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Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces Free Summer Concerts at the Boston Hatch Shell, July 20-August 24

June 23, 2022 | By Stephanie Janes

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Brings Free Orchestral Music to the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade and Boston Neighborhoods this Summer, July 20-August 24

The free concerts and events bring the joy of live music to Boston audiences and beyond, highlighting community, diversity, accessibility, and the joy of sharing great orchestral music

Highlights include the world premiere commission of “Many Mansions” by Diane White-Clayton; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the One City Choir, Coro Allegro, and vocal soloists; the Boston premiere of William Dawson's “Negro Folk Symphony”; and cuatrista Fabiola Me´ndez named Composer-In-Residence for 2022-23

For Immediate Release — June 23, 2022 — Boston Landmarks Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, brings its annual summer series of free, live orchestral concerts to the iconic DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade, with a special focus on concerts in East Boston, Chelsea, Roxbury, and Mattapan. Rooted in the mission “we build community through great music,” Landmarks Orchestra is thrilled to present a concert series of free events which showcase a diversity of music and cultures.

Programming this summer celebrates a dazzling array of composers and music. Highlights include the world premiere of “Many Mansions,” a new orchestral and choral work by Diane White-Clayton based on Roland Carter’s arrangement of “In Bright Mansions Above”; the Boston premiere of William Dawson's “Negro Folk Symphony”; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the One City Choir, Coro Allegro, and vocal soloists; a new partnership with the Four Strings Academy; and the announcement of cuatrista Fabiola Me´ndez as Composer-In-Residence for 2022-23 to work with Boston students on composition and performance workshops.

Music Director Christopher Wilkins says “The 2022 season is filled with music the whole family will enjoy—works by Gershwin and Bernstein, the William Tell Overture, a performance of Pines of Rome in the series finale, and much more. There are great monuments of the orchestral literature, including the Beethoven ‘Ninth’ and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. And as always, performances fulfilling Landmarks Orchestra's unique cultural mission, addressing Boston history, cultural diversity, and conflict and reconciliation. We are also thrilled to begin an exciting long-term collaboration with Puerto Rican cuatro virtuoso, Fabiola Méndez.

Following a strategic planning process led by Chair of the Board of Advisors, Jean Scarrow and Landmarks Orchestra Board Chair Emmett G. Price III, the organization is embarking on a 10-year strategic plan. Primary goals stemming from the plan are to increase the diversity of audiences, ensembles, and staff to be more representative of the residents of the City of Boston; bring more community-based programming into Boston neighborhoods; and develop deep and authentic partnerships with partner communities within the next decade.

New Partnerships and Community Outreach

At the heart of each Landmarks Orchestra season is the spirit of community and collaboration.

This year’s partnerships and collaborations include:

  •  A new relationship with Four Strings Academy, a music training institution founded by Mariana Hill. Students from the Academy will join Landmarks principal string players for a Prelude Performance on July 20.
  • Partnering with the Hyde Square Task Force and Ágora, founded by Elsa Mosquera Sterenberg, led to a grant from the Yawkey Foundation to fund our first Composer in Residence—cuatrista Fabiola Me´ndez. She will spend a year in residence, working with students to create a new work that will premiere on the Landmark’s 2023 summer season. A preview concert of the work will happen in January 2023 (details TBA).
  • A grant from The Cummings Foundation which will support Landmarks Orchestra’s Music & Memory program with performances in assisted living centers which specialize in care for patients with memory loss and dementia.
  • In partnership with Carnegie Hall, Link Up introduces students grades 3-5 to an orchestra by helping them become part of it. Students are given the opportunity to join Boston Landmarks Orchestra in a highly participatory program in which they learn to sing or play an instrument in the classroom, with a culminating performance. Landmarks Orchestra is the only orchestra in the state to work with Link Up.
  •   Landmarks has partnered with longtime Performing Arts ASL Interpreter with the Orchestra, Christopher Robinson, who will lead a group of advisors to develop strategies which will make Landmarks events more accessible. This summer’s performances will include ASL interpreters at many performances, and SUBPAC’s will be available at select performances. SUBPAC is a patented tactile audio system that provides a high-resolution immersive experience by quietly and accurately transferring deep bass frequencies to create an immersive, physical, full-body experience.


2022 Summer Concerts and Events

An ASL interpreter will be present at many performances; see the website for current details.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 7pm ET | Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Prelude Concert:
 Four Strings Academy with Landmarks Orchestra Principal Strings

Bedrich Smetana, “The Moldau” from Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)
Ethyl SmythThe Wreckers Overture                     
Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Hector BerliozSymphonie fantastique                               


Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 7pm ET | Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Giuseppe VerdiNabucco Overture
Florence PriceEthiopia’s Shadow in America
Boris Lyatoshinsky, Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Peace Shall Defeat War
            Andante maestoso—Allegro impetuoso (1st movement)
Jan SibeliusFinlandia
David Amram, Symphony: Songs of the Soul (Shiray Neshama)
            Freilekh (Dance of Joy) (3rd movement)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy                 


Saturday, August 6, 2022, 7pm ET | Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sirgourney Cook, soprano
Tichina Vaughn, mezzo-soprano
Ethan Bremner, tenor
Phillip Bullock, baritone
David W. Hodgkins, chorus master
One City Choir
Coro Allegro   

Gioachino RossiniWilliam Tell Overture               
Johann Strauss, Jr,. To America: Fair Columbia Waltzes                                                  
Diane White-ClaytonMany Mansions (world premiere performance)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125                                                           


Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 7pm ET | Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Fabiola Me´ndez, cuatro

George GershwinCuban Overture            
Georges Bizet, L’Arlésienne (excerpts from original version)
Carlos Chávez, Sinfonia india
Florence PriceFolksongs in Counterpoint (selections)
Fabiola Me´ndez, Bomba pa' la diaspora and other selections
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 in A major, “Italian”


Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 7pm ET | Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Leonard BernsteinCandide Overture
William DawsonNegro Folk Symphony (Boston premiere)                      
Georges Enesco, Romanian Rhapsody in A major, op. 11, No. 1  
Ottorino RespighiThe Pines of Rome                                           

About Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in 2001 by conductor and community advocate Charles Ansbacher. The orchestra is comprised of many of the area's finest professional musicians. In its earliest years, the orchestra performed in such historically important settings as Fenway Park, the USS CONSTITUTION pier, Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park, Copley Square, Boston Common, and other landmark locations. Since 2007, its principal home has been at the DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell. For more history visit

Major funders of Boston Landmarks Orchestra include the Free for All Concert Fund, The Boston Foundation, Encore Boston Harbor, Liberty Mutual and the Klarman Foundation. These programs are supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the League of American Orchestras, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts Culture for the City of Boston. WCVB-TV and CRB Classical 99.5 are proud media sponsors.




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