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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
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.