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2012 Landmarks Season Highlights

September 12, 2012

With summer drawing to a close we wanted to take a moment to share some highlights from a spectacular season at the Hatch Shell. This year’s concerts were different from years past, many of these concert events were hosted in collaboration with other non-profit organizations or groups from all over the city. We are so grateful to everyone who helped make these concerts a huge success, from our 200-person choir on Opening Night to the fantastic actors and dancers who made our final concert a memorable one, everyone really came together to make this one of our most memorable seasons yet.  We’d also like to extend a special thanks to the 60,000 – 70,000 attendees who came to watch our concerts this summer. Without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

July 11th – Opening Night

Our “One City Choir” and orchestra prepare for an All Copland program

The first night of our concert series kicked off with a Copland bang as we saw our biggest audience on record at the Hatch Shell. DCR staff estimated 10,000 people that night. Along with a beautiful sunset, Landmarks couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2012 season!

July 19th- Fiesta Sinfónica in the South End

Though the next Wednesday was stricken with torrential rains, our Fiesta Sinfónica concert in the South End was well received, and for good reason. With the combination of lively salsa music mixed with dancing, even the children in front of the stage performed their own choreography.

July 25th – At the River

Ocean River Institute was one of many advocacy groups for clean water

This week Landmarks had partnered with 20 different environmental organizations advocating for clean water. As we performed our program inspired by water (The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II for example), families walked around to each booth learning about the importance of keeping our waters clean and safe.

August 1st – Guest Orchestra: Boston Civic Symphony

Ilana Zaks proudly finishes her piece (photo by Mickey Goldin)

On the first day of August, we were fortunate to have the Boston Civic Symphony play for us at the Hatch Shell with a special performance by 12-year-old Ilana Zaks. Ilana impressed concertgoers that evening with her mastery of the violin.

August 8th – Collaboration with Boston Lyric Opera

The Boston Lyric Opera came to our Festival at the Shell on August 8th, performing classic works from Wagner, Puccini and more, some of which have been taken from the Opera’s 2012-2013 season. It certainly adds some depth to a show when we can combine orchestral music with live singing and acting.

August 15th – Guest Orchestra: Longwood Symphony Orchestra

The weather on August 15th was playing games with us. With threatening thunderstorms all evening, we felt it best to move into the Back Bay Events Center. One of the most enjoyable moments of this concert was the heartfelt performance given by Eric Lu as he played Piano Concerto No. 21. Unfortunately, we were not able to obtain a photo of the orchestra from the concert. Here the orchestra is pictured from their 2010 Healing Art of Music outreach program at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

August 22nd – Landmarks Virtuosos

Landmarks Virtuosos began the night with a four-horn execution of Schumann’s Concertstück

This week we had our second annual Landmarks Virtuosos concert in which we proudly showcased some of our own musicians as soloists. This concert was especially well received with feedback even coming into our Twitter page. @AlexandraAlene exclaimed, “great concert – a knockout Schumann, the Haydn perfect for a summer night, + Mndlsshn capped it off w/ line + depth. Bravi!” We were proud of the classical mastery performed by our soloists.

August 29th – Collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare

By August 29th, it was hard to believe that the end of our concert series was already upon us. However, we were thrilled to have Commonwealth Shakespeare Company take center stage with us for the first (and hopefully not the last) time this year. Actors, dancers and musicians alike performed their hearts out and we were pleased to see the audience smile and laugh along with us. An unforgettable end to an incredible summer!

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