Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Great Music for Free Every Summer!
Great Music for Free Every Summer!
Final Concert of the 2014 Season!
Wednesday, August 27 at 7 pm
DCR's Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
A Boston Landmarks Orchestra concert at the DCR's Hatch Shell is a casual, relaxing evening for our audiences. But did you ever wonder how many people and how many hours are required to transform the Shell and lawn into an outdoor concert hall? This time-lapse video was filmed at a recent concert, and gives a glimpse into what happens when we are setting up on a typical Wednesday. On days when the weather is questionable, it's tempting to try to stay at the Shell until the last minute and see if the weather clears up, and some people have asked why we can't simply go back to the Shell later in the day if conditions improve. After watching this video, We think you will understand why rain decisions must be made early and can't be reversed. Many thanks to Scott Taylor for creating this video.
Packing a Picnic and Other Tips for Enjoying Your Experience at the DCR's Hatch Shell
- Make the perfect dish-the choice is yours.
- Put all the food in a see through bag- it will be faster to get through security and coolers on wheels are a “no-no."
- Use sealed plastic containers for beverages. No alcohol please!
- Bring your folding or beach chair, if you’d like, but you’re also welcome to rent a folding chair at the Landmarks Information Tent.
- Spread the goodies out on a blanket or tarp. Be sure it’s no bigger than 10’ x 12’.
- Gates open at 5:30 PM, so come early for a great spot. There are entrances near the Hatch Shell, at the foot of the Arthur Fiedler Bridge and one near the concession stand. If you aren’t carrying anything, go through the “No Bags” line.
- Bathrooms are on site behind the Hatch Shell.
- Take the T. Arlington and Charles Street stations are the closest. There is no parking on Storrow Drive, but there is a handicapped drop-off point. Paid parking is available at the LAZ Parking Lot at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Boston Common Garage.
- Bring your kids, in strollers or on foot, and give them an opportunity to conduct in the Maestro Zone.
- Check the weather the day of the concert on this page starting at 4 pm, or with our partners at WCVB TV. You can also download our mobile app for push notifications.
Since 2001, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra has brought together diverse communities of Boston through the common language of music.
Made up of some of Boston’s most accomplished professional musicians, the orchestra presents free concerts at the DCR’s Hatch Shell along the Esplanade adjacent to the Charles River. It also offers family concerts and educational programs at no cost in the neighborhoods of Greater Boston. More than 50,000 people attended Landmarks events in 2013.
Collaborating with arts, cultural, education and social service organizations, the orchestra seeks to ensure that great music is available to audiences across ethnic, economic and cultural boundaries. It makes special efforts to bridge the limits that have traditionally provided barriers for people with disabilities.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our programs are made possible by the financial generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations.
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We are grateful to the Free for All Concert Fund for its contribution to the orchestra.