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MetWinds Winter 2020 Concert: "It Only Takes A Moment"

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Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

33 Marrett Road

Lexington, MA 02421

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Our Winter Concert explores the idea of being immediately and vividly alive in the moment!

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Pre-Concert Lecture by Conductor Matthew Westgate at 2:30 pm

* On the day of the concert, tickets can be purchased at the door.

Our Winter Concert explores the idea of being immediately and vividly alive in the moment, the reason why music making can be so vital and compelling. Shostakovich's exhilarating Festive Overture opens the program, Steven Bryant's Dusk captures the reflective calm of a sunset, and Letter from Home by Aaron Copland will take you through moments of subtle beauty, melancholy, nostalgia, and simple charm.

Trumpet virtuoso Eric Berlin (principal trumpet, Albany Symphony) will join us for Joseph Turrin's tour-de-force The Sounding of the Call, and the ensemble will show off all of its colors during Percy Grainger's difficult concert march The Lads of Wamphray, a musical depiction of the battles between cattle-raiding, swashbuckling English and Scottish borderers in the sixteenth century. The concert will close with David Maslanka's short symphony for winds Give Us This Day. Music allows us to connect with what David called a "true awakeness and awareness," and Give Us This Day attempts to provide all of us a moment of awakeness and awareness so that we can "build a future in the face of a most dangerous and difficult time"... together. Come be in the moment with us!

PROGRAM

Festive Overture, Op. 96 - Dmitri Shostakovich/trans. Reynolds

Dusk - Steven Bryant

The Sounding of the Call (Eric Berlin, trumpet soloist) - Joseph Turrin

Letter from Home - Aaron Copland/arr. Belski

The Lads of Wamphray - Percy Grainger

Give Us This Day - David Maslanka

ABOUT The Conductor

Conductor Matthew Westgate “leads with a combination of expressivity and crispness” (San Francisco Chronicle). His performances are praised as “dramatic, incisive, and passionate” (Audiophile Audition) and full of “verve and swagger” (MusicWeb International). Dr. Westgate has appeared on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia and has guest conducted some of the nation’s top wind bands and chamber ensembles, including the U.S. Marine Band “The President’s Own,” and the U.S. Coast Guard Chamber Players. Recent engagements include a month-long European concert tour of France, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, MI) International Northern Winds and concerts with the Banda Sinfónica Metropolitana de Quito in Ecuador and the Beijing Wind Orchestra in China.

Dr. Westgate is the Director of Wind Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA), the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, where he conducts the UMass Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting. In 2016, he was nominated for the UMass Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2018-2019 he was a nominee for the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching. University of Massachusetts ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at multiple College Band Director National Association Conferences (Yale University, 2018; U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2016) and on a concert tour of Ireland (Dublin, Galway, Cork, Killarney) in summer of 2017. The Massachusetts Chamber Players, a professional chamber ensemble under his baton, released a recording of chamber wind music by Swiss composer Frank Martin [Frank Martin: Music for Winds} on MSR Classics, and the UMass Wind Ensemble recently debuted three newly-commissioned pieces on a CD entitled Quicksilver.

A native of Grand Rapids, MI, Matthew began his musical career as a jazz/classical trombonist and public school educator in southwest Michigan. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH) in 2009. In his spare time, Matthew is an avid marathon runner and hiker. He is married to Erica Drake, a percussionist and freelancer, and together they have a creative and curious daughter named Juniper.

ABOUT MetWinds

The Metropolitan Wind Symphony was Founded by Jerry Gardner in 1971, and was awarded the prestigious 2015 Sudler Silver Scroll Award for Community Concert Bands by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Our organization is made up of over 60 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists who audition for membership and seating. MetWinds 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. MetWinds presents formal performances of traditional and contemporary wind band literature, as well as more informal pops concerts throughout the metropolitan Boston area.

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