About the Boston Landmarks Orchestra
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a professional orchestra dedicated to making great music available to all Bostonians throughout the summer. Its main series takes place at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, with regular performances in other sites of civic or historical significance. The orchestra frequently collaborates with other artists and organizations in the region and is dedicated to serving all of Boston’s neighborhoods.
All performances are free.
History of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Maestro Charles Ansbacher created the Boston Landmarks Orchestra to make GREAT music available to ALL Bostonians through FREE, innovative performances in locations of special significance.
In 2007, the orchestra made its home at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. In the summers since, the Landmarks Festival at the Shell has established itself as Boston’s newest tradition. The orchestra is committed to maintaining Boston’s reputation as a world-class destination. During the summer much of the city’s cultural activities diminish, but through the Festival at the Shell, the city maintains its position as a cultural capital and center for tourism.
Maestro Ansbacher died in the autumn of 2010. The board unanimously chose Boston native Christopher Wilkins to carry on the orchestra’s mission as Music Director. His clear commitment to Ansbacher’s core values of artistic excellence, community engagement, and inclusive programming are evident.
The orchestra is committed to breaking down barriers for people with disabilities. It has also expanded its volunteer program and it is fast gaining resonance with both the young and the young at heart.
Building community through culture is a part of the orchestra’s DNA. To further underscore its importance, Christopher Wilkins has identified his 20/20 Vision: “By the year 2020, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will provide all residents of Boston’s 20 diverse neighborhoods opportunities to be involved in its programs both at the Hatch Shell and in the neighborhoods.” The launch in 2012 of Notes in the Neighborhoods has been especially significant.