MetWinds principal bassoonist Jason Caron is featured soloist for Stephen Gryc's delightfully modern composition Guignol, a satirical concerto that epitomizes the witty banter and frenetic action of a puppet show, with the soloist playing the part of the comic hero. Other emblematic music includes For the President's Own composed by John Williams to honor the Marine Band's 215th Anniversary, and Steve Danyew's bluesy Magnolia Star inspired by the American railroad. MetWinds Assistant Conductor Meghan MacFadden leads a recently composed Little Mexican Suite that evokes the natural beauty of Mexican landscapes. The concert's title work, Emblems, is a major composition from the band repertory by the "Dean of American Music" Aaron Copland. The afternoon concludes with the concert's only piece not written specifically for Band, an authentic transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov's beloved orchestral suite based on Spanish folk melodies, Capriccio Espagnol.
|For the President's Own||John Williams|
Jason Caron, bassoon
|National Emblem March||E. E. Bagley/ed. Fennell|
|Little Mexican Suite|
Meghan MacFadden, assistant conductor
|Magolia Star||Steve Danyew|
|Capriccio Espagnol||Rimsky-Korsakov/arr. Winterbottom|