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An Italian Night

June 4, 2022

Rossini – Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Respighi – Huntingtower
Cesarini – Blue Horizons
Morricone – Moment for Morricone

Respighi – Pini di Roma Mvt. 3 and 4

Music Director – Sarah Fernandez

Guest Conductor – Davide Sgobbi

Program features exclusively Italian composers. Joining us will be our guest Conductor Davide Sgobbi who is coming all the way from Italy! Davide is Maestro at Corpo Bandistico Legnanese APS (Legnano MI, Italy), and Maestro at Orchestra Accademica (Legnano MI, Italy)

Getting the Band Back together

We are excited to get back and are doing so with a brand-new rehearsal venue on the Upper East Side.

There are many returning musicians, but new members are welcome. We are looking particularly to strengthen/ have openings in our Double Reeds (Oboe, Bassoon), French Horns, Low Brass (Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba), and Percussion sections.

FALL 2021 Season Dates:
First Rehearsal: Monday, October 4. 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm [Avenue Church NYC, 1745 First Avenue]
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, December 5
Fall Concert: Saturday, December 11.

Women in Composing

As the library of great wind band works continues to grow, now more than ever is it essential that our ensembles integrate music that not only is musically diverse, but exposes listener and performer alike to works by composers of varying gender, nationality and color.

For its Spring Concert, the Manhattan Wind Ensemble will be performing a program composed entirely of works by women. Featured composers include Jodie Blackshaw, Chen Yi, Rosalie Burrell, JoAnne Harris, Shelley Hanson, and Björk.

Music Director Sarah Fernández was inspired by a fellow musician in the ensemble to cultivate a program featuring the quality, meaningful repertoire written by women actively composing for wind band.

Support our programming and contribute to a campaign to support this concert:

The program includes:

Overture to Dancer in the Dark – Björk
Spring Festival – Chen Yi
Laila – Rosalie Burrell
Albanian Dances – Shelley Hanson (guest conductor, Laurel Stinson)
Twist – Jodie Blackshaw
The Lighthouse – Joanne Harris
One Life Beautiful – Julie Giroux


Join the worldwide movement this holiday season with Giving Tuesday. That’s right, you have heard of Black Friday, even Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017) is a chance to reflect back on and contribute to your favorite non profit groups. Manhattan Wind Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on contributions from the public. Funds help get our programs out to the community at a low cost.

We pay for music programming, rehearsal space, percussion rental, and concert expenses. You can definitely make a difference and help keep this programming going. Any amount helps, and we really appreciate every gift. You may also benefit from a tax deduction. The easiest way to contribute is to donate directly here on our website:

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You will receive an email receipt of your tax-deductible donation. Please contact for more info

If you will be shopping online, please use Amazon Smile to donate a portion of Amazon’s proceeds from your purchases to Manhattan Wind Ensemble:

2017-2018 Season!

Manhattan Wind Ensemble is happy to announce that auditions for our 2017-2018 season will be held on Tuesday September 5 and Thursday September 7, 2017 at First Church of Christ, Scientist at 10 West 68th Street (at Central Park West). (Closest subways: 1 to 66 Street, B/C to 72nd Street)

To audition, please prepare the excerpts for your instrument, get ready to sight read, and sign up for an audition slot.

If you have any questions, please contact our personnel manager Dahlia at dahlia

Around the World in 60 Minutes

On May 21st Manhattan’s finest ensemble of wind musicians, under the direction of Sarah Quiroz, returns to the stage to present a program that will transport you around the world and then some, with original wind band compositions and transcriptions from nearly every corner of the earth.

So if you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, or can’t find the time to make it to Japan, MWE’s “Around the World in 60 Minutes” is the next best thing. Possibly even the best thing!

Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door.

The Program:
Italian in Algiers (Overture) – Rossini (arr. L. Calliet)
Sheltering Sky – John Mackey
To Walk with Wings – Julie Giroux
Sunrise at Angel’s Gate – Phillip Sparke
El salon Mexico – Aaron Copland (arr. M. Hindsley)
Solo una Volta! (Only Once) – Yasuhide Ito
New this concert!

You can purchase naming rights to individual sections of the band! The name you choose will be affixed to your section for the entirety of the 2015-2016 season, and you’ll basically be treated like minor royalty whenever we see you. (NOTE: section sponsorships do not come with a concert ticket).

2015-05-21 Spring Concert Flyer