Riverfront Regulars (Excerpt from “Five Must-See Arts and Entertainment Events in July”)
by Matthew Reed Baker
bostonmagazine.com (July 2, 2013)
For those looking to get their orchestral fix on the Esplanade sans fireworks, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra starts its summer season this month, with weekly Wednesday concerts at the Hatch Shell. Opening night features Beethoven and Strauss, as well as the premiere of “At the River,” a new work by Northeastern’s music department chair, Anthony De Ritis.
Wednesday July 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DCR Hatch Shell
Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Rhapsody in Green
At the River by Anthony De Ritis (premiere)
The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams
Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Symphony No. 6, Pastorale by Beethoven
Landmarks Orchestra kicks off with ‘Rhapsody in Green’
By Jeffrey Gantz
bostonglobe.com (July 19, 2013)
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra opened its 2013 summer season at the DCR Hatch Shell Wednesday with its annual green concert in celebration of America’s city, state, and national parks. And the program for this “Rhapsody in Green” could hardly have been more enticing: the premiere of “At the River,” by Northeastern University music-department chair Anthony De Ritis, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Lark Ascending,” Johann Strauss II’s “Tales From the Vienna Woods,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastorale.” On a hot, humid night, the BLO performances were a breath of cool air.
De Ritis’s uplifting composition, a setting of the 19th-century Robert Lowry hymn “Shall We Gather at the River,” was big and dramatic, with a touch of Hollywood or the Pops. Myran Parker-Brass, Boston Public Schools’ executive director for the arts, gave the vocal solo heartfelt power and resonance.