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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, 2016

Sunday 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
Concerts starts at 8:30 pm
1812 Overture Played at about 9:45 pm - NO FIREWORKS


Monday July 4, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Boston Pops Orchestra Independence Day Concert 
Special Guest Performers: Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas  
Wristbands at Oval Usually Available at 9:00 am 
Wristband Oval Checkpoint Gate Opens at 5:00 pm 
Concert Starts at 8:30 pm
1812 Overture Played at about 10:15 pm 
Fireworks at 10:30 pm


Wednesday July 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: July 14 at Kresge Auditorium/MIT)

Landmarks Orchestra Concert

Program: Rhapsody in Green 
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 Respigh: The Pines of Rome


Wednesday July 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: July 21 at Kresge Auditorium/MIT)

Landmarks Orchestra Concert

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


Wednesday July 27, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: TBA)

Landmarks Orchestra Concert

Program: Verdi & Valkyries 

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
Verdi: Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore
Verdi: Libera me, Domine (original version of 1869)
Wagner: Das Rheingold selections
Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Wagner: Siegfried’s Death, Funeral March, and Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung

August 2016

Wednesday August 3
(Time: TBA)

Film Night

Program: On the Town (film) 
Starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Ann Miller


Wednesday August 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: TBA)

Landmarks Orchestra Concert

Program: Landmarks Lollapalooza 

Jayne West, soprano 
In partnership with ZUMIX, Longy Summer Music Academy, 
and members of the HONK! Festival

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)


Wednesday August 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: TBA)

Landmarks Orchestra Concert

Program: Footloose and Fancy Free 

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 
Gonzalo Grau: Frontera Invisibile (world premiere) 
Kareem Roustom: Armenian Dances featuring Festive Armenia by Khatchatur Avetisyan 
Ryan Edwards/Patrick Greene: New Work (world premiere) 
Leonard Bernstein: Fancy Free


Wednesday August 24, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: TBA)

Longwood Symphony Orchestra


Wolfgang Amadè Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture 
Kevin Kaska: The Wizard of Menlo Park 
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 From the New World


Wednesday August 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: TBA)

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Program: Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse 

A Concert Performance — in music and dance

The Boys from Syracuse Broadway musical,
based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors


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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