Boston Landmarks Orchestra shifts free summer outdoor concerts online

Posted on: July 17, 2020

“Since its founding in 2001, Boston Landmarks Orchestra has offered free outdoor concerts each summer as a gift to the city of Boston,” writes Karen Campbell in Wednesday’s (7/15) Boston Globe. “This summer, accessibility takes a different spin. Instead of live concerts at the DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell, the ensemble will stream performances right into audiences’ living rooms on July 15 and 29…. The 18 instrumentalists involved are … making music together while socially distanced, with everyone who can wearing masks, and brass and wind players behind plexiglass shields…. Taping is taking place in Futura Productions’ 60-by-38-foot state-of-the-art recording studio … in Roslindale…. Audio engineer Steve Colby … says … video cameras will be strategically placed to evoke the visuals of ‘a miniature TV show.’ … The project is an ambitious pivot for the orchestra, but one Co-Executive Directors Mary Deissler and Arthur Rishi believe is an important adaptation to the current moment…. ‘If you want to bring classical music to all people, you have to think open-mindedly about how programs might come across [to people] who haven’t been exposed to classical music,’ says music director Christopher Wilkins. ‘We’re about accessibility in every way we can imagine.’ ”