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Palaver Strings • JOY • Ensemble-in-Residence

Thursday • March 16, 2023   |   8:00 pm

Joy features a mashup of musical styles and eras. This far-flung program celebrates the many paths available to musicians—all held together by the common threads of joy and catharsis.

Palaver celebrates the joy and catharsis that music can give us in a program featuring bassist Kebra-Seyoun Charles, winner of the 2022 Sphinx Competition. In a mashup of musical styles and eras, we combine string orchestra classics by Grieg and Bartok with fiddle tunes and Nina Simone. At the heart of this program is John B. Hedges’ Raise Hymn, Praise Shout, a concerto for bass and strings originally commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in 2014. This piece is rooted in African American church music traditions, with the soloist “lining out” hymns and leading the “congregation” (string orchestra) in song. To connect more spontaneously with the audience and each other, Palaver will play much of the program from memory.

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Feeling Good – Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse, arr. Kebra-Seyoun Charles
Romanian Folk Dances – Bela Bartok, arr Alex Goodin
Holberg Suite – Edvard Grieg
Yorkshire Lass/One Hour in Hungary/Shuckin’ Stiddy – Greg Boardman, Mikael Marin, Roger Tallroth, Elsie Gawler
Raise Hymn Praise Shout – John B. Hedges

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 • March 16, 2023
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.