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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Reflections and Narratives | Spencer Myer, piano | faculty recital

Sunday • February 16, 2020   |   7:30 pm

Piano faculty member Spencer Myer explores late works of Leoš Janáček and Ludwig van Beethoven on the first half of this program. Janáček’s “In the Mists” (his final work for piano) and Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 110 both possess very introspective, searching, reflective qualities, as if the composers were reminiscing, or in a way searching for something deeper in their compositional voices. Veering in the narrative direction, Frédéric Chopin’s Four Ballades are musical stories–left up to the imagination of the listener, as Chopin didn’t assign them specific plots. But through them, he turns the piano into a narrative medium, making the instrument essentially “speak” with his gift of melody and line.

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Sunday • February 16, 2020
7:30 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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