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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Boulanger Initiative: Curation Workshop

Friday, February 25 2022   |   2:30 pm 4:00 pm

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Curation involves critical reflection, investigation, and discovery — tools artists can leverage into performances, encouraging an audience to do the same. The Boulanger Initiative will lead a curation workshop exploring how artists can communicate meaning and purpose connected to social change using research, programming, platform, and production.

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If the mold of classical music has no space for you, you have to break it apart. That’s the idea behind the Boulanger Initiative’s advocacy work, which provides opportunities for women, non-binary, and trans musicians to redefine the field. The systematic exclusion of such people’s work from the canon has skewed both our understanding of music and our definition of what it means to be a musician. BI is changing that. This residency will show us how BI is making space for every narrative, through performance, education, and commissions.

Joy and Laura chose the name Boulanger Initiative to honor the work of two paragons of the 20th-Century classical music world. Nadia and Lili Boulanger were not only talented musicians and composers, but they also broke gender barriers on their way to great musical achievements. Both sisters were among the first few women to enter the prestigious Prix de Rome competition, and in 1913 Lili became the first woman to earn the coveted Grand Prix.

After Lili’s untimely death at the age of 24, her sister continued to promote her music and worked to keep her legacy alive. Nadia went on to become one of the most influential musical pedagogues of her generation, as well as the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic, and several other major U.S. and European orchestras.

With our tripartite focus on performance, education, and the commissioning of new music, we pay tribute to Nadia and Lili Boulanger and all that they accomplished, while at the same time acknowledging that we have much, much further to go.


The Boulanger Initiative


Friday, February 25 2022
2:30 pm 4:00 pm
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MA United States