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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Salon Séance: Janáček

Wednesday • October 16, 2019   |   7:30 pm

Have you ever wished to communicate with a composer from the past? You’re in luck—Salon Séance brings celebrated classical composers back to life! This concept concert unites an actor channeling the Czech composer Leoš JanáČek with musicians performing some of his most-loved works. Janáček had endured copious amounts of prejudice and tragedy through the greater years of his life and did not find success until well into his sixties. What kept his hope and drive alive through those long years of neglect? It was his firm belief that his music, whatever its success, was contributing to the growth of Slavonic culture at large — a nation without borders. The composer, the performer, and the audience engage in a uniquely interdisciplinary presentation that combines music, theater, history, and literature.
Instagram: @projectsalonseance

All works by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

In the Mists for Solo Piano (1912)
III. Andantino

On an Overgrown Path for Solo Piano (1900-11)
No. 4 ‘The Madonna of Frýdek’ (1900)

Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano (1910, revised 1923)
I. Con moto — Andante
II. Con moto — Adagio
III. Allegro

Songs from the opera Jenůfa (1903) for Viola and Piano, arr. Sebastian Androne-Nakanishi (b.1989)
I. “Daleko, široko do těch Nových Zámků” (Act 1, Scene 5)
II. “Ej, mamko, mamko, maměnko moja” (Act 3, Scene 6)

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1915, revised 1922)

I. Con moto
II. Ballada. Con moto
III. Allegretto
IV. Adagio

String Quartet No. 1 after Tolstoy’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ (1923)

I. Adagio — Con moto
II. Con moto
III. Con moto
IV. Con moto — Adagio

Script written by Noelle P. Wilson and Simon Angseop Lee

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Wednesday • October 16, 2019
7:30 pm
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