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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And They Persist | Experience Longy Series

Tuesday • April 20, 2021   |   7:00 pm



“And They Persist” on April 20, 2021 at 7:00pm

A conversation with contemporary composers about what it means to pursue an isolated existence in music. This event will feature composers who represent various lived experiences and distinct individual artistic voices. A panel discussion will illuminate the often-undiscussed features of a composer’s working life and the tenacity and perseverance required to bring their music to life.

Co-hosted by Assistant Dean of Artistic and Social Change Ian Saunders and Composition Department Chair Alexandra du Bois, panelists include Matthew Evan Taylor, alumna Melika Fitzhugh, Longy faculty members Amy Beth Kirsten and Ruth Mendelson, and Wind and Brass Department Chair Andy Kozar.

Longy is grateful to our event co-sponsors: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Dunamis, and Free Soil Arts Collective.

Funds raised by this event will support Longy’s social change programs. Event is free for Longy Fund donors.


Tuesday • April 20, 2021
7:00 pm
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