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Graduating Student Recital • IN THE LIMINAL SPACE • Christina George, composition

Monday • March 27, 2023   |   8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Free – $20.00
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.


All Longy students present full recitals as part of their education and ongoing evolution as artists. They are charged with thinking critically about what stories they tell, whose voices to amplify, and who’s in the room for their event while also considering how to use performance spaces in innovative ways and how to truly engage audiences and create interactive music experiences. 

Christina George is a student of Matthew Evan Taylor.

program notes

fall into me (2020) 

For Echo, who someday might stop falling in love with Narcissus.

Inspired by the Margaret Atwood poem “Tricks with Mirrors.”

Backwaters (2021) 

For a significant majority of the Amtrak route from Boston to Washington, the scenery is largely industrial – highways, polluted waterways, the backsides of our major cities. But there is one glorious respite along the coast of Connecticut, where the train runs along quiet beaches and marshes brimming with grasses and seabirds. As a heron looked up lazily at the sound of the train barreling past, I couldn’t help but wonder what this bird must think of our strange, busy way of life.

The term “backwaters” has three definitions: a part of a river not reached by the current, where water is stagnant; an isolated or peaceful place; an area or condition in which no development or progress is occurring. Such circumstances seem almost unfathomable amidst the tumultuous whirlwind of modern life – and yet here is the heron, perched silently on a piece of driftwood, waiting. How utterly senseless our clamoring and climbing becomes when we remember that we too were once like the heron, spending our days fishing in the calm waters of the bay.

I Am Not (2022) 

Bridget Bishop was the first of twenty to be accused of and executed for witchcraft after a remarkably unjust trial in 1692. The text comes from the transcript of her trial, in which Bishop refused to admit guilt, even though doing so would have saved her life. Bishop fit the typical profile of a witch in the 17th century – an old widow, married three times, a societal outcast, a woman of independent means – making her an easy target. After the trials were brought to an end, the government went to great lengths to cover up the events, demanding that any literature published about the trials be destroyed. Much of what we know about the events comes from trial transcriptions such as this excerpt and a few publications that managed to escape the siege.

The final words of the piece are Bishop’s last, spoken as she was being hanged. They are inscribed in the entryway to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial in Salem, Massachusetts.

and still, and still… (2022) 

The universe teaches lessons in circles. We’ll keep going around and around until we’ve learned what we need to learn.

I can’t say for certain that I’ve broken the cycle, but maybe I’m a little closer.

 >>liminal songs>> (2022-2023) 

Living in the middle of no longer but not quite yet is a heavy feeling. It lingers on the skin like a brambly wood, sticks to your boots like muddy spring. But as with all things, the only way out is through. And so we pull off the burs, shake the mud from our boots, and keep walking.


A native of northwestern New Jersey, Christina J. George is a composer-flutist whose compositions fuse ambient music with popular styles and classical forms, drawing inspiration from the organic shapes of the natural world.

Her commissions range from spatially inventive soundscapes for the West Chester University Wind Ensemble to collaborative works inspired by improvisation for Chroma Collective. In 2022, she was selected as the winner of Radius Ensemble’s Pappalardo Composition Competition. Her music has also been performed by loadbang, Third Coast Percussion, Chris Gross and Jonathan Fowler.

A dedicated performer, Christina is a member of Ensemble Uncaged, Longy’s premiere new music ensemble. Her playing is featured on the multi-genre recording project Feels Like Honey, designed by composer-bassist Hannah Boissonneault. As a flutist, she has studied with Kimberly Reighley and Sergio Pallottelli, performed in masterclasses with Erica Peel, Greg Pattillo and Ian Clarke, and participated in the Scottish International Flute Summer School and Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound. As a composer, Christina is an alumnus of the Nief-Norf Summer Festival and has studied with Robert Maggio, Jacob Cooper, Amy Beth Kirsten and Matthew Evan Taylor.

Christina completed her Bachelor’s of Music in Composition and Flute Performance at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Composition at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Her favorite sound in the world is the cry of the loon reverberating around a quiet cove.


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Monday • March 27, 2023
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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