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 • Martin Helmchen, Piano • Debut Series

Tuesday, December 6   |   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.

Martin Helmchen, piano

German pianist Martin Helmchen’s “creamy tone” and “crystalline beauty” (Boston Globe) have made him known as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. As part of the Debut Series, Helmchen brings a program of Bach, Brahms, and R. Schumann to Boston audiences.

Helmchen has made sensational debuts with orchestras around the world to wide acclaim, and he is a regular presence at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, most recently in 2021. In recent seasons, he has made notable appearances with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and many more.

In this intimate recital, prepare to see an enthusiastic and energetic performance with a classic, unpretentious approach. The Washington Post describes his “stand[-]out” recital, saying “[what] made the afternoon memorable… was the distinctive poetic imagination that he brought to virtually everything he played.”




Tuesday, December 6
8:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States