22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Secrets of Ferns, a Song Cycle for Voice and Piano | Ana Guigui, mezzo-soprano Neil Olmstead, piano

Sunday • October 6, 2019   |   7:30 pm

Mezzo-soprano Ana Guigui makes her Longy faculty debut, singing Neil Olmstead’s new song cycle Secrets of Ferns with the composer accompanying. Working from texts by southern poets Sara Pirkle Hughes and Anya Silver, as well as text written by Olmstead himself, the work germinated while the composer was in residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. The five pieces depict the beauty, passion, love and suffering of human life and its relation to nature, blending jazz harmonic colors with traditional bel-canto voice. The tonal inferences are abstracted in a way to compel thoughtful reflection of our natural world while leading us toward inner contemplation of the suffering and beauty of our personal lives.

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Sunday • October 6, 2019
7:30 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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