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Begin Anywhere Festival • Choose Your Own Musical Adventure

Friday • May 12, 2023   |   2:00 pm 7:00 pm

Free – $20.00
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While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

Join us for a unique, one-day festival that showcases Longy students, fosters community, and gives the audience a unique, one-of-a-kind musical experience! This immersive festival is at the heart of what Longy is all about: being creative, challenging musical norms, and creating inspiration in unexpected places. With a choose-your-own-adventure style map, YOU will get to choose your own musical adventure including performances by Opera Creation, student chamber groups, the Historical Performance Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, a chill-out room, a raffle with awesome prizes, and of course, lots of FREE FOOD! The festival is for Longy students and families, the greater community, and anyone looking for a musical adventure you will never forget.

Begin Anywhere. Begin Everywhere.

Performances will be between 2:00pm and 7:00pm in Longy’s Zabriskie House (27 Garden Street). See the full performance schedule below.

The Begin Anywhere Festival was designed, curated and is being produced by the students of Longy as part of the Build a Festival Class, led by Professor Sarah Whitney. This festival encompasses the learning part of Longy’s mission to train the next generation of musician entrepreneurs. Come see the students in action and get an insight into the process of what musician entrepreneurs do!

performance schedule

Opera Creation Lab in Pickman Hall
Fraser Andras: Classical Guitar in Wolfinsohn

Sebastian Guerrero Rodriguez: A Short Story in Pickman Hall
Graduating Vocalist Showcase in Wolfinsohn

Samuel Cerra: Chop-in Jazz in Pickman Hall
Graduating Vocalist Showcase in Wolfinsohn

3:30-4pm Festival Showcase in Pickman Hall

4-4:30pm Emily Roberts – Graduating Student Recital in Dalcroze Room

4:30-5pm Historical Performance Showcase in Wolfinsohn

Jazz and Contemporary Music (JCM) No Boundaries Big Band in Pickman Hall
Chamber Music Showcase in Wolfinsohn

Cassie Kollman & Friends in Pickman Hall
Harry Li & Charice Tang: Bach Meets Oriental in Wolfinsohn

Nexbloom Trio: Longy Premieres in Pickman Hall
Jessica Sanz & Maya Johnson: Three Irish Songs by Corigliano in Wolfinsohn

6:30pm – 7pm Festival Reception & Raffle Drawing in the LONGY LOUNGE: Frozen Custard provided by Abbott


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Friday • May 12, 2023
2:00 pm 7:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Longy School of Music
27 Garden St
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.