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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Simone Porter, violin | Celebrity Series

Wednesday, February 9 2022   |   8:00 pm 10:00 pm

In just the past few years, rising star violinist Simone Porter has performed with a who’s-who of the world’s top conductors and debuted with such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her recent success comes as no surprise, given that her debut as a soloist came with the Seattle Symphony at age 10 and internationally with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13. Now a consummate professional, Porter continues to ascend and fulfill her immense potential as one of her generation’s significant violinists.

After missing out on her anticipated Debut Series performance in March 2021, Porter finally takes the stage at Longy’s Pickman Hall, and it will be a thrill to hear her solo in this relatively small space. She’ll be performing a similar, but updated program to what she had originally planned for our audiences, and it’s as enticing as ever, including the Boston premiere of a new work by internationally acclaimed composer Reena Esmail.

Andrew Norman l “Sabina” for solo violin
Heinrich Biber l Passacaglia for solo violin
Reena Esmail l New work (Boston premiere)
Esa Pekka Salonen l Lachen Verlernt
César Franck l Sonata in A Major


Artist’s Website


Wednesday, February 9 2022
8:00 pm 10:00 pm


Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States