2020 Season

2020 Season

July 15, 2020 at 7:00-8:00pm ET (Live Stream)
Simple Gifts

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Landmarks Orchestra members look out into the audience gathered around the Hatch Shell.

*A closed captioned version of the concert will be released at a later date*

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Hosted by Emmett G. Price III, Landmarks Orchestra Board of Advisors Member

Scott Joplin Treemonisha Overture, arr. Richard Benjamin
Aaron Copland Quiet City
Valerie Coleman Umoja
Jeff Scott Startin’ Sumthin’
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring Suite (original version)


Two beloved works by composers from very different backgrounds—both unmistakably American—highlight the opening concert: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. The Americanness of these pieces comes from their fusion of New World tunes with classical style, and the vigor of their rooted-in-the-soil dance rhythms. Recent creations by two Black artists now at the forefront of American musical life, Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott, swing with euphoric energy in the tradition of American eclecticism.

Christopher Wilkins will lead a digital Interlude talk about Appalachian Spring Suite on July 8, 7pm to 8pm ET.

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July 29, 2020 at 7:00-8:00pm ET (Streaming Video)
Dances and Delights

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Maestro, Christopher Wilkins, holds his hands out as Landmarks Orchestra musicians convene behind him.

*A closed captioned version of the concert will be released at a later date*

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Hosted by journalist Janet Wu
In partnership with Castle of Our Skins

Gabriela Díazviolin

Aldemaro Romero Fuga con Pajarillo
David Baker Roots II: Boogie Woogie
Florence Price ‘Clementine’ and ‘Shortnin’ Bread’ from Five Folksongs in Counterpoint 
Michael Abels Delights and Dances
Astor Piazzolla ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer’ from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, arr. Leonid Desyatnikov


Landmarks’ dance concerts always incorporate music of many cultures, reflecting the extraordinary diversity of today’s Boston. Black and Latinx composers—contributors to the classical concert tradition for centuries—have played a central role in defining the essential sound of American music. Special guests Castle of our Skins and violinist Gabriela Díaz bring virtuosity and vitality to several heart-pounding works of the Americas.

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Thursday, August 13 at 7:00pm
Women in Music panel discussion

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Hosted by Landmarks Co-Executive Director Mary Deissler

Jo Ann Falletta stands with her arms held up on either side of her.

Landmarks will host a panel discussion in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and our upcoming She’s The First concert on August 18, 2020. This wide-ranging discussion will cover the various roles women play in music and will examine how women are breaking boundaries in the classical and jazz fields.

The discussion will feature:

JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Clarice Assad, composer; vocalist; pianist
Francine Trester, Professor of Composition at Berklee School of MusicHeadshots of Clarice Assad, Francine Trester and Grace Kelly (holding her saxaphone).
Grace Kelly, saxophonist; singer; composer

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August 18, 2020 at 7:00-8:00pm ET (Live Stream)
She’s The First

A concert celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment women’s right to vote

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*A closed captioned version of the concert will be released at a later date*Various singers and performers perform onstage.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Katherine Chan, guest conductor
Hosted by singer-saxophonist-composer Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly, saxophone, voice
Synthia Pullum, soprano
Brianna Robinson, soprano

Grace Kelly Every Road I Walked
Ethel Smyth Two Interlinked French Melodies 
Smyth The March of the Women
Amy Beach Two Browning Songs
Nkeiru Okoye Excerpts from “The Journey of Phillis Wheatley”
Okoye “I am Harriet Tubman, Free Woman” from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom
Florence Price ‘Calvary’ from Five Folksongs in Counterpoint
Francine Trester ‘Painter of Landscapes’ from Florence Comes Home
Valerie Coleman Portraits of Josephine 
Kelly She’s the First

“She’s The First” concert will celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote. The concert, comprised entirely of music written by women, will be live streamed for free on the 100th Anniversary of the Amendment’s ratification, August 18, 2020. Boston native, singer-saxophonist-composer Grace Kelly, hosts and performs in the concert conducted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins and guest conductor Katherine Chan. Click here for more info.

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December, 21 2020 at 8:00pm ET (Live Stream)
At Home for the Holidays

A multicultural musical celebration on the Winter Solstice

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*A closed captioned version of the concert will be released at a later date*The Hatch Shell, surrounded by a thick blanket of snow.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Katherine Chan, guest conductor
Greg Vitale, violin
Paula Oakes, violin
Kenneth Stalberg, violin and viola
Aron Zelkowicz, cello
John Shiu, bass
Margo McGowan, clarinet
David Coleman, piano
Peter Sykes, organ

Frank Bridge A Christmas Dance
Adam Shugar Hannukah Overture
arr. Arnold Schoenberg Christmas Music
David Coleman Piano Improvisation
Antonio Vivaldi “Winter” from The Four Seasons
Valerie Coleman Umoja
Johann Sebastian Bach Sleepers Awake
William Grant Still Christmas in the Western World
Georges Bizet Farandole from L’Arlésienne

“At Home for the Holidays” brings light and joy to the holiday season with a multicultural celebration featuring holiday music from around the world. This free streaming concert marks the start of the winter solstice—a reflective opportunity which begins a new season. Under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, a chamber orchestra of 10 Landmarks Orchestra musicians will perform from GBH’s Fraser Performance Studio. The festive program includes works from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Europe, and the USA with African American spirituals and holiday music in the gospel tradition, and reflects traditions from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations.

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