Free Wednesday concerts at Boston’s Hatch Shell, July 17-August 21

Posted on: July 9, 2019

On July 17, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform its first free concert of the summer at the Hatch Memorial Shell on Boston’s Esplanade, with Music Director Christopher Wilkins leading a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The family-friendly event accompanied by visuals from the Hayden Planetarium will include John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Leroy Anderson’s Summer Skies, Richard Strauss’s Thus Spake Zarathustra, and music from Philip Glass’s Icarus at the Edge of Time and John Williams’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra performs free concerts on Wednesdays at the Hatch Shell through August 21, with programs to include songs and spirituals by African American composers, a concert focusing on the environmental impacts of climate change, and a “music to move by” concert with dancers from the Boston Ballet and music inspired by the Romani people, Haiti, and Vodou cultures, and West African drumming. Also performing on Wednesday evenings at the Hatch Shell will be two other Boston-based ensembles hosted by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra: the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and the Mercury Orchestra. This year marks the 90th season of free Wednesday evening concerts at the Hatch Shell.  

Posted July 9, 2019