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A Far Cry | Ménage à Trio

Sunday • October 22, 2023   |   3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Three witches, three muses, three little pigs: The “rule of 3” suggests that humans find groupings of three more satisfying and meaningful than other number combinations. A Far Cry puts that theory to the test with a program of string trios. This sensuous assortment of 20th and 21st century works highlights the intimate and intensely collaborative nature of the genre.

Freya Waley-Cohen | Conjure
Salina Fisher | Mata-Au
Errollyn Wallen | Romeo Turn
Jean Cras | String Trio


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“After playing with a string quartet for a few years, one of our members unfortunately moved. We all still wanted to keep playing with each other and consequently stumbled across all this incredible repertoire. Wallen’s Romeo Turn features viola, cello, and double bass which isn’t so common so we’ll get to show off some different colors. The first time hearing the Cras I thought, ‘Thank god this exists!’”
— Crier Francesca McNeeley


Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR and “joyfully musician-led” by the Boston Globe, 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”). With a list of collaborators that includes artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Roomful of Teeth, the Silk Road Ensemble, Vijay Iyer, and David Krakauer, the group is constantly exploring genre in an effort to build “a world that listens.” A Far Cry continues its residency at Longy School of Music, and performs Copland’s Appalachian Spring on the Celebrity Series of Boston. The group’s spring tour includes its Kennedy Center debut.


Sunday • October 22, 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.