Enjoy this afternoon of transformative music, opening with a 1906 opera overture, The Wreckers, by English composer and member of the women's suffrage movement, Ethel Smyth, whose amazing music is now, a century later, gaining its due recognition. Musical variations and transformations are explored in Copland's treatment of the famous Shaker melody Simple Gifts, as well as the wonderful 2010 composition by New England Conservatory composition faculty member Michael Gandolfi, Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme. Meghan MacFadden conducts the "riotously funky" Blow it Up, Start Again, for which the score's program note indicates, if the system isn't working anymore, then do what Guy Fawkes tried and go anarchist: blow it all up, and start again. Local middle school and high school students join the MetWinds for performances of selected works, including Old Home Days by American renegade and New England's own master of musical transformation, Charles Ives.

The Wreckers OvertureEthel Smyth/arr. Morrison
Variations on a Shaker MelodyAaron Copland
Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance ThemeMichael Gandolfi
Americans WeHenry Fillmore
Blow it Up, Start Again
Meghan MacFadden, assistant conductor
Johnathan Newman
The Liberty Bell MarchJ. P. Sousa/ed. U.S. Marine Band
A Little Tango MusicAdam Gorb
Old Home DaysCharles Ives/arr. Elkus
MetamarchSteve Bryant
Richard Wyman


Adult: $20
Senior (62+): $15
Student (5+): $5
Child (under 5): Free