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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Two Flowers, One Branch | Graduating Student Recital | Monica Rajan, soprano

Saturday, May 21   |   3:00 pm 4:00 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.

 

10 musicians, 6 languages, 5 countries. This program explores works from Italy to India and features pieces that encourage growth, passion, and collaboration.

Monica Rajan, soprano
Ahra Oh, piano
Evan Delaney, guitar
Tessa Shune, piano
Ian Saunders, bass
Tanya Zhmendak
Aspen Barker, violin
Simone Cartales, viola
Tyler James, cello
Nandini Samanta, vocalist

Biography

Soprano Monica Rajan is a multi-faceted musician conveying powerful stories through opera, musical theatre, and oratorio.

Since moving to Boston, Monica has been engaged by several notable companies in the area such as Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston Camerata, and Emmanuel Music. Recent highlights include T-Boy (Silver Fox), Oberto (Alcina), Maguellone (Cendrillon), First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) Zorah (Ruddigore), Lady Angela (Patience), and Sarah’s Friend (Ragtime).

In 2018, Rajan made her European debut with the American Institute of Musical Arts in Graz, Austria where she was featured in concerts of musical theatre, operetta, and lieder and worked with opera singers Barbara Bonney, Bo Skovhus and Gabrielle Lechner.

Monica holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America and is a current M.M. candidate at Longy School of Music of Bard College where she studies with Carol Mastrodomenico.

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Details

Date:
Saturday, May 21
Time:
3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $20.00
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Venue

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States