BLO Launches ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ Initiative to Welcome People with Disabilities to Summer Concerts

July 12, 2011
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The board of trustees and overseers of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra recently announces a new initiative for its 2011 season entitled “Breaking Down Barriers” designed to remove barriers for people with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities to attend its concerts.

“Boston Landmarks Orchestra is serious about making great music accessible to everyone,” said Charles J. Washburn, executive director of VSA Massachusetts (The State Organization on Arts and Disability). “They’ve taken stock of the things that might make getting to the Hatch Shell for a concert difficult for some people and are working to make their concerts welcoming to everyone.  They are ready to help and their concerts are free.  Don’t hesitate to accept this open invitation to enjoy Boston’s Esplanade and a summer full of great music.”

Through a partnership with the Multi-Cultural Independent Living Center of Boston on all aspects of the project, the Orchestra will provide both Braille and large text programs at all of its concerts this summer.  Sign language interpreters will be present for its Aug. 3 concert in collaboration with the Boston Lyric Opera. This is being made possible with the help of Christopher Robinson, and the team of interpreters will consist of Stacey D’Onofrio and Aimee L.S. Robinson.

With the recent accessibility upgrade of The Charles/MGH MBTA station and the work done by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on the grounds of the Hatch Shell, the opportunity for people with disabilities to enjoy events on the Esplanade has increased. There is a drop off location on site at the Hatch Shell, and designated handicapped parking spots will be available along Storrow Drive. Thanks to the City of Boston’s Commission for People with Disabilities, some additional handicapped parking spots will also be provided along Beacon Street near Arlington Street.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents great music for free every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., from July 13 through Aug. 31 at the DCR’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.

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