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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Contemplation and Action: The Mind, The Body, and Artistic Practice

Tuesday • February 2, 2021   |   7:00 pm


“Contemplation and Action: The Mind, The Body, and Artistic Practice” on February 2, 2021 at 7:00pm

Socially-engaged artists are doing vital work to heal communities and disrupt inequity. What does it require of an artist, a human, to be constantly exhaling while serving with their art? Artists and contemplative practitioners will discuss how the mind-body connection can fuel artistic practice, propel social action, and renew the artist to continue to make a difference in the world.

Co-hosted by Dr. Ian Saunders, Assistant Dean of Artistic and Social Change, and Ashley Hall, Manager of Career Coaching and Trumpet faculty member.

Event participants: Rebecca Strauss, Certified Music Practitioner and founder of Harmony & Hope: Responding to Violence with Music; Crista Brown, actor and Executive Director of Free Soil Arts Collective; Jessica Grant-Domond, poet and community social practitioner; Rosalyn Driscoll, visual artist and contemplative practitioner; and Ronn Smith, stage director, writer, and Dharma practitioner.

This is the second event in our new “Experience Longy” series.

Longy is grateful to our event co-sponsors: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Cary Memorial Library, Dunamis, and the Free Soil Arts Collective.


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Tuesday • February 2, 2021
7:00 pm
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Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States