Rick Wyman leads his first concert as the new Music Director of the MetWinds, with music honoring cultural traditions of the United States and abroad. Several wonderful American composers are featured, including William Schuman and his take on Chester (the William Billings hymn from the American Revolution), Valerie Coleman and her musical tribute to Romani (gypsy) culture, and Aaron Copland's portrayal of an American Hoe down. With Chapultepec, great Mexican composer Carlos Chavez celebrates the cultural heart and tunes of Mexico City. Regarded as a primary British musical voice, Gustav Holst incorporates English folk songs into his Second Suite in F, one of the top standards in the band repertoire. Folk songs and cultural traditions also play important roles of inspiration in great Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and his Shanghai Overture. On top of it all, the MetWinds is proud to offer the premiere performance of an exciting new work by Rubén Darío Gómez, a native of Colombia and winner of the MetWinds Student Composition contest! His Latinoamérica Despierta was inspired by the mid-20th century social movements in Latin American countries, and is filled with traditional Latin-American rhythms. You won't want to miss this!
|Second Suite in F||Gustav Holst|
|Shanghai Overture||Bright Sheng|
|Latinoamérica Despierta||Rubén Darío Gómez|
|Hoe down||Aaron Copland/trans. Rogers|