A Concert on the Esplanade Lawn

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A concert on the lawn feels so quintessentially summer, especially when the lawn is on the banks of the Charles, with the skyline of Back Bay behind. While we always love spending time on the Esplanade, the performances from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra make summer Wednesday evenings an ideal time to enjoy this beautiful spot!

Last year, my husband and I would time our evening stroller walks to be passing by while the music was playing, so we could camp out on a nearby bench and then continue on when Serena got antsy. This year, I am thinking to bring a picnic blanket and bring an easy supper, and then stroll home right before bedtime. What a treat to attend a concert by the river and watch dusk set over the city!

There are four Wednesday evening concerts left in the season — how quickly summer goes by! We are marking our calendar to make sure we don’t miss them. Here is a little more info about each one:

August 2, 2017 at 7:00pm, Beethoven Symphony No. 9

The drama of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—a journey from darkness to light—is one of the glories of Western art. Beethoven believed in music’s power to redeem a suffering humanity, to bring us closer to heaven in this life. His music to Goethe’s play, Egmont, came at the apex of his “Heroic Period.” The story honors the sacrifice of a nobleman condemned to death for resisting tyranny. The sublime Romance in F for solo violin and orchestra is among Beethoven’s most sweetly lyrical instrumental works. Rain date: August 3 at Hatch Shell or Kresge Auditorium at MIT.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Adrian Anantawan, violin
Michelle Johnson, soprano
Emily Marvosh, contralto
William Hite, tenor
Ron Williams, baritone
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale, Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director

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

August 9, 2017 at 7:00pm, Anthems of the World

Fired by local pride, some of Western music’s most passionate works are closely identified with their cultures of origin. At its premiere, Finlandia was heard to symbolize Finnish independence. It is now considered a second Finnish national anthem. Dvořák urged American composers to borrow from the spirituals, much as he had employed Czech folk songs in his own writing. Márquez’s Danzón No. 2has become one of the most popular of all orchestral dances. The young musicians of ZUMiX are featured in a Landmarks-commissioned work they have created with composer Gonzalo GrauRain date: August 10 at Hatch Shell or Kresge Auditorium at MIT.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
in partnership with ZUMiX and Boston String Academy

Jean SibeliusFinlandia
Amy Beach Gaelic Symphony: Alla siciliana
Arturo Márquez Danzón No. 2
Kareem Roustom Aleppo Songs
Gonzalo Grau new work for ZUMiX
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8

August 16, 2017 at 7:00pm, Longwood Symphony Orchestra: A Night in Vienna

Boston’s medical community orchestra has been a leader in innovative programming and community engagement for thirty-five years. Recognizing that music is at its essence a healing art, the Longwood Symphony serves the Greater Boston area through performances and programming related to the services these musicians provide in their medical professions. Music Director Ronald Feldman conducts. No rain date. 

Longwood Symphony Orchestra | Ronald Feldman, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven 

Coriolan Overture
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Wolfgang Amadè Mozart Symphony No. 31
Johann Strauss Jr. On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Strauss Jr. Accelerations

August 23, 2017 at 7:00pm, Landmarks Dance Carnival

“Music to move by” from many cultures features dancers from across the city. Composer and drummer Ryan Edwards teams up with Apostolos Paraskevas to create a new work for young drummers and dancers from Camp Harbor View and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. The evening culminates in a grand performance of Copland’s Rodeo with choreography by Peter DiMuro. It will be hard for anyone to sit still for this season finale. But at Boston Landmarks Orchestra concerts, that’s perfectly okay. Rain Date: Thursday, August 24 at Hatch Shell

Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Peter DiMuro, choreographer and curator
in partnership with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion; The Dance Complex; Boston Ballet IIConservatory Lab Charter School; Camp Harbor View; Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; Irish and Brazilian traditional dancers

Johann Strauss Jr. Emperor Waltzes
Brazilian and Irish 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)
“Pioneers” choreographed by Peter DiMuro in collaboration with those performing ”
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion and guests Boston Ballet II in association with The Dance Complex

Image courtesy of Landmarks Orchestra.

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