A blanket, a picnic, and beautiful music under the stars make for memorable summer nights. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's 2012 Landmarks Festival at the Shell offers eight opportunities beginning Wednesday with an all-Copland program. A One City Choir, which includes hundreds of voices from Boston area choruses, performs selections from "The Tender Land" and other works. Upcoming concerts present merengue and mambo, opera, music celebrating Shakespeare, and more.
Free concerts at 7 p.m. at DCR Memorial Hatch Shell, Boston. Rain location: Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. www.landmarksorchestra.org
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