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Metropolitan Wind Symphony

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Founded by Jerry Gardner in 1971, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony comprises over 70 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists who audition for membership and seating. It makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Boston community by providing its audiences with high quality concerts and its members with opportunities for musical growth.

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    Episode 12: Spring Concert 2013 "A World Premiere and a Brilliant Soloist!"

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    The Metropolitan WInd Symphony, Lewis J. Buckley, Conductor and Music Director This is a podcast preview of our next concert, which will be on Sunday, May 5 2013 at 2:00 pm in Lexington MA, in Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue. The Music Director will give a pre-concert talk at 1:30, in which the Matthew LaRocca, the composer of the piece to receive its world premiere, will join him. The concert will feature the brand new work Arctic Voices, by LaRocca; an appearance by 12-year-old trumpet wunderkind Geoffrey Gallante (performing a work written by Buckley); and works by Ticheli, Grainger, Gordon Jacob, film composer Rossano Galante, and Robert Sheldon. This podcast includes brief interesting discussion about and excerpts from the pieces on the program, all narrated by Buckley. Enjoy!

  • Posted on 24 Apr 2013

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    Episode 11: Winter Concert 2013, "Giannini's Great Symphony"

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    The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Lewis J. Buckley Conductor and Music Director This concert by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Lexington MA, in Carey Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, at 2:00 pm. There will be a pre-concert talk by the Music Director at 1:30. The concert will feature Vittorio Giannini's famed Symphony No. 3 for concert band, one of the great wind works of the 20th century. Additional works will include: Shocker's beautiful Green Places for solo flute; Boysen's rousing (and very Irish!) Kirkpatrick Fanfare; Ive's hilarious Country Band March; Persichetti's wind classic, Masquerade; and Frank Ticheli's energetic and exciting Vesuvius. The podcast includes brief interesting discussion of and excerpts from each piece. We hope it will encourage you to come to our concert if you live near enough!

  • Posted on 27 Feb 2013

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    Episode 10: Winter Concert 2012 "An ACB Preview Concert"

    The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Lewis J. Buckley Conductor and Music Director This concert by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Lexington MA, in Carey Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, at 2:00 pm. There will be a pre-concert talk by the Music Director at 1:30. The program will be based on a concert the MWS will perform at the annual convention of the Association of Concert Bands (ACB) in April, 2012. The program will include three major works: Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy; Frank Tichelli's Blue Shades; and Mari van Gils' transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris. Also included in the program will be: James Kessler's Hudson River Rhapsody for solo oboe and wind band, Elana Lorance, soloist; Keith Wilson's transcription of Hindemith's March from "Symphonic Metamorphosis"; Massenet's Castillane, from Ballet Music from "Le Cid"; and Eric Whitaker's October. The podcast includes brief interesting discussion of and excerpts from each piece, plus at least one interesting extra you definitely won't anticipate and almost certainly will not have heard before!

  • Posted on 19 Feb 2012

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    Episode 9: Fall Concert 2011 "At Kitty O'Shea's"

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2011 at 2:00, The Metropolitan Wind Symphony will give a concert in Cary Hall in Lexington MA. Listen to our podcast for a preview of the music, interesting insights into the various selections, and specific information about the conceert.

  • Posted on 08 Nov 2011

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    Episode 8: Winter Concert 2011 "Major Wind Works"

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    On March 6, at 2:00 pm, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony will present "Major Wind Works". You'll hear music by Vaughan Williams, Copland, Gandolfi, Whitacre, Robert Russell Bennett, and others. We will present a world premiere of Kevin Wilt's Fanfare for Winds; and perhaps best of all, Frank Battisti, Conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, will be our guest conductor. This will be a wonderful concert—don't miss it! But in case you have to, here's a taste of it in our "Major Wind Works" podcast.

  • Posted on 02 Mar 2011

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