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 | Keep Calm and Carry On

Sunday • May 23, 2021   |   2:00 pm

Keep Calm and Carry On is our UK-inspired season finale tribute to the entire A Far Cry family. For your heroic support, we offer up a playful homage to those best-loved British television series, from The Crown to Downton Abbey. Exploring both the ‘high’ and ‘low’ music of England, the program reflects our favorite characters and landscapes from the screen. Purcell’s ‘The Gordian Knot Untied,’ a poised and (dare we say) snooty work evocative of royalty, takes us on a tour of the finest Elizabethan estates. Then, by stark contrast, we dive straight into a set of spirited lowcountry fiddle tunes and British drinking songs. Framing these selections we have Wallen’s Photography and Walton’s Sonata for Strings, both string orchestra works that portray the entire varied cast: the Wallen through a contemporary lens, and then the Walton with its dramatic display of styles from ‘proper’ boy chorister influences to folksy roots in the rural English countryside.

Musical Program

Errollyn Wallen | Photography

Henry Purcell | Incidental Music from “The Gordian Knot Untied”

Traditional | Set of English Fiddle Tunes, arr. A Far Cry

William Walton | Sonata for String Orchestra




Sunday • May 23, 2021
2:00 pm