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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Palaver Strings • A BRILLIANT ESCAPE • Ensemble-in-Residence

Thursday, September 29 2022   |   8:00 pm

You must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


A Brilliant Escape combines early music classics and lesser-known works chosen to surprise and delight listeners.

Palaver launches its ninth season with an escape into the brilliant world of early music, joined by harpsichordist John McKean. This program includes classic concertos such as Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Geminiani’s La Folia, full of florid violin melodies and driving bass lines sure to sweep you away. Two lesser-known works by Casulana and Lusitano, originally written for voices, are full of harmonic twists and turns. We round out the program with Durante’s La Pazzia and Telemann’s aptly-named Suite La Bizarre.

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A Brilliant Escape 
“Morir non può il mio cuore” – Maddalena Casulana, arr. Jesse MacDonald
La Pazzia – Franesco Durante
Overture Suite La Bizarre – George Telemann
“Heu me domine” – Vicente Lusitano, arr. Lysander Jaffe
Concerto Gross Op. 6, No 8 (“Christmas Concerto”) – Arcangelo Corelli
La Folia – Francesco Geminiani **featuring select Longy students

The Palaver Strings’ mission is to inspire community through music—allowing audiences of all backgrounds an inroad into the world of live string performance. The group’s focus on diverse musical programming, collaboration, and education provides an exciting opportunity for new and seasoned listeners alike to discover something exciting.


Thursday, September 29 2022
8:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States