Boston Landmarks Orchestra Returns to the Esplanade with Free Outdoor Concert Series at Hatch Shell | BU today

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What?

Boston Monument Orchestra launches a series of free concerts on the Charles River Esplanade tonight, August 4, at 7 p.m. The evening’s program will include a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and works by renowned black composers William Grant Still, Nkeiru Okoye, James P. Johnson and Florence Price.

When?

Wednesday August 4, 7 p.m.

Where?

Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston

Directions: By public transport, take an MBTA Red Line train to Charles / MGH or a Green Line streetcar to Arlington. Walk towards the Charles River and cross the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge to the Esplanade.

How many?

All concerts are free.

Why should I go?

One of Boston’s most popular summer traditions returns tonight, August 4, when Boston Monument Orchestra (BLO) is launching a series of free concerts, which will take place every Wednesday until September 1. Tonight, the orchestra, led by BLO conductor Christopher Wilkins, will perform Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony, as well as works by notable black American composers, including William Grant Encore (Spirituals: a Medley), Florence Price (Concert opening n ° 2), Nkeiru Okoye (I am Harriet Tubman, free woman) and James P. Johnson (Drums). The BLO 2020 series has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The orchestra, made up of many of the Boston area’s best professional musicians, will also perform the work of George Gershwin. Get the group up: Opening and Jules Massenet Thais: Meditation.

Since 2001, the BLO has given free concerts every Wednesday evening from mid-July to August at the Hatch Shell. During this period, the orchestra has carved out a reputation for its inclusive repertoire and community outreach (they give concerts in neighborhoods of the city).

Other concerts this season include From Rachmaninoff to Ellington: Music and Healing, August 11 Amazing Grace & Marche de Sousa, a symphonic wind concert on August 25, and, for its season finale on September 1, Rhapsody in Blue & American Portraits, a concert of works by American composers. August 18, Longwood Symphony Orchestra and Mercury Orchestra will perform pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra performs this evening, Wednesday, August 4 to September 1, at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade at 7 p.m. All concerts are free. Find a route to the Hatch Shell here, information on cancellations here, and a full list of BLO concerts here. Note: If inclement weather conditions are forecast on the day of a concert, you should check www.landmarksorchestra.org, one of BLO’s social media pages, or call 617-987-2000 after 4 p.m. for any change of date or location.

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