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 | Horizons

Saturday • January 23, 2021   |   8:00 pm

Horizons sweeps listeners along panoramic landscapes of plains, tundra and wind. Lei Liang’s Gobi Gloria captures the dance and rituals of Southern Mongolia through long-chant and regional folk songs born out of a mesmerizing single melody intertwined with gentle silences that open the work. In John Luther Adams’ The Wind in High Places we hear the Aeolian harp strummed by the winds of the Alaskan tundra, with the quartet treated as a single shivering and shimmering 16-string instrument. Finally, the wind picks up to the rhythmic whirls and whispers of Thomas Sleeper’s String Quartet No. 2. Sleeper considered the sound and pulse in the natural world as “the grand improvisation of our brief lives.” A moment of stillness in the second movement is joined by the murmurs of a Tibetan prayer bowl.

Musical Program
Lei Liang | Gobi Gloria for String Quartet
John Luther Adams | The Wind in High Places
Thomas Sleeper | String Quartet No. 2, “Bergonzi”



Saturday • January 23, 2021
8:00 pm