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Menotomy concert with Solar Winds postponed

This concert has been postponed because of the coronavirus.

Solar Winds Woodwind Quintet

Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m., Town Hall, family concert

Solar Winds Quartet

Solar Winds brings music of the highest quality to schools and recital halls throughout the Boston area. This versatile ensemble can meet the demands of a sophisticated concert audience on Saturday evening and delight a roomful of children the following afternoon.

The five musicians who comprise the heart of Solar Winds – a traditional woodwind quintet – are professionally trained instrumentalists and music educators. Their repertoire includes the most demanding compositions of the modern era as well as the classics, arrangements, and novelty pieces that make a woodwind quintet concert such an unusual and delightful musical experience.

Join us with narrator Guy Urban as we introduce your children to the instruments! Then get caught up in the adventures of Ivan and his friends as they travel on his flying ship in the old folk tale  "The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship." The piece was set to music especially for us by Arlington composer John Kusiak.

If you can, please RSVP to Schramm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and share at Facebook.com/MenotomyConcerts

Leonard-Tuttle Duo, clarinet and piano

with guest artists Julie Reimann, cello, and Jing-Huey Wei, viola

May 15, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

Program will include Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Mozart’s “Kegelstatt" Trio, and Brahms’s Clarinet Trio

Pianist Margaret Tuttle and clarinetist Rebecca Leonard have been playing chamber music together for years. Both are graduates of the New England Conservatory and have extensive careers as teachers and performers in Boston and beyond. Margaret is a resident of Arlington. She was a winner in both the Commencement Competition and Piano Honors Competition at NEC.  

She has served on the piano faculty at the Rivers Music School and MIT, as well as on the Board of Directors of the New England Piano Teachers Association. Rebecca’s career has included performing with the Rhode Island, Portland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Albany, and Springfield Symphony Orchestras. She can be heard on the CRI, Pickwick, and Koch labels. Rebecca has a large private studio in her home and is an adjunct professor at the UMass. Lowell.

For this performance, they are joined by cellist Julie Reimann and violist Jing-Huey Wei.  Julie, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. Jing-Huey, a graduate of Boston University, is the string program director for Arlington Public Schools.  As a violist, she plays with orchestras and chamber music groups in New England.  She is also Founder and Director of the Burnside Music Festival, a summer program for string students in Arlington.

Already held:

Tom Ferrante and Friends Big Band

March 6, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

Tom Ferrante plays.

In his upcoming fourth concert for the Menotomy series, Arlington resident Tom Ferrante will present his 12-piece band playing the memorable “Big Band” music of the 1940s and '50s. 

This reproduction of the “hits“ of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie and other favorite bands of that era, is music suitable for listening and dancing, for which it was originally designed.

Town Hall Auditorium will be set up for a concert, and will also allow space for those who might wish to dance. So, sit back and enjoy the music and/or grab a partner and kick up your heels.

During his 65-plus years as a musician, Ferrante has taken on a number of roles, including high school band director in Waltham from 1963 to 1983 and associate professor of saxophone at UMass.

Lowell from 1973 to 2000.  His reputation as a woodwind artist, who is comfortable in all musical idioms is rarely matched. His performing career spans the classical, jazz, and theater music idioms, and he has been a featured soloist with the symphony orchestras of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Cape Cod and, especially for 20 years, as jazz clarinetist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

The Cardamom String Quartet plans launch the winter/spring Menotomy Concerts, performing a program of music by women composers. 

They include Caroline Shaw, Grazyna Bacewicz, Elena Ruehr and Jlin – at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Town Hall.

Cardamom Quartet is a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon and committed to sharing music with a wide variety of audiences.

The quartet performs new and old works, including pieces written by members in the ensemble, with a focus on music of women and nonbinary composers.

Cardamom Quartet has performed in libraries, art galleries, houses of worship, senior centers, school programs, farmers’ markets and living rooms throughout New England.

In 2018, the group received a grant from the Boston Foundation to perform at organizations serving women in need in the Boston area and their cellist won the New England Conservatory Alumni Award on behalf of the quartet.

In 2017, the group received a grant from Boston and Boston Cultural Council to lead an art-science residency with students at Boston Arts Academy. Cardamom Quartet has been featured on multiple series at the Boston Public Library and in a 2018 article in the journal The International Alliance for Women in Music.

In 2015 and 2016, the group completed residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and was the string quartet in residence at El Sistema Somerville, an immersive after-school music program for elementary school students in 2014.

The quartet members originally convened in late 2013 to read music together, and found a shared love of tea and all things cozy, which led them to name the quartet after the queen of spices: cardamom.

 The Menotomy Concert Series opened its 2019-20 season Friday Oct. 11, with the Boston Skyline Chorus, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.


These news announcements were published Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, and updated March 15.

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