Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MetWinds Summer Concerts

The Metropolitan Wind Symphony will continue their 47th season with 3 Free traditional outdoor Band Concerts on Thursday July 12, 19, and 26, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, at Hastings Park, Levi Burnell Bandstand, Mass. Ave. and Worthen Road, Lexington, MA. MetWinds musicians Mark Olson, Bruce Houston, and Greg Depp will conduct the varied music programs, which will have something for all tastes. Mark Olson is director of the Harvard Band, the Harvard Wind Ensemble and the Middlesex Concert Band, Bruce Houston is music director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Band, and Greg Depp is a former music teacher and conductor.

Selections will include Stars and Stripes Forever and The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, Tribute to Irving Berlin by Irving Berlin, Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, La Gazza Ladra by Gioachino Rossini, The Klaxon by Henry Fillmore, First Suite by Gustaf Holst, West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, The Cowboys Overture by John Williams, Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland, Pie in the Face Polka by Henry Mancini, and The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers. 

Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and to picnic while enjoying the concerts. The concerts will be held, weather permitting.

MetWinds Music Director Lewis Buckley earned his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master’s degree from Connecticut College. In 1975, he became the Coast Guard Band’s fifth director at age 27 and held that post for 29 years. He continues to compose, arrange, and publish music. He also remains an active trumpet soloist, frequently combining solo appearances with conducting, often in premiere performances of his own commissioned works. Buckley has a diverse background, having conducted bands, orchestras, and choruses in all styles of music.

Admission and Parking are FREE! Visit the MetWinds web page at  http://www.mws-boston.org for information and directions. Email mws@mws-boston.org or call the MetWinds Concert Line at (978) 419-1697 with any questions.

Founded by Jerry Gardner in 1971, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a concert band, is currently celebrating its 47th anniversary. The MetWinds 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.

These concerts by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Lexington Council for the Arts.

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