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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Horszowski Trio • WAR AND PEACE • Ensemble-in-Residence

Friday, October 21   |   8:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


War and Peace

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio for Piano Trio (1992)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio #2 in e minor, Op.67


We were horrified to learn of the Russian invasion the day after we performed at the Ukrainian Institute in NYC in February. Throughout history, people have endured too many wars with so much loss and pain, and yet this keeps repeating, over and over. We wish to begin a new, peaceful chapter. There are many works written as a response to war. Beauty is not the dominant sound here, as composers express their anger, anguish, sadness, and desperation. We are grateful to these composers who created indelible art from tragedy.

Written during and in response to WWII, Poulenc‘s violin sonata is dedicated to the great Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca, who was shot by fascists at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. One can hear the unmistakable pain of war in this piano trio of Shostakovich, as the music recounts the horrors of the genocide. As we acknowledge this loss, we seek hope in the music of Pärt – this spiritual and peaceful offering is inspired by the poignant slow movement from a piano sonata by Mozart.


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Friday, October 21
8:00 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