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Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Each summer, thousands of people enjoy free classical music concerts at the Hatch Shell. Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in the year 2000 by Charles Ansbacher to perform free concerts at varying locations in greater Boston. The Landmarks Orchestra performances are of high quality, and bring classical music to a diverse population in Boston that may otherwise be unable to attend such concerts.

Some of the goals of the orchestra are to provide high quality music and make it available to all, foster a broad appreciation of classical music, enhance the awareness of greater Boston as a cultural destination, and promote the appreciation and preservation of historic and architectural landmarks in the area.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell
Boston Landmarks Orchestra

The main venue for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra is the Hatch Shell, but the orchestra also performs at other significant locations. The Sanders Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Jamaica Pond, and local churches have been locations for free concerts in the past.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is an asset to the community, it collaborates with greater Boston organizations such as schools, community centers, churches, museums, environmental groups, and senior centers to devise and implement educational partnerships of various forms, including youth programs, lectures, and open rehearsals.

Charles Ansbacher was the founder and former conductor of the orchestra. He attended Brown University and the University of Cincinnati, and had studied conducting in Salzburg, Austria and other European locations. Early in his music career he helped build the Colorado Springs Symphony. He held titled positions with orchestras in Boston, Moscow, Sarajevo, and Bishkek. He conducted the Boston Landmarks Orchestra through the Beethoven series in the summer of 2010, and passed away on September 12, 2010 at the age of 67.

July, 2016

Sunday July 10, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
(Rain Venue: TBA)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Brass Ensemble
with Robert Schulz, drums

5:00 pm Knucklebones Playspace
6:00 pm Concert Begins

Location: Pinebank Park, Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain, MA

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

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

Location: Hatch Shell

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

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

Location: Hatch Shell

Wednesday July 27, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: July 28 Location TBA)

Verdi & Valkyries

Guest Artists
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

Location: Hatch Shell

August, 2016

Wednesday August 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rescheduled: August 11 7:00 pm @ Hatch Shell)

Landmarks Lollapalooza

Guest Artists
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)

Location: Hatch Shell

Wednesday August 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: August 18 Location TBA)

Footloose and Fancy Free

Guest Artists
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

Location: Hatch Shell

Wednesday August 24, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(No Rain Date for this Event)

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

Location: Hatch Shell

Wednesday August 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
(Rain Date: September 1 Location TBA)

Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse

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

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

Location: Hatch Shell


Contact Information & Address:

Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Hatch Shell Venue) 
Storrow Drive & Mugar Way, Boston, MA 

Weather Hot Line: 617.987.2000 or Text Landmarks to 27138


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