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Hatch Shell Concert Schedule

For more than 25 years, local radio stations have sponsored free concerts at Boston’s Hatch Shell. The official names of the programs are 100.7 WZLX FREE Summer Concerts and MIXFEST sponsored by Mix104.1. The series are a true public service, allowing hundreds of thousands of Boston residents to attend free performances of some of the greatest bands of all time.

The classic radio station broadcasts a wide variety of music from the 1970s through early 80s. Listeners may hear songs from the British Invasion to a smash-hit rock ballad from the 70s. A Rush or Supertramp tune, or a one-hit wonder from the era, may be on the air at this very moment. One can also listen to this classic station from the world wide web, and then view a playlist in real-time.

Hatch Shell Concerts, 103.3 WODS Free Summer Concert Series
Hatch Shell Concerts

Over the years, many great artists have performed at the Free Summer Concert Series at the Hatch Shell. Artists such as Johnny Rivers, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Stylistics, The Guess Who, and The Rascals have performed here. This author’s favorite bands were The O'Jays and more recently Three Dog Night. Thousands of people sang along to Love Train and Joy To The World; it was amazing.

For new visitors or tourists, the Hatch Shell is an open-air stadium located at Boston’s Esplanade park. The lawn in front of the shell fills up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lawn chairs and blankets are extremely popular. Alcohol is strictly prohibited, and violators are subject to arrest.

The concerts usually start at 7:00 pm with a warm-up artist. As the sun recedes, excitement builds for the main act. By nightfall, the Esplanade paths and knolls surrounding the shell are full of happy concert-goers. The acoustics are great at this fun family-friendly event.

Also of course, the oldest tradition at the Hatch Shell is the annual July 4th concert with the Boston Pops. In recent years, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra has performed here, bringing classical music and opera to the Esplanade; another great public service.


July, 2015

Friday July 3, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm 
Boston Pops Orchestra Independence Day Concert 
Wristbands at Oval Usually Available at 9:00 am 
Wristband Oval Checkpoint Gate Opens at 5:00 pm
1812 Overture Played at 9:15 pm


Saturday July 4, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
Boston Pops Orchestra Independence Day Concert 
Special Guest Performers: TBA 
Wristbands at Oval Usually Available at 9:00 am 
Wristband Oval Checkpoint Gate Opens at 5:00 pm 
1812 Overture Played at about 10:15 pm 
Fireworks at 10:30 pm


Wednesday July 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Rain Venue: Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA)
Landmarks Orchestra
Rhapsody in Green 
At the River by Francine Trester (world premiere) 
The Hebrides by Felix Mendelssohn 
And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness 
River’s Rush by Kevin Puts (new england premiere) 
La Mer by Claude Debussy 


Wednesday July 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Rain Date: Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm)
Landmarks Orchestra 
Fiesta Sinfónica   
El Salón México by Aaron Copland 
Santa Cruz de Pacairigua by Evencio Castellanos (new england premiere) 
Mambo Concierto by Alice Gómez (new england premiere) 
Andean Suite by Gonzalo Grau (world premiere) 
Viaje (Voyage) by Gonzalo Grau - Excerpt for Latin Combo


Wednesday July 29, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Rain Date: TBA) 
Landmarks Festival 
Guest Orchestra Longwood Symphony Orchestra:
A Night at the Ballet with the New World Chorale
The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky 
Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach 

August 2015

Wednesday August 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Rain Date: Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm)
Landmarks Orchestra 
Italian Night 
Pagliacci: Prologue by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo & "Regina Coeli" by Pietro Mascagni
Otello: "Dove guardi" & Iago's Credo by Giuseppe Verdi
Tosca: Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
La Strada: Ballet Suite (excerpts) by Nino Rota
Nabucco: Overture and "Va, Pensiero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Aida: Ballet and Triumphal March by Giuseppe Verdi 


Wednesday August 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm) 
Landmarks Orchestra  
Sheherazade Meets Clarice Assad 
Mother Goose (complete ballet) by Maurice Ravel 
Batuque by Oscar Lorenzo Fernández 
Assad Selected Works by Clarice Assad
World Premiere of New Work by Clarice Assad 
Sheherazade by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov 


Wednesday August 19, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Rain Date: Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm) 
Landmarks Orchestra 
Drums Along the Charles
Sabre Dance from Gayane by Aram Khachaturian 
The Swordfishers by Donald Krishnaswami (world premiere)  
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists by Philip Glass(new england premiere)  
Jeffrey Fischer, Robert Schulz, timpanists


Wednesday August 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Rain Date: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm)  
Landmarks Orchestra 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (full staged production)  
Play by William Shakespeare 
Music by Felix Mendelssohn 

Contact Information & Address:

Hatch Shell (Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation) 
Storrow Drive & Mugar Way, Boston, MA 
617.626.4970 Hatch Hotline

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