Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 7:00p -
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108
Date Idea, Music
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra returns to the Hatch Shell with a series of free Wednesday night performances through July and August.
July 15 at 7:00 pm
(rain date TBA)
Opening Night: Rhapsody in Green
Mysteries of the sea resonate in Debussy’s La Mer and Hovhaness’s And God Created Great Whales, a work featuring actual whale songs provided by the New England Aquarium. Hometown favorite Jayne West performs Berklee Professor Francine Trester’s gorgeous new setting of At the River. And Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts’s miniature tone poem River's Rush flows with melodic waves and swirling orchestral color.
July 22 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm)
Salsa meets symphony when Alex Alvear’s “pocket-sized salsa orchestra” heats up the Esplanade again this summer. From mambo to merengue, the spirit of dance permeates an evening of Latin symphonic music. Boston’s leading performers of Latin jazz are joined by the folkloric dancers of BAJUCOL and the gifted young musicians of the Conservatory Lab Charter School.
July 29 at 7:00 pm
Longwood Symphony Orchestra: A Night at the Ballet
Ronald Feldman, music director
The annual performance at the Hatch Shell by Boston’s medical community orchestra, always an innovator in programming and community engagement. This year’s program “A Night at the Ballet” features familiar ballet music including Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Firebird, and Offenbach’s delightful Gaîté Parisienne. Music Director Ronald Feldman conducts.
August 5 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm)
The Golden Age of Italian opera is about passion writ large. Its music now occupies a central place on the concert stages of the world. The thrilling voices of two stars of American opera join a coalition of outstanding Boston-area choruses. One of Fellini’s greatest films luxuriates in the festive and lyrical music of Nino Rota—who later composed music for The Godfather.
August 12 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm)
Sheherazade Meets Clarice Assad
Brazilian composer, pianist and vocalist Clarice Assad creates a joyful collaboration with neighborhood ensembles in music inspired by folk dance, storytelling and memories of childhood. Sheherazade, the vibrant symphonic poem based on One Thousand and One Nights is the well-loved creation of Rimsky-Korsakov who, as a Russian naval officer, once set anchor in Rio de Janeiro.
August 19 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm)
Drums Along the Charles
The Esplanade resounds with rhythms and dances of many ages and cultures. The Swordfishers features replicas of ancient stone instruments fashioned by a New England culture that thrived thousands of years ago. The Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists marks the orchestra’s first performance of music by Philip Glass, one of America’s most influential composers. Rachmaninoff’s final work—the brilliant and rhapsodic Symphonic Dances—caps the night.
August 26 at 7:00 pm
(rain date: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company present: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Stage and musical stars of Boston collaborate in the most celebrated of all musical scores written for a classic play. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most renowned, the most successful, and the most perfect incidental music in history. The famed Wedding March signals the story’s happy ending even though “the course of true love never did run smooth.”