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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A Far Cry • DEAR FRIEND • Ensemble-in-Residence

Sunday, December 11 2022   |   3:00 pm 4:00 pm

While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. 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.

Dear Friend is about the cherished moments composers spend with friends, colleagues, and mentors. Inspired by our February concert, “Unrequited,” “Dear Friend” draws on the intimate format of chamber music to uncover connections between composers across generations and perspectives.

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Dear Friend
Saariaho, Aure for Violin and Viola
Stucky, Nell’ombra, Nella luce
Brahms, Hymn in veneration of the great Joachim for two violins and double bass, WoO Ahn. III/1
Joachim, Quartettsatz in C minor
C. Schumann, Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 20, arranged for string quintet
Brahms, String Quintet No.1 in F major, Op. 88

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, December 11 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