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Boston Landmarks Orchestra to perform Shakespeare interpretation, MLK tribute at summer concerts

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 10, 2013 01:05 PM

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Salsa, an interpretation of Shakespeare, and a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. will all be part of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s summer season that offers free concerts to Bostonians.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra has announced it will again host multiple free concerts on the Charles River Esplanade and additional concerts and educational activities across Boston this summer.

"The 2013 season offers outstanding concerts on Boston's Esplanade, in the heart of the city but a world away,” the orchestra’s music director Christopher Wilkins said in a statement. “Diverse traditions of symphonic music serve as a gathering point for the whole community."

The orchestra, which aims to bring together diverse communities in the shared experience of music, will open its season with “At the River,” a new work by Northeastern University’s Anthony De Ritis in a program paying tribute to city, state, and national parks.

The concert features Landmarks Orchestra concertmaster Gregory Vitale as soloist, and is part of Boston’s inaugural Outside the Box Festival, a new multi-day performing arts festival.

The orchestra will also perform alongside the celebrated Conservatory Lab Charter School’s Dudamel Orchestra in a newly commissioned work by Michael Gandolfi, Composition Department Chair at the New England Conservatory of Music.

An educational edition of this program will take place at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester on May 24.

Salsa musicians join the orchestra for “A Night in the Tropics” concert inspired by Latin American music and dance.

The summer concludes with two major collaborative projects. The orchestra will team with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company to perform a concert version of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate,” based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

On August 28, the 50th anniversary to the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, artists, schools, and organizations from throughout the region celebrate one of the greatest orations in American history. Music, imagery, the spoken word, a musical setting of the speech, and a performance of Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait will serve as a tribute to Dr. King and his vision.

Additional partnerships include Boston Lyric Opera and the medical community’s Longwood Symphony, presented by the Landmarks Orchestra as a guest orchestra.

The Hatch Shell concerts take place every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from July 17 through August 28.

Special neighborhood events this season include a performance of Swanee Hunt’s The Witness Cantata on June 9 at 2 pm, at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain, as a tribute to the women of South Sudan.

The Landmarks Winds perform at noon on June 21 at Brighton Landing as part of National Music Day.

The Landmarks Brass Ensemble performs an additional concert in Jamaica Plain on July 14 at 6 p.m. at Pinebank Promontory, introduced by the young brass ensemble of the Conservatory Lab Charter School.

For a second year in a row, the Landmarks Orchestra will perform at the WGBH/Boston Globe Summer Arts Weekend on July 28 at 4 p.m. in Copley Square.

The orchestra will also offers Braille programs, American Sign Language interpretation, and ambassadors to help people who arrive via THE RIDE to ensure the performances are accessible to all.

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