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MetWinds Band Concert: Metamorphosis in Music

MetWinds Band Concert: Metamorphosis in Music

The MetWinds will continue their 47th season with their Winter Band Concert on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA. Guest conductor Avi Mehta will conduct the program. Featured are Grand Fanfare by Giancarlo Castro D’Addona, Prelude in the Dorian Mode by Antonio de Cabezon/arr. Percy Grainger, Five Miniatures by Joaquin Turina/arr. Krance, Fantasy Variations on a Theme  
by Niccolo Paganini, arr. James Barnes, Festive Overture by Shostakovich/arr. Hunsberger, Symphonic Metamorphosis on a Theme by Carl Maria von Weber, by Paul Hindemith/arr. Wilson. Mr. Mehta will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 2:30 pm.  
 
Guest conductor Avi Mehta is a lifelong learner, passionate about building relationships and transforming communities through music education. He is an active participant in the El Sistema-Boston community--a system of youth ensembles inspired by the music education movement in Venezuela, which uses music education as a vehicle for social change. He currently serves as one of the wind ensemble conductors at the Margarita Muniz Academy in Jamaica Plain and frequently appears as a guest conductor in other El Sistema-inspired programs both in the United States and abroad. In addition to his work with El-Sistema-inspired programs, Avi serves as the Music Director of the Randolph Community Band in the south shore of Massachusetts. His previous appointments include serving as the Artistic Director of the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program and the Assistant Conductor of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory. Avi is a graduate of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory. He also holds an Masters in Wind Conducting from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Tuba Performance from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.  
 
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 United States 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 from classical to commercial to jazz. Now in his eleventh season with the MetWinds, Mr. Buckley has served them longer than any other music director.  
 
Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors, $6 for students, and are free for children under 5. They are available at the door or can be reserved by telephone. Call the MetWinds Concert Line at (978) 419-1697 to reserve or purchase tickets. Visit the MetWinds web page at http://www.metwinds.org for information and directions. Email mws@mws-boston.org 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.  
 
This and other concerts by the MetWinds are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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