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Starting the Landmarks Festival at the Shell

July 5, 2012

Our  Landmarks Festival at the Shell season begins on Wednesday, July 11th at 7 P.M. at the DCR Hatch Shell. This season will feature many special guests and performers, including the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Civic Symphony. Our Festival at the Shell series has become a tradition in the Boston arts scene, and we’re looking forward to a musical summer.

The Opening Night: All Copland concert on July 11th will feature Holly Krafka and the New World Chorale as well as a choir representing Boston’s neighborhoods. The music will be all Aaron Copland classics while the choir will present the city of Boston as “one city through arts and culture.” It will be a great way to kick off the season.

Fiesta Sinfónica will be a Latin music performance on July 18th. The show will featuring performers from the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts and a salsa band, Y Amigos. This concert will be particularly special because the orchestra will be premiering two new pieces, Caribeña by Miguel del Aguila and Viaje (Afro-Caribbean Suite) by Gonzalo Grau.

On July 25th, the orchestra will host the At the River concert on the Esplanade. This concert will celebrate advocacy for safe and clean water on the 40th anniversary of The Clean Water Act with music and songs about the beauty of nature and water.

The Boston Civic Symphony will join us for our fourth concert on August 1st. Max Hobart will serve as conductor as we welcome our first guest orchestra to the Hatch Shell stage. The program will feature music from Ludwig van Beethoven, Édouard Lalo and Gustav Holst.

The following Wednesday, August 8th, we welcome the Boston Lyric Opera to join the Landmarks Orchestra on stage once again. Conductor David Angus will bring operatic music to the Hatch Shell along with singers Michelle Trainor, Caroline Worra, Heather Johnson, Neal Ferreira, Dinyar Vania and David Kravitz.

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will be our special guest orchestra on Wednesday, August 15th. This concert will feature music from Mozart as well as a collaboration with the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.

Our Landmarks Virtuosos concert will take place on August 22nd. Christopher Wilkins will conduct the orchestra as they perform classical pieces from Schumann, Haydn, Mendelssohn and more.

Finally, the Symphonic Shakespeare concert on August 29th will be our last performance at the Hatch Shell for 2012. For this final concert, we will be welcoming the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company as we perform Shakespeare-inspired music to thousands of people on the Esplanade.

We cannot wait for Opening Night and the following concerts and we hope to see you there!

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