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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Holocaust Remembrance | David Small, baritone | Faculty Artist Recital

Thursday, January 27   |   7:30 pm

$10.00 – $270.00

Even in the darkest times, music has been a beacon of hope for the oppressed and grieving, creating space for healing and remembering. Hear a set of songs written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp alongside other selections by Jewish composers, followed by Lori Laitman’s song cycle, Holocaust 1944. The heavy beauty of this piece reminds us of the atrocities that still echo today. See Dean of Artistic Ian Saunders in his faculty debut on double bass alongside baritone David Small.

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Baritone David Small joins the Longy School of Music as Artist Teacher of Voice, as he continues a vibrant performing career in both opera and concert. He has performed over 70 different opera roles in nearly 60 operas, including Rigoletto, Tosca (Scarpia), Traviata (Germont), Le nozze di Figaro (Conte d’Almaviva), Boheme (Marcello, Shaunard, and Alcindoro/Benoit), and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), a role he has performed over 100 times. He has appeared with the Cincinnati May Festival orchestra, the Austin Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic orchestra in works such as Elijah, Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bloch’s Sacred Service, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. He has collaborated with conductors such as James Conlon, Anton Coppola, Richard Buckley, Peter Bay, Bob Bernhart, Valery Ryvkin, Hector Guzman, Victor DeRenzi, Dr. Robert Larsen and many more. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo recitals with pianists Anton Nel, Jean Anderson, Rick Rowley, Joachim Reinhuber, Steve Wogaman, Claude Cymerman, John Novacek, and Eugene Cline, among others, and has performed Schubert’s complete Winterreise cycle 13 times to date.

Professor Small retired from the University of Texas’ Butler School of Music in 2020 after 20 years of service there. During his tenure at the Butler School of Music he was chosen as a Master Teacher for the NATS Intern Program in 2011 (one of four Master Teachers chosen nationally) and was selected by UT alumni as a Texas Ten recipient (2015), an award voted on by alumni for the 10 most influential and inspirational Professors at The University of Texas. His students have been Metropolitan Opera National finalists, finalists in the International Verdi Baritone Competition, among other awards.

He earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the DePauw University School of Music while studying with Thomas Fitzpatrick (a protégé of the great American baritone, Mack Harrell) and went on to earn an Artist Diploma in Opera and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of the great Italian basso Italo Tajo. Among his other interests is work to improve conditions and opportunities for the homeless of our society.

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Thursday, January 27
7:30 pm
$10.00 – $270.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States