Wind symphony concert to span the globe


STANDISH — Music originating from various countries will be performed by the East Shore Wind Symphony during the band’s fall concert in the Standish-Sterling Central High School auditorium Oct. 29.

Artistic Director Doug Burtch said the concert, which starts at

3 p.m. Sunday, is driven by the theme “Spanning the Musical Globe: A Musical Trip Around the World.”

“We try to pick a theme for each concert that the music falls into,” he said. “With the holiday, it kind of dictates the theme. This one, basically, I wanted to do the ‘Pines of Rome’ by (Ottorino) Respighi. Because I wanted to do that piece and it was the ‘Pines of Rome,’ I started looking at pieces from other countries.”

The show will feature music composed in Mexico, Ireland, South Korea and the U.S., and a Swedish folk song that is rarely heard played in America, Burtch said.

“This was a piece that had to be ordered from overseas and we’re really excited to play it,” he said. “Not many bands from stateside have it in their library to play. You won’t hear it in many other places in America.”

Although the music will be foreign — literally — to most members of the audience, Burtch said interested people should not shy away from the concert.

“I try to keep it audience-friendly as well,” he said. “Don’t let the titles fool you: the music is enjoyable and relatable to everybody.”

Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the concert. The cost is $8 per adult and $5 per student. The concert starts at 3 p.m.

The East Shore Wind Symphony is composed of 50 brass, woodwind and percussion players. It was founded in 2010. It also plays an annual holiday concert and spring concert in Standish. For more information, visit


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