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 | Feeling New Strength

Sunday • March 7, 2021   |   2:00 pm

In Beethoven’s transcendent Heiliger Dankgesang (“Holy Song of Thanksgiving”), following the opening meditative chorale, he inscribes into the score the words “Neue Kraft Fühlend,” or “Feeling New Strength,” as the music erupts into an exuberant dance, representing his recovery from a serious illness. The rest of the program grapples with this theme of strength through struggle, from Josquin’s haunting depiction of Christian redemption through crucifixion; to Montgomery’s exploration of Black spirituals as the DNA undergirding the dance gestures of Alvin Ailey, the poetry of Langston Hughes, and the works of other Civil Rights-era Black artists; as well as Roberts’s and Shaw’s gritty and imaginative responses to contemporary displacement crises. All these works double down on music’s power to describe those struggles we most fear or that we might be blind to, and to find strength and grace in doing so.

Musical Program

Josquin des Prez: Ave Christe immolate, arr. A Far Cry 

Jessie Montgomery | Source Code

Matana Roberts | Borderlands

Caroline Shaw | “Litany of the Displaced” from To the Hands, arr. A Far Cry

Ludwig van Beethoven | Heiliger Dankgesang, from Quartet Op. 132, arr. A Far Cry




Sunday • March 7, 2021
2:00 pm