The Boston Landmarks Orchestra Returns To The Hatch Shell

Posted July 17, 2017 by Brian Keaney in Theater & Arts
Boston Landmark Orchestra

During summertime in Boston, few landmarks in the city can match the Hatch Shell. With the recent announcement of the Boston Landmark Orchestra’s summer concert series, there is one more reason to head down to the Esplanade.

The Boston Landmark Orchestra strives to be accessible to all, and considers all of Boston to be its public. Their Breaking Down Barriers initiative serves those who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or who are limited in mobility, earning them the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s UP Designation. They pride themselves on playing in venues around the city, in neighborhoods and for special groups. Their main series, however, takes place along the banks of the River Charles with a six show summer engagement.

Opening night for the Orchestra is July 19th beginning at 7:00pm. The show, Music for a Summer Evening, presents several numbers that are designed to nostalgically recall happy childhood memories of summer. The prelude, played between 6:15 and 6:45 as the crowd arrives, will be provided by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Brass and Wind Quintets. Before the concert, the Orchestra’s annual Environmental Fair will take place around the Hatch Shell oval with more than a dozen local organizations participating.

On July 26th at 7:00pm, Channing Yu and his Mercury Orchestra return, as they have each summer for a decade, to perform a symphonic opera. The program that evening includes Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger — An Orchestral Tribute, and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 marks the halfway point of the season August 2nd, beginning at 7:00pm. Be sure to check out Adrian Anantawan on violin.

Anthems of the World is the theme of August 9th’s performance, with Christopher Wilkins raising his baton at 7:00pm. In addition to the globally inspired songs that will be heard that evening, a piece commissioned by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, composed by Gonzalo Grau, and performed by the young musicians of ZUMiX, will ring out across the lawn.

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will perform on August 16th as the guest of the Orchestra with Ronald Feldman conducting. These medical professionals have long understood the healing power of music, and are now sharing their talents with the greater Boston community. A selection of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, and Strauss begins at 7:00pm and is, appropriately enough, titled A Night in Vienna.

The final performance of the Orchestra will take place on August 23rd, and will feature “music to move by.” Thanks to a series of partnerships with  Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of MotionThe Dance ComplexConservatory Lab Charter SchoolCamp Harbor ViewBoys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and Irish and Brazilian traditional dancers, concert goers will be treated to the Landmarks Dance Carnival at 7:00pm. Of particular note that evening is the new work that composer and drummer Ryan Edwards has created with Apostolos Paraskevas  for young drummers and dancers from Camp Harbor View and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.

This is the 10th summer that the Orchestra has been performing at the Hatch Shell. Founded in 2001 by conductor and community advocate Charles Ansbacher, it is made up of many of the area’s finest professional musicians. Wilkins has been music director since 2011, continuing Ansbacher’s vision of making great music available to all people. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with many of the finest orchestras in the United States, New Zealand, Latin America, Spain, and Britain.