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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Artist Talks: A discussion with Elena Ruehr, composer and Stephen Salters, baritone

Monday • February 22, 2021   |   7:30 pm

Monday February 22nd 2021 7:30PM-8:30PM on Zoom
Two local artists composer Elena Ruehr (professor of composition at MIT, BMOP composer in residence, Harvard and Guggenheim fellow) and renowned baritone Stephen Salters (Odyssey Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, soloists with Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic) have collaborated on numerous projects – one of which is Crafting the Bonds, a full length opera spanning two centuries based on the rediscovery of The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts, the first known novel by an African-American woman. Longy’s annual Operatica concert in March 2021 will feature a duet and aria from Crafting the Bonds featuring current Longy students soprano Kristen Marion and mezzo-soprano Brittany Walker alongside Longy’s Orchestra Flex under the baton of Longy faculty Ryan Turner. Dr. Ruehr and Mr. Salters will discuss their careers and collaboration, as well as topics regarding creating a work of a highly political nature dealing with racial injustice.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Monday • February 22, 2021
7:30 pm
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