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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“#SheToo, her grief / dido and aeneas” | The Boston Camerata | Anne Azéma, artistic director

Saturday • November 14, 2020   |   6:00 pm

Before Carthage was delenda, its queen was no more. Dido revealed herself and surrendered everything for the faithless Aeneas—her dignity, her rule, and finally her life. Transcending her grief is Henry Purcell’s magnificent score, produced anew for our day, combining performance and media. Boston Camerata soloists—assisted by young artists from Longy and Harvard University—give full voice to Dido’s undoing, elevating her sorrow to an art and foreshadowing, perhaps, her second face-off, Aeneas 2.0, in the underworld. It was writ large allalong: sunt lacrimae rerum (there are tears of things).

The show will be available for streaming November 14-29, 2020 – ticketbuyers will be emailed links to the show, as well as a pre-concert presentation on Dido and Aeneas by Prof. Ellen T. Harris and a post-performance conversation between Anne Azéma and Peter Torpey.



Saturday • November 14, 2020
6:00 pm
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Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
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