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Schweitzer on the Esplanade for a Pops concert in 1949, courtesy of the BSO Archives.

Schweitzer on the Esplanade for a Pops concert in 1949, courtesy of the BSO Archives.

What’s the only thing better than free outdoor concerts?

Free outdoor concerts with a message—and tonight’s Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) concert definitely fits the bill.

It’s been three months since the world premiere of Gene Scheer’s Albert Schweitzer Portrait—featuring Schweitzer’s inspiring words about service to others—was performed by LSO (and narrated by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher).

Tonight at 7 p.m., LSO revisits Albert Schweitzer Portrait in their annual free summer concert at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. This time around, Portrait will be narrated by Dr. S. Allen Counter, Founding Director of The Harvard Foundation of Harvard University, and Consul General of Sweden for New England.

Albert Schweitzer Portrait was co-commissioned by LSO and The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Dr. Schweitzer’s historic visit to the United States in 1949—which included a visit to the Esplanade for a Pops concert (see pic above, which is courtesy of the BSO Archives). The work is currently tracing Dr. Schweitzer’s five-city American journey through Boston, Chicago, Aspen, New York and Cleveland.

Visit LSO’s blog for more info — hope to see you tonight!

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