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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“Context, Competition, and High Notes: Handel’s Alcina” | Ellen Harris, Professor Emeritus at MIT in Music and Theater Arts | Boston Early Music Festival

Tuesday • November 9, 2021   |   12:00 pm

“Context, Competition, and High Notes: Handel’s Alcina”

Description: Handel wrote Alcina at a very difficult period in his life when he faced the stiffest competition of his career. He used his choice of libretto and the voice of his most dedicated prima donna to vanquish the field.

ELLEN T. HARRIS is Professor Emeritus at MIT in Music and Theater Arts. Her research has focused largely on the music of Handel. Her books include the award-winning George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends (Norton, 2014) and Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard, 2001). The 30th anniversary, revised edition of her Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas appeared in 2017. Harris was elected a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society (2016), American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998), and made an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society (2011). For the 2013–2014 academic year she was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, and in 2016, 2018, and 2020, a Visiting Professor at The Juilliard School. In 2015–2016, she was President of the American Musicological Society. Harris has performed twice with John Williams and the Boston Pops and sung the National Anthem at Fenway Park.


Tuesday • November 9, 2021
12:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States