Free Concerts at the Hatch Shell, Anyone?

Here's the schedule for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra's annual summer series.


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Summer on the Esplanade sounds especially sweet on Wednesday nights in July and August, when the Boston Landmarks Orchestra hosts free weekly concerts at the DCR Hatch Shell.

The 2017 season, just announced, will open with “Music for a Summer Evening” on July 19, followed by five more weeks of classical music. Beethoven fans can mark August 2 on their calendars for Symphony No. 9. The final evening on August 23 will have a dance carnival theme.

Those with discerning tastes can read the more detailed overviews of each evening’s program on As for the rest of us, it’s picnic time.


July 19
Music for a Summer Evening

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Prelude: Boston University Tanglewood Institute Brass and Wind Quintets (student brass and wind quintets from BUTI will play as audience arrives, between 6:15 and 6:45)

Vaughan Williams, English Folk Song Suite
Frederick Delius, Summer Evening
Peggy Stuart Coolidge, The Blue Planet
Samuel Barber, Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Giuseppe Verdi, “Winter’ and ‘Summer’ from I vespri siciliani
Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations  

July 26
Mercury Orchestra Symphonic Opera

Channing Yu, Music Director

Richard Wagner, Die Meistersinger — An Orchestral Tribute
Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier Suite

August 2
Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Adrian Anantawan, violin
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale
Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director

Ludwig van Beethoven Egmont Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven  Violin Romance in F
Ludwig van Beethoven   Symphony No. 9

August 9
Anthems of the World

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Boston Arts Academy Spirituals Ensemble
Gonzalo Grau, composer

Jean Sibelius Finlandia
Amy Beach Gaelic Symphony: Alla siciliana
Traditional Spirituals
Kareem Roustom Aleppo Songs
Gonzalo Grau new work for Zumix
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8

August 16
Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Ronald Feldman, Music Director

August 23
Landmarks Dance Carnival

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Peter DiMuro, curator/choreographer Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion and The Dance Complex
Ryan Edwards, composer and drummer
Apostolos Paraskevas, composer and orchestrator
Conservatory Lab Charter School (CLCS)
Camp Harbor View
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Irish and Brazilian Traditional Dancers

Johann Strauss Jr. Emperor Waltzes
Brazilian and Irish Dance traditional dance music
Georges Enesco Romanian Rhapsody No. 1
Ryan Edwards/Apostolos Paraskevas  new work for Camp Harbor View and Boys & Girls Clubs
Aaron Copland Rodeo (complete ballet music)


Wednesdays, July 19-August 23, 7 p.m. at the DCR Hatch Shell. For more specifics on each concert, including rain dates, visit