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KINESPHERE | Radius Ensemble

Saturday • October 30, 2021   |   8:00 pm

In the past year and a half, we’ve become obsessed with protecting the space around our bodies — while also yearning for physical contact more than ever before. The Radius Ensemble will explore this tension through the concept of the Kinesphere, the space around the performer’s body in modern dance. The performance will explore how our concepts of intimacy and privacy have changed and been reborn in the wake of the pandemic. Hear Astor Piazzolla’s sultry Tango Suite for wind quintet in celebration of the composer’s centenary, contrasted with the privacy of the solo piano in Intimacy of Harmony by Boston Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland. Jennifer Higdon’s jaunty tribute to the bassoon, Dark Wood, rounds out the program along with André Previn’s Quintet for horn and strings.

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The Program

HOLLAND – Intimacy of Harmony
PREVIN – Quintet
HIGDON – Dark Wood
PIAZZOLLA – Tango Suite (arr. Scott)

Radius Ensemble liberates classical music for a new generation of music lovers with a fresh combination of eclectic programming and intimate performances by extraordinary musicians.

Named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, and winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Radius Ensemble’s thoughtfully curated programs balance old and new, with repertoire ranging from beloved masterworks to riveting new music – brilliantly performed by some of the best Boston-based musicians. Radius’s go-for-broke performances are interspersed with “live liner notes,” brief remarks that enlighten and entertain. Musicians, composers, and listeners truly connect.

A chamber music ensemble of winds, strings, and piano, Radius Ensemble was founded in 1999 by oboist and impresario Jennifer Montbach. Radius’s subscription season includes a four-concert series at Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where the group has been Ensemble in Residence since 2011. Radius has also appeared on concert series throughout New England, including Rockport Music and Clark University. Radius has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Boston-area composers and has won several Meet the Composer grants. Committed to community engagement, Radius presents a free Saturday-morning family concert in Harvard Square, donates free tickets to disadvantaged children and their parents or mentors through local community service agencies, and works with students at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.

Nine core members comprise Radius Ensemble. They are joined by additional musicians as repertoire warrants, including (but not limited to) harp, percussion, and double bass. The group has also collaborated with a thereminist, several narrators, and dancers; and has appeared with film, live and recorded electronics, and other multimedia.

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Saturday • October 30, 2021
8:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.