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Boston Landmarks Orchestra

Inspired by the people, artists, and heritage of the city of Boston [Massachusetts, USA], the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (LO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer present free outdoor concerts at the US Department of Conservation and Recreation's Hatch Shell at the Esplanade. Free Hatch Shell concerts (and one film) are performed by New England's most talented professional musicians every Wednesday evening (7pm) through 31 August 2016.

'Universal access and summertime fun lie at the heart of all Boston Landmarks Orchestra programs. Children, families, cultural organizations and first-time concertgoers all have an important role to play', says Wilkins. 'The orchestra's fifteenth anniversary season is also the most interactive in our history, as members of our community are active participants in almost every program.'

Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer added: 'Our 2015 season was so extraordinary in every way that I confess I was having a hard time imagining how 2016 could be as good or better. My worries, however, were misplaced. Our incomparably creative Music Director Christopher Wilkins has outdone himself in planning a 2016 season that promises to be every bit as imaginative, inspiring, artistically excellent and inclusive as any season yet.'

The orchestra's focus includes new commissions, youth collaborations, and over thirty partner organizations for the 2016 season including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Back Bay Chorale, Zumix, and the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands.

Concerts include Verdi & Valkyries (27 July - Puccini, Verdi and Wagner), Landmarks Lollapalooza (10 August - John Adams, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Gonzalo Grau and Grieg), Footloose and Fancy Free (17 August - Richard Rodgers, Skalkottas, Clint Needham, Gonzalo Grau, Kareem Roustom, Ryan Edwards, Patrick Greene and Leonard Bernstein) and a performance of Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse (31 August 2016), all at 7pm. There's also a film screening of the 1949 musical On the Town (3 August, starting at dusk) and a performance by the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Boston's medical community orchestra (24 August, 7pm - Mozart, Kevin Kaska and Dvořák).

Information: www.landmarksorchestra.org

Posted: 21 July 2016

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