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Is the wind band – with its varied assortments of reeds (so much richer than the reeds of the symphony orchestra), its complete saxophone family that is found nowhere else ... its army of brass – not the equal of any medium ever conceived? As a vehicle of deeply emotional expression it seems to me unrivalled.

 — Percy Grainger

Click on the poster or here to read program notes for this concert.

2023-2024 Concerts

all concerts will be at 3:00 PM

300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Auditorium

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Looming in the Dark

Eric Whitacre, Ghost Train

Adam Gorb, Out of the Darkness

Óscar Navarro, Symphony No. 1, “Hell and Heaven”

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Ritual and Dance

Roberto Sierra, Montuno

Luis Alarcón, Spanish Dances (Book 1)

Leonel Rodríguez, Estefanía (WORLD PREMIERE)

Roshanne Etezady, Anahita

Giovanni Santos, Danzas 

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Lights! Camera! Action

Ferrer Ferran, Cinephonics Overture

Scott McAllister, Popcopy

John Williams / arr. Hunsberger,

         Star Wars Trilogy

Thomas Miller, Metropolis (live score with film)

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Take Me To Church

Kathryn Salfelder, Cathedrals

Omar Thomas, Come Sunday 

Michael Colgrass, Old Churches

Kevin Krumenaur, The Water is Wide

David Maslanka, Hosannas


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Newton Cultural Council for our program of June 4, 2023.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



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.

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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.
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