May 3 2020

Spring Concert: "Passages"

  • 3:00 PM
  • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum (directions)
    33 Marrett Road Lexington MA 02421 - free parking
    Pre-Concert Talk 30 minutes prior to performance

We often choose music to commemorate and accompany us through the most important moments of our lives. Times of celebration or sorrow, or even the passage of time itself can be marked and memorialized in music. The pieces that comprise this program were all composed to mark moments or passages in time. Opening the program is Kevin Puts's symphonic fanfare, Millennium Canons, composed for the Boston Pops Orchestra at the turn of the new millennium. Shift with themes of birth and parenthood, Frank Ticheli composed the melody for Joy Revisited on the occasion of the birth of his first daughter and Joel Puckett created Avelynn's Lullaby as a rhapsodic portrait of soothing his child to sleep. We'll also be performing a piece that has become a classic of the wind band repertoire, Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral, from the wedding scene of Wagner's monumental opera, Lohengrin.

Two works by David Maslanka and Michael Markowski deal with transitions over time. Maslanka's Traveler was written as a retirement gift to a friend and captures the emotion of moving from one phase of life to another. Markowski's Instinctive Travels draws inspiration from a passage in Darwin's Origin of the Species and, in the composer's words, is itself "inherently animalistic, primal, and constantly evolving." Concluding our concert with music of celebration, John Philip Sousa's Easter Monday on the White House Lawn was composed to commemorate the spring tradition in the nation's capital.

Millennium CanonsKevin Puts/arr. Spede
One Life BeautifulJulie Giroux
Joy RevisitedFrank Ticheli
Instinctive TravelsMichael Markowski
Elsa's Procession to the CathedralRichard Wagner/trans. Cailliet
Avelynn's LullabyJoel Puckett
TravelerDavid Maslanka
Easter Monday on the White House LawnJohn Philip Sousa/ed. Rogers
Eric Melley


Adult: $18
Senior (62+): $14
Student (5+): $6
Child (under 5): Free