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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Ellipsis: Radius Ensemble | Ensemble-in-Residence

Saturday • November 16, 2019   |   8:00 pm

HIGDON – Autumn Music
BRITTEN – Phantasy Quartet, Op. 2 for oboe and strings
WILDER – Six duos for horn and cello
SCHUBERT – String Trio D. 471 (unfinished)
CONNESSON – Techno Parade

Franz Schubert began a string trio in 1816 (at the age of 19), and then, as with his famous “Unfinished” symphony, never completed it. This inventive opening movement and tender Andante fragment are a testament to Schubert’s ability to bring emotional resonance to a simple phrase. Benjamin Britten was also 19 when he wrote, more than a hundred years later, the Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings, a masterfully constructed work of pastoral elegance. American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon pays homage to Samuel Barber’s iconic Summer Music through her Autumn Music for woodwind quintet and Alec Wilder’s characteristic humor emerges in his delightful duos for horn and cello. Finally, French composer Guillaume Connesson replicates the raw energy of electronic music through Techno Parade for flute, clarinet, piano, and… toothbrush!

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Saturday • November 16, 2019
8:00 pm
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