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A Far Cry • CACTUS • Ensemble-in-Residence

Sunday • October 23, 2022   |   3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Attendees must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


Please note A Far Cry requires masks for all audience members age 2 and up for all indoor events.

Cactus will explore different pieces inspired by the American West and Latin America, including works from Becenti, Ginastera, and a string adaptation of the theme from “Once Upon a Time in the West.”

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Juantio Becenti, Hane (Story) for String Quartet
Silvestre Revueltas, Sensemayá, arranged for string quartet and percussion
Ennio Morricone, “Once Upon a Time in the West” arr. for String Quartet
Alberto Ginastera, String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26
Jerod Impichchaachaah’ Tate, Pisachi: Six Epitomes for String Quartet

A Far Cry

Boston-based chamber ensemble A Far Cry aims to ignite a love for music in the community. Their energetic performances bring music to life in innovative ways—whether you’re hearing a piece of music for the first time or the fortieth.


Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, A Far Cry has nurtured a distinct approach to music-making since its founding in 2007. The self-conducted orchestra is a democracy in which decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players (“Criers”). This structure has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative, and unpredictable programming—and impactful collaborations with celebrated performers and composers. A Far Cry has risen to the top of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, been named Boston’s best classical ensemble by The Improper Bostonian, and celebrated two Grammy nominations for its Visions and Variations. Boston Musical Intelligencer sums up the group: “In its first decade, this conductor-free ensemble has earned and sustained a reputation for top-drawer playing, engrossing programming, and outstanding guest artists.”


Sunday • October 23, 2022
3:00 pm 4:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.