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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Celebrity Series • Fatma Said, soprano • Debut Series

Thursday • March 30, 2023   |   8:00 pm

The Debut Series at Longy’s Pickman Hall
Hear artists you’ll be talking about for years in our most intimate hall for classical music!

In the 2022-23 season, we celebrate ten years of hosting fascinating musicians from around the world as new-to-the-Series artists take the Pickman Hall stage. Some are making their Boston recital debuts, some are appearing in the city for the first time, and others are making their first-ever tours to the United States!

Get ready to enjoy thoughtfully curated recitals that will give you a new perspective on composers you thought you knew by heart, take you on a journey from darkness to dawn, and explore the beauty and common language of music from diverse regions and eras.

Fatma Said, soprano
Rafael Aguirre, guitar

Soprano Fatma Said and guitarist Rafael Aguirre bring the beauty of Arabic and Spanish cultures together to create a sublime and illuminating experience that you won’t want to miss. Be in the hall to for what promises to be a sublime and illuminating concert experience as Said and Aguirre make thrilling recital debuts.


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Fatma Said, making her United States recital debut with this performance, began her singing career at age fourteen in Cairo. She has since become a frequent principal at Teatro alla Scala and other opera houses and festivals across Europe. She maintains a busy schedule as a soloist with orchestras as well, appearing locally in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 performances and recording of Puccini’s one-act opera, Suor Angelica. Of her latest album El Nour, which means ‘the light,’” in Arabic, Fatma says, “I feel I am shedding light on how music that has been interpreted many times in the past can be presented in different ways—in other words, it can be perceived in a different light. The idea is to connect three cultures—Arabic, French, and Spanish—and to show how much, despite cultural, geographical, and historical differences, they have in common when it comes to music.”

Said’s partnership with Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre, who makes his Boston recital debut, brings a cross-cultural flair to this recital. “I feel so fortunate to work with all kinds of musicians from across the world, and to perform music by so many composers from all over world,” she has said. “The thing that connects us is music. It is a commonality, and I love that in listening to live music, we—in a way—create a moment of peace together.”

The program features Spanish, Egyptian, Brazilian, and Lebanese songs, including works by Manuel de Falla, Daoud Hosni, Heitor Villa-Lobos, contemporary Egyptian composer Sherif Mohie El Din, and many more.


Thursday • March 30, 2023
8:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States