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. With the addition of piano, Solar Winds becomes an even more versatile ensemble.

Joined by narrator Guy Urban, Solar Winds has captivated children throughout Greater Boston with its version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. In 2004, the group commissioned award-winning composer, John Kusiak, to create a new musical adventure. The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship is an enchanting version of the old Russian tale which has been greeted enthusiastically by Boston-area audiences. A third offering for family audiences is Ferdinand the Bull, Mark Fish’s delightful setting of the children’s classic, The Story of Ferdinand.

Solar Winds offers music lovers of all ages and expectations the excitement of live music expertly performed.


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  Jill Dreeben, Flute

  Charlyn Bethell, Oboe

  Diane Heffner, Clarinet

  Sally Merriman, Bassoon

  Neil Godwin, French Horn

  Neil Fairbairn, Bassoonist Emeritus

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