Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces Full Schedule for Summer Season

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces Full Schedule for Summer Season

(Boston, MA)--Inspired by the people, artists, and heritage of a great city, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (LO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer announces its 2016 season of free concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell at the Esplanade.

"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 2016 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 possibly 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."

Free Hatch Shell concerts are held every Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) from July 13 through August 31, 2016. Partner organizations for the 2016 season include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Back Bay Chorale, and the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. LO brings smaller, more intimate concerts to several Greater Boston neighborhoods, including Pinebank Promontory in Jamaica Plain (July 10; 6 p.m.) and others to be announced.

Youth focused programming this season includes a pop-inspired composition performed by young 'All Stars' from East Boston's ZUMIX, under the guidance of 2016 composer-in-residence, Gonzalo Grau. Young performers from Camp Harbor View, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and Conservatory Lab Charter School perform alongside the orchestra's members, who are among the leading professional musicians in New England.

For more information visit landmarksorchestra.org.

2016 SEASON PROGRAMS

JULY 13 - RHAPSODY IN GREEN - (Opening Night)
Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor

In partnership with Conservatory Lab Charter School, Revolution of Hope, Roxbury; Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Mass Audubon; and The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland.

Music of the wilds and the countryside. Tan Dun's Secret of Wind and Birds mimics sounds and colors found in nature, incorporating birdsong activated by audience members on their cell phones. Michael Gandolfi's tribute to a garden in Scotland follows a tradition first established by Respighi, who introduced recorded birdsong into concert music in 1924 with his brilliant Respighi Pines of Rome. Rain date: July 14; Kresge Auditorium at MIT is the rain location for July 14

Vaughan Williams The Wasps Overture
Tan Dun Secret of Wind and Birds
Copland Music for Movies
Gandolfi The Garden of Cosmic Speculation - Part I
Respighi The Pines of Rome

JULY 20 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
In partnership with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Co-hosted by Peggy Fogelman, director

Peggy Fogelman, Director of the Gardner Museum, co-hosts an evening honoring the life and passions of Isabella Stewart Gardner. Highlights from the museum's collection and images from the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA-projected above the orchestra-are shown in coordination with the music. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is performed in Ravel's masterful orchestration. Rain Date July 21; Kresge Auditorium at MIT is the rain location for July 21.

Sung Rockwell Reflections
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
Offenbach Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman
Coolidge Isabella
Loeffler Divertissement espagnole
Falla Spanish Dance No. 1 from La vida breve

JULY 27 - VERDI & VALKYRIES
Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Jane Eaglen, soprano, One City Choir, Back Bay Chorale (Scott Allen Jarrett, music director) and the North End Music and Performing Arts Children's Choir.

One of the greatest dramatic singers of her generation, Jane Eaglen, soprano, headlines a powerhouse program. Highlights from Wagner's Ring include The Ride of the Valkyries and the dramatic final scene of the cycle. The stirring Anvil Chorus precedes the New England premiere of a major work by Verdi, Libera me, which five years later he transformed into the dramatic conclusion of the Requiem. Rain date: July 28; Kresge Auditorium at MIT is the rain location for July 28.

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,1869) New England
Premiere
Wagner Das Rheingold selections
Wagner The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Wagner Siegfried's Death, Funeral March, and Immolation Scene from Die
Götterdämmerung