The Charles River Wind Ensemble

presented its first concert

of the 2020 - 2021 Season

8 PM on Saturday, November 7, 2020

as part of the

Virtual Boston New Music Festival.

(The video is no longer available)

Dreaming of a Better Tomorrow

Give Us This Day — David Maslanka (2006)

Dream Elegy — Johnathan Bailey Holland (2017)

The central theme of this concert is music that is inspired by dreams and dream-like states. David Maslanka’s short symphony is inspired by his studies of Buddhism, the dreams being meditations. Jonathan Bailey Holland’s work is an homage to a long list of black men and women killed at the hands of law enforcement. The dreams are memories of their lives and our dreams for a better tomorrow.

How do you prepare a concert in the midst of a pandemic,

when your players can’t gather and rehearse together?

The short answer:

Thanks to the dedication and tireless efforts of our Artistic Direction and our Board of Directors.

In a bit more detail:

1) The director prepares a video which shows him conducting, while a sound track provides metronome-like clicks and some portion of the music for guidance.

2) Players watch the video, listening to the sound track through headphones, and record their playing as a video on another device, such as a smartphone.

3) The director collects all the contributions from the players. He combines, aligns, and balances the parts to create a full recorded performance.

This process requires the players to learn and practice the parts. From the director, it requires an enormous amount of time and effort working with sophisticated software as an audio engineer.