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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Prehistoric Jazz

Monday • April 5, 2021   |   7:30 pm

Longy’s Prehistoric Jazz Ensemble will perform new ‘re-imagined’ arrangements of two crucial, but oft overlooked, pieces of American Repertoire. Scott Joplin wrote what is now considered the first American Opera, Treemonisha. Not only does it feature an all-black cast, the overture is a masterpiece of ragtime technique and variation. Longy’s PJE constructed a new arrangement of the overture that includes improvisation and updates the sound and instrumentation for 2021. This will be a world premiere. Pianist and composer, Mary Lou Williams was a star of the swing era yet her Zodiac Suite (a 12 part suite for chamber ensemble and jazz trio) is woefully underappreciated. Longy’s PJE has re-imagined 4 parts of the suite as vehicles for collaboration and improvisation, celebrating the composer’s narrative and themes, while reshaping the sound design to fit the contemporary chamber jazz landscape.

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Date:
Monday • April 5, 2021
Time:
7:30 pm