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.

 

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