Charles River

Wind Ensemble

New Release!

While the project described below is underway, please enjoy our most recent virtual performance of Jeff Tyzik's New York Cityscape I. Ragtime Redux.

Audio/video engineering and clever setting by Artistic director Matthew M. Marsit.


CRWE Digital Collaboration 2021

Calling all Boston area woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians!

The Charles River Wind Ensemble, Boston's premier community wind ensemble, invites community, collegiate, and professional musicians to collaborate in a digital ensemble project. Join us for virtual rehearsals led by our renowned Artistic Director, Matthew M. Marsit, to prepare and record your part, making your statement that Boston's thriving music scene cannot be silenced by this pandemic.


To celebrate technology-empowered creativity, this project will bring Vicente Ortiz Gimeno’s symphonic work,  “Poirot,” to life... digitally! Rehearsals begin in February, with recordings due in March, and a performance broadcast in April.


Ready to make music? Fill out this form by January 31, 2021, to connect with a CRWE section leader.


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Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, relies on his “gray cells” for cunning deduction as he travels the world solving difficult crimes. For many years Poirot was portrayed brilliantly by British actor David Suchet.


Our programs are supported in part by a grant from the Lexington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Review our earlier programs:

Click here for our (partial) 2019 - 2020 Season

The 2018 - 2019 Season

The 2017 - 2018 Season

Earlier Programs


Boston’s Premier Community Wind Ensemble

The Charles River Wind Ensemble (CRWE) is the premiere community wind ensemble of the Greater Boston metropolitan area dedicated to the performance of classical and contemporary repertoire originally conceived for winds and percussion.  Our members are chosen through selective audition and represent a wide-variety of professions, backgrounds and ages.

Support CRWE


Donations from our patrons are vital for CRWE to continue.  CRWE is a 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID 04-3490372). Your tax-deductible donation can help us continue to bring music to the community.