Dance Night

*Concert moved to August 22, 2019 at 7pm at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade.

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 with a performance of a new work they will co-compose with 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
Visuals by MASARY Studios 
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 Full Circle
Anthony Green Choucoune
Traditional, orch. Grau Papa Loko
Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Amilcare Ponchielli
‘Dance of the Hours’ from La Gioconda

Sponsored by:

Arbella Insurance Foundation

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Special Event

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm
WBUR CitySpace
Who Should Sing “Ol’ Man River”?
Portraying Race Through Musical Theatre and the Concert Stage in 2019

*This event is free to attend, but seating is limited.
Reserve your seat here.*

Jerome Kern’s iconic 1927 musical Show Boat has both a storied past and a controversial history. Unlike most Broadway musicals of its time, Show Boat put black and white performers side-by-side. Bringing black and white onto the same stage revealed the mixed-race roots of American popular music and Show Boat stimulated creative artists and performers to renegotiate the color line as expressed in the American musical. But the musical and its various movie adaptations were not without controversy. Black characters were sometimes portrayed as little more than comic caricatures, and there was a tradition of casting many of the African-American roles with white actors in blackface. The original lyrics and dialogue freely use language that is considered simply unacceptable today. But noted performers such as Paul Robeson made text changes—sometimes subtle but significant—which have now become part of the performing tradition.

In anticipation of our July 31 concert which will include spirituals, music by contemporary and historical African American composers, and selections from Show Boat, we are proud to present a community discussion which will look at how race has been portrayed in musical theatre and the concert stage over the years. The panel will also address the broader topic of how race relations continue to be an undercurrent of American music in 2019.

Panelists will include:

  • Emmett G. Price III, Dean and Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Ashleigh Gordon, violist and Artistic and Executive Director of Castle of Our Skins
  • Todd Decker, Chair of Music Professor of Musicology, American Culture Studies; Washington University in St. Louis; author of Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Who Should Sing “Ol’ Man River”?: The Lives of an American Song (Oxford University Press, 2015
  • David F. Coleman, Director of Choral Music at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley and director of the 225-voice Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir.
  • Alvy Powell, bass-baritone; American bass-baritone opera singer and a former member of the U.S. Army Chorus. He is known for his performances at presidential events and for performing the role of Porgy in the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess; Powell appeared at Carnegie Hall in 2008, singing the part of Joe in Show Boat.
  • Christopher Wilkins, Music Director of Boston Landmarks Orchestra
  • David Hodgkins, Music Director of Coro Allegro

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Musical Playground – Everett Haitian Community Center

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm
Musical Playground – Season Tune-Up Party, Hatch Shell

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Musical Playground – Camp Harbor View

 

Monday, July 22, 2019
Musical Playground – For Kids Only (FKO) Afterschool 

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Musical Playground – Boys & Girls Club, Chelsea

 

Friday, July 26, 2019
Musical Playground – Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI)

 

Saturday, August 3, 2019
Musical Playground – Boston Children’s Museum

 

Friday, August 9 10:00-12:00 pm
Musical Playground and Performance – Free Fun Friday

Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Atlantic Avenue, Boston
“The Birth of Jazz” featuring a small ensemble of Boston Landmarks Orchestra musicians led by Maestro Christopher Wilkins.
This event will also feature one of our signature “Music Playgrounds,” at which people of all ages can try real musical instruments.

 

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 6:00pm
Musical Playground and Performance – Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain

Free Family Concert and Musical Playground
Our annual performance at the beautiful Pinebank Promontory, adjacent to Jamaica Pond, presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This event will also include a Musical Playground.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Musical Playground – Camp Harborview

 

Friday, August 16, 2019
Musical Playground – Malden YMCA

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2018 Season

July 11, 2018 at 6:00-8:00pm
“Season Tune-Up”Audience members walking near Charles River

Join us at the Hatch Shell one week before the concerts begin for an evening of family fun and musical games. 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, and enjoy exhibits from our friends at the Boston Children’s MuseumKnucklebones, the Beat Bus, and more.

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July 18, 2018 at 7:00pm
The Planets (Opening Night)

In the centenary year of The Planets, the Orchestra welcomes the St. Paul’s Girls’ School Choir for whom its spell-binding finale was composed. Holst’s masterpiece explores the astrological influence of the planets on human personality and behavior. Young musicians of ZUMIX perform an original work echoing Holst’s fascination with the human psyche. Other music inspired by the heavens includes Debussy’s bewitching Clair de lune.  Rain Date: Thursday, July 19. If it rains on July 19 as well, the concert will be held at First Church Cambridge (11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
ZUMIXPaulina Voices of St. Paul’s Girls’ School

Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance No. 1
Claude Debussy Claire de lune
Lyn Williams Festive Alleluia
Tayler Fernandez Nuñez, Rehanna Fernandez Nuñez, Jennifer Perez, Eleasah Whittaker
Composition guidance and orchestration by Gonzalo Grau Pegasus Promenade (world premiere)
Gustav Holst The Planets

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Adrianna Neefus, Christopher Robinson, Kelly Kim

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July 25, 2018 at 7:00pm
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
*CANCELLED*

For over fifty years, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute has been among the country’s most prestigious musical training programs. These gifted teenagers perform a program built to showcase their talents. It features the Young Artists Orchestra in Stravinsky’s electrifying Rite of Spring and the Young Artists Wind Ensemble in music of Leonard Bernstein, who was a mainstay at Tanglewood since he was a student there in 1940.

Young Artists Orchestra | Paul Haas, conductor
Young Artists Wind Ensemble | H. Robert Reynolds, conductor

Leonard Bernstein Candide Overture
Bernstein Suite from Mass
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story for wind ensemble
Igor Stravinsky
 The Rite of Spring

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August 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
Verdi Requiem

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One City Choir, Back Bay Chorale, and a quartet of soloists combine forces in Verdi’s monumental Requiem, a work Hans von Bülow described as “opera in church vestments.” The music opens in hushed, prayerful tones, and closes with an impassioned plea for salvation. In its most famous “scene,” trumpets surround the audience as if on Judgment Day. It is a representation to rival Michelangelo’s.

Pre-concert prelude (at approximately 6:20 pm) by the
North End Music & Performing Arts Center Children’s Choir

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale, Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director
Meredith Hansen, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Nathan Stark, bass-baritone

Gioachino Rossini Overture to Semiramide
Giuseppe Verdi
 Messa da Requiem

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Robert Honeysucker (1943-2017). His sonorous voice and expressive musicianship graced our stage many times, including our 2008 performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Hatch Shell, and our memorable Beethoven’s 9th at Fenway Park. He was not only one of America’s finest baritones, he was a true friend of Boston Landmarks Orchestra from our very beginning, and he is truly missed.

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Adrianna Neefus, Christopher Robinson, Kristin Johnson

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August 8, 2018 at 7:00pm
Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Boston’s medical community orchestra has been a leader in innovative programming and community engagement for thirty-five years. Recognizing that music is a healing art, the Longwood Symphony serves the Greater Boston area through performances and programming related to the services these musicians provide in their medical professions. Music Director Ronald Feldman conducts.

Longwood Symphony Orchestra | Ronald Feldman, conductor
Mira Magrill, flute

John Williams Main Title Theme from Star Wars
Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Maurice Ravel Mother Goose Suite (excerpts)
Georges Bizet (arr. François Borne) Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra
Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (first movement)
John Williams Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars
John Williams Imperial March from Star Wars

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August 15, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sounds of the Sea

Animal song and representations of sea life are woven together in a program conceived and presented in collaboration with the New England Aquarium. Debussy’s La Mer summons the mysterious power and psychological depths of wind and waves. Stella Sung’s seascape creates a watery dialogue between marine and human life. And Moby Dick rises again in the haunting music of Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock’s most frequent musical collaborator.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
New England AquariumBoston String Academy
Timothy Culver, tenor
Brian Keith Johnson, baritone

George Frideric Handel (arr. Hamilton Harty) Water Music Suite (excerpts)
Klaus Badelt (arr. Ted Ricketts) Pirates of the Caribbean
Maurice Ravel 
Une Barque sur l’océan (A Boat on the Ocean)
Bernard Herrmann Moby-Dick (abridged)
Stella Sung Oceana (world premiere)
Claude Debussy La Mer* (The Sea)

*Dedicated to the memory of Richard Concannon (1929-2018), a member of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra Board of Overseers from 2013 to 2018.

American Sign Language icon  American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Laurie Achin, Adrianna Neefus, Christopher Robinson

Support for this concert generously provided by: Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF)

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Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm

Symphonic Dances

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein—who made his professional debut as a conductor at the Hatch Memorial Shell—the Landmarks Orchestra performs music to move by from diverse cultures. Boston Ballet II and Peter DiMuro’s Public Displays of Motion are joined by dancers from throughout the community. Judging from past programs, the urge for audience members to get up and dance may prove irresistible.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of MotionThe Dance ComplexBoston Ballet IIConservatory Lab Charter School;
Camp Harbor ViewMattapan Teen Center of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Special thanks to the Korean Cultural Society of Boston

Emmanuel Chabrier España
Robert W. Smith Rites of Tamburo
Jake Gunnar Walsh & Devin Ferreira Anke Djé, Anke Bé (world premiere)
Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Amy Beach Bal masqué
Kyle Newmaster Impressions of Cheonmachong (Korean Three Drum Dance)
adapted from Samgomu, composed and choreographed by Brooke Jee-in Newmaster
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Swan Lake: Variation of the White Swan
Bernstein (arr. Harmon) Candide Suite (excerpts)

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Sponsored by:

Arbella Insurance Foundation

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August 29, 2018 at 7:00pm
Mercury Orchestra

Channing Yu and the Mercury Orchestra return to the Hatch Shell after a highly acclaimed appearance in 2017. The orchestra boasts some of the most talented amateur musicians in the region who come together each year to deliver invariably memorable performances. The final concert of the 2018 season is a journey deep into the heart of the Russian repertoire.

Mercury Orchestra | Channing Yu, conductor
New World Chorale | Holly MacEwen Krafka, conductor

Dmitri Shostakovich
 Festive Overture, Op. 96
Alexander Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
(No. 8. Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens and No. 17. Polovtsian Dance with Chorus)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:00am
Boston Children’s Museum

Free Fun Friday!
sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation

Free Family Concert and Musical Instrument Playground

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is proud to participate in Highland Street’s Free Fun Fridays initiative again this summer! This year’s event will take place at the Boston Children’s Museum and will include a performance by Landmarks Orchestra musicians and a musical instrument playground. (Instrument Playground begins at 11:00am. Concert begins at 1:15pm.)
*Weather Note: Both the Instrument Playground and Concert were relocated indoors at the Museum.

Program: “The Birth of Jazz”

Sousa The Liberty Bell (1893)
Strauss Artists’ Quadrille
Sousa Cakewalk from Three Quotations (1895)
Pryor Lassus Trombone (1915)
Debussy (orch. Caplet) Golliwog’s Cakewalk (1908)
Joplin Maple Leaf Rag (1899)
Joplin Sunflower Slow Drag (1901)
Joplin Ragtime Dance (1899, 1902)
Anonymous Just A Closer Walk with Thee (1915)
Beiderbecke Jazz Me Blues (1921)
Jelly Roll Morton Grandpa’s Spells (1923)
Handy St. Louis Blues March (1914)

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Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6:30pm
Reading Public Library

Free Musical Instrument Playground

A musical instrument playground for all ages at Reading Public Library (located at 64 Middlesex Ave., Reading, MA), presented in partnership with The Musary.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 5:00pm
Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain
*CANCELLED*

Free Family Concert and Musical Instrument Playground

Our annual performance at the beautiful Pinebank Promontory, adjacent to Jamaica Pond,  presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This event will also include a musical instrument playground prior to the concert. (Instrument Playground begins at 5:00pm. Concert begins at 6:00pm.)

Program: “The Birth of Jazz”

Sousa The Liberty Bell (1893)
Strauss Artists’ Quadrille
Sousa Cakewalk from Three Quotations (1895)
Pryor Lassus Trombone (1915)
Debussy (orch. Caplet) Golliwog’s Cakewalk (1908)
Joplin Maple Leaf Rag (1899)
Joplin Sunflower Slow Drag (1901)
Joplin Ragtime Dance (1899, 1902)
Anonymous Just A Closer Walk with Thee (1915)
Beiderbecke Jazz Me Blues (1921)
Jelly Roll Morton Grandpa’s Spells (1923)
Handy St. Louis Blues March (1914)

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2017 Season

July 19, 2017 at 7:00pm
Music for a Summer Evening (Opening Night)

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Samuel Barber’s setting of a prose poem by James Agee, evokes sweetly nostalgic childhood memories of summer. Elgar created his Enigma Variations as a musical gift for his wife and closest friends. With exuberance, humor, and warmth, he presents a separate variation—akin to a musical portrait—for each of them. Boston composer Peggy Stuart Coolidge composed The Blue Planet to accompany a poem written by her husband. In 1971, the World Wildlife Fund adopted it as their official theme song.  

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano

Prelude: Boston University Tanglewood Institute Brass and Wind Quintets (student brass and wind quintets from BUTI will play as audience arrives, between 6:15 and 6:45)

Ralph Vaughan Williams 

English Folk Song Suite
Frederick Delius Summer Evening
Peggy Stuart Coolidge The Blue Planet
Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Giuseppe Verdi “Winter” and “Summer” from I vespri siciliani
Edward Elgar Enigma Variations

Prior to the concert we will host our annual Environmental Fair around the Hatch Shell oval! Participating organizations will include: Boston Nature Center, Charles River Conservancy, Charles River Watershed Association, Community Boating, Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), The Esplanade Association, Fenway Victory Gardens, Friends of Jamaica Pond, Massachusetts Rivers Alliance, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), Ocean River Institute,  Zoo New England

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July 26, 2017 at 7:00pm
Mercury Orchestra: Symphonic Opera

Channing Yu and his Mercury Orchestra have thrilled Boston area audiences every summer for a decade. Through skill, devotion, and truly ambitious repertoire some of the most talented amateur musicians in the region come together each year to deliver invariably memorable performances. This summer for the first time, they appear on the Esplanade as guests of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. 

Mercury Orchestra | Channing Yu, conductor

Richard Wagner Die MeistersingerAn Orchestral Tribute
Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite

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POSTPONED to Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

The drama of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—a journey from darkness to light—is one of the glories of Western art. Beethoven believed in music’s power to redeem a suffering humanity, to bring us closer to heaven in this life. His music to Goethe’s play, Egmont, came at the apex of his “Heroic Period.” The story honors the sacrifice of a nobleman condemned to death for resisting tyranny. The sublime Romance in F for solo violin and orchestra is among Beethoven’s most sweetly lyrical instrumental works.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Adrian Anantawan, violin
Michelle Johnson, soprano
Emily Marvosh, contralto
William Hite, tenor
Ron Williams, baritone
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale, Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director
American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Adrianna Neefus, Jessica Palmariello

Ludwig van Beethoven Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens
Beethoven Violin Romance in F
Beethoven Incidental music to Goethe’s Egmont
Beethoven
 Symphony No. 9

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August 9, 2017 at 7:00pm
Anthems of the World

Fired by local pride, some of Western music’s most passionate works are closely identified with their cultures of origin. At its premiere, Finlandia was heard to symbolize Finnish independence. It is now considered a second Finnish national anthem. Dvořák urged American composers to borrow from the spirituals, much as he had employed Czech folk songs in his own writing. Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 has become one of the most popular of all orchestral dances. The young musicians of ZUMIX are featured in a Landmarks-commissioned work they have created with composer Gonzalo Grau.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
ZUMIX
Boston String Academy, Marielisa Alvarez, Mariesther Alvarez, Taide Prieto, Co-Directors
American Sign Language (ASL) Team: Elbert Joseph, Sarah Adams, Adrianna Neefus

Jean Sibelius Finlandia
Amy Beach Gaelic Symphony: Alla siciliana (2nd movement)
Kareem Roustom Aleppo Songs (world premiere)
Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2
Angelina Botticelli, Mario Duenas, Juan Gutierrez, Mario Jarjour
Composition guidance & Orchestration by Gonzalo Grau Views (world premiere)
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88

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*Prior to the concert, we will host an Instrument Playground on the Esplanade where youth can explore different instruments and make their own music! The Instrument Playground starts at 6:00 pm.

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August 16, 2017 at 7:00pm
Longwood Symphony Orchestra: A Night in Vienna

Boston’s medical community orchestra has been a leader in innovative programming and community engagement for thirty-five years. Recognizing that music is at its essence a healing art, the Longwood Symphony serves the Greater Boston area through performances and programming related to the services these musicians provide in their medical professions. Music Director Ronald Feldman conducts.

Longwood Symphony Orchestra | Ronald Feldman, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven 

Coriolan Overture
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Wolfgang Amadè Mozart Symphony No. 31
Johann Strauss Jr. On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Strauss Jr. Accelerations

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August 23, 2017 at 7:00pm
Landmarks Dance Carnival

“Music to move by” from many cultures features dancers from across the city. Composer and drummer Ryan Edwards teams up with Apostolos Paraskevas to create a new work for young drummers and dancers from Camp Harbor View and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. The evening culminates in a grand performance of Copland’s Rodeo with choreography by Peter DiMuro. It will be hard for anyone to sit still for this season finale. But at Boston Landmarks Orchestra concerts, that’s perfectly okay. Rain Date: August 24 at Hatch Shell.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Peter DiMuro, choreographer and curator
in partnership with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion; The Dance Complex; Boston Ballet IIConservatory Lab Charter School; Camp Harbor View; Boys & Girls Clubs of BostonSalsa y Control; Harney Academy of Irish Dance
Support and arrangement of dance artists on this program made possible by The Dance Complex

Johann Strauss Jr. Emperor Waltzes
Antonín Dvořák
String Quartet in F major, op. 96, ‘American’ (2nd movement: Lento)
Pas de deux from The American choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, featuring dancers from Boston Ballet II
Georges Enesco Romanian Rhapsody in A major, op. 11, no. 1
Robert Sheldon Danzas Cubanas
Leroy Anderson Irish Suite: The Girl I Left Behind Me and Irish Washerwoman
Ryan Edwards/Apostolos Paraskevas Santiago in the Stream (world premiere)
Aaron Copland Rodeo* (complete ballet)
“Pioneers” choreographed by Peter DiMuro in collaboration with those performing
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion and Boston Ballet II

*By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Support for this concert generously provided by: Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF)

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SPECIAL EVENT
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm

A FAR CRY

A Far Cry makes its debut at the Hatch Shell, presented by the Free for All Concert Fund, and produced by Boston Landmarks Orchestra. http://afarcry.org/all/afc-at-the-hatch-shell-boston

Fritz Kreisler Scherzo from String Quartet in A Minor (arr. AFC)
Eugène Ysaÿe Harmonies du soir, Op. 31
JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 12:15pm
Harvard Business School, North Allston

Free Lunchtime Concert

The Landmarks Brass Quintet will play outdoors for a free, lunchtime recital at Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 6:00pm
Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain

Free Family Concert

The Landmarks Orchestra’s annual performance at the beautiful
Pinebank Promontory, adjacent to Jamaica Pond,  presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This event will also include a musical instrument playground.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017  from 11:00am to 2:00pm
The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA 02110

FREE Musical Playground

The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy presents “Downtown Playdates” featuring a Boston Landmarks Orchestra Musical Playground

Location: Rose Kennedy Greenway (In the portion of the park between Oliver Street & Pearl Street and also bounded by Atlantic Avenue).

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2016 Season

July 13, 2016 at 7:00pm
Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green

Music of the wilds and the countryside. Tan Dun’s Secret of Wind and Birds mimics sounds and colors found in nature, incorporating birdsong activated by audience members on their cell phones. Michael Gandolfi’s tribute to a garden in Scotland follows a tradition first established by Respighi, who introduced recorded birdsong into concert music in 1924 with his brilliant Pines of Rome.

In partnership with Conservatory Lab Charter School; Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Mass Audubon; and The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland.

Ralph Vaughan Williams 

The Wasps Overture
Tan Dun Secret of Wind and Birds
Aaron Copland Music for Movies
Michael Gandolfi The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Part I
Ottorino Respighi The Pines of Rome

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July 20, 2016 at 7:00pm
Pictures at an Exhibition

Peggy Fogelman, Director of the Gardner Museum, co-hosts an evening honoring the life and passions of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Highlights from the museum’s collection and images from the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA—projected above the orchestra—are shown in coordination with the music. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is performed in Ravel’s masterful orchestration.

In partnership with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Co-hosted by Peggy Fogelman, director

Stella Sung Rockwell Reflections
Modeste Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Jacques Offenbach Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman 
Peggy Stuart Coolidge Isabella (World Premiere)
Charles Martin Loeffler Divertissement espagnole
Manuel de Falla Spanish Dance No. 1 from La vida breve

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Check out the wonderful video preview of this concert from our friends at the Norman Rockwell Museum!

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July 27, 2016 at 7:00pm
Verdi & Valkyries

One of the greatest dramatic singers of her generation, Jane Eaglen, soprano, headlines a powerhouse program. Highlights from Wagner’s Ring include The Ride of the Valkyries and the dramatic final scene of the cycle. The stirring Anvil Chorus precedes the New England premiere of a major work by Verdi, Libera me, a work which five years later he transformed into the dramatic conclusion of the Requiem.

Jane Eaglen, soprano
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale (Scott Allen Jarrett, music director)
North End Music and Performing Arts Center Children’s Choir

Giacomo Puccini
Prelude to Act I of Edgar 
Puccini
Opening, Madrigal, and Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Giuseppe Verdi
Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore
Verdi
Libera me, Domine (original version of 1869) New England premiere
Richard Wagner Das Rheingold selections
Wagner
 The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Wagner Siegfried’s Death, Funeral March, and Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung

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August 3, 2016
Special Film Screening: On the Town

This evening we give the orchestra a well-deserved night off, and screen the classic 1949 movie musical On the Town, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Ann Miller. The film is based on the 1944 Broadway musical by Leonard Bernstein, which in turn is based on his ballet Fancy Free—which the Landmarks Orchestra performs on August 17. Hit songs such as ‘New York, New York’ and Kelly’s iconic dancing are among the highlights. Pack your picnic for an old school Hollywood musical film under the stars.

Podium Note

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RESCHEDULED:
Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:00pm*
Landmarks Lollapalooza

An open-air festival of sundry styles and celebrated classics. Musical treats from Gershwin to Adams to Grieg accompany the great Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky. All-Stars from East Boston’s ZUMIX unveil their new pop-inspired creation. The night comes to a fitting close in collaboration with the Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians (BABAM!).

Jayne West, soprano
In partnership with ZUMIX, Longy El Sistema Summer Academy, and BABAM! including participants from the HONK! Festivals

John Adams Lollapalooza
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
George Gershwin Strike Up the Band Overture

Gonzalo Grau Elements (world premiere)
Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt (excerpts)

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*Due to severe weather in the forecast on August 10th, this concert has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 11th at the DCR’s Hatch Shell.

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August 17, 2016 at 7:00pm
Footloose and Fancy Free

Movers and shakers from across the city converge on the Esplanade for a celebration of American and international dance. Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free takes pride of place in an original interpretation by Yo-El Cassell and Boston-based performers. Youth from area Boys and Girls Clubs will “shake the Shell” along with outstanding companies of Armenian and Latin America dancers.

Yo-El Cassell, choreographer
Ryan Edwards, percussionist/composer
Patrick Greene, composer
Brian Mirage, dancer
In partnership with Camp Harbor View; Yawkey Club of Roxbury; Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; One City Youth Movement; BAJUCOL; Sayat Nova Dance Company; 360°

Richard Rodgers On Your Toes: “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue”
Nikos Skalkottas Greek Dances 
Clint Needham Urban Sprawl (New England premiere)
Ryan Edwards/Patrick Greene Mabinte (world premiere)
Gonzalo Grau Hermana Frontera (Sister Border) (world premiere)
Kareem Roustom Armenian Dances: featuring Festive Armenia by Khatchatur Avetisyan
Leonard Bernstein Fancy Free

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August 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
Longwood Symphony Orchestra

The annual performance at the Hatch Shell by Boston’s medical community orchestra, always an innovator in programming and community engagement. Promoting music as a healing art, the Longwood Symphony serves the Greater Boston area through performances and programming related to their professions.

Ronald Feldman, conductor

Wolfgang Amadè Mozart The Magic Flute Overture
Kevin Kaska The Wizard of Menlo Park
Johann Strauss, Jr. Thunder and Lightning Polka
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’

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August 31, 2016 at 7:00pm
Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse

A Concert Performance—in music and dance
In collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Steven Maler, director
Peter DiMuro, choreographer

A landmark Broadway musical from the swing era is reborn on the Esplanade. The Boys from Syracuse, based on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, is often considered the finest of all Rodgers and Hart creations. Familiar songs include ‘Falling in Love with Love,’ ‘Sing for Your Supper,’ and ‘This Can’t Be Love.’ This ‘concert performance with dancing’ marks only the 2nd professional performance of the inimitable big-band style original 1938 orchestrations.

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 6:00pm
Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain

Free Family Concert

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Brass Ensemble
with Robert Schulz, drums

The Landmarks Orchestra’s annual performance at the beautiful
Pinebank Promontory, adjacent to Jamaica Pond,  presented in partnership with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This event will also include a musical instrument playground.

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Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:30pm (weather permitting)
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Free Fun Friday!
sponsored by the Highland
Street Foundation

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Brass Ensemble
with Robert Schulz, drums
(program TBA)

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is proud to participate in Highland Street’s Free Fun Fridays program for the second consecutive year. This year’s performance takes place at the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston outside by the grandstand overlooking Boston Harbor.

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2015 Season

July 15, 2015 at 7:00pm 
at Emmanuel Church
Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green

Mysteries 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

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July 22, 2015 at 7:00pm 
(rain date: Thursday, July 23 at 7:00pm)


Fiesta sinfónica

Salsa 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, 2015 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

The 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
Coppélia
Amilcare Ponchielli
La Gioconda
Aaron Copland
Rodeo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake Suite
Jacques Offenbach Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld)

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August 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
 (rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm)
Italian Night

The 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

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August 12, 2015 at 7:00pm
 (rain location Emmanuel Church)
Sheherazade Meets Clarice Assad

Brazilian 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


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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, 2015 at 7:00pm 
(rain date: Thursday, August 20 at 7:00pm)
Drums Along the Charles

The 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

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August 26, 2015 at 7:00pm (rain date: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company present: 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A FULLY STAGED PRODUCTION

Stage 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

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 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

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.

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Neighborhood Concerts and Educational Programs

Sunday, July 12, 2015 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, 2015 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, 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)
Viaje
 (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