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A Far Cry • HEARTH • Ensemble-in-Residence

Sunday • March 19, 2023   |   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. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


Hearth explores the essential, often invisible work of carrying culture across generations. Our songs, celebrations, food, games, craft, spoken language – the things that give us a sense of home and belonging – have largely thrived over centuries thanks to the ingenuity and tenacity of women who remain anonymous to us. Here, we meet six composers encountering the gifts and burdens of this legacy while finding their own ways to carry a fire forward.

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Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté | Tegere Tulon* arranged by Jacob Garchik
Angélica Negrón | Marejada*
Jessie Montgomery | Break Away
Wu Man | Two Chinese Paintings*
Reena Esmail | Ragamala
Aeryn J. Santillan | Recall

*This piece was commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a project of the Kronos Performing Arts Association. The score and parts are available for free online. kronosquartet.org.

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 • March 19, 2023
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.