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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“So She Wants to Write A Fugue” | Gessner-Schocken: Jessica Osborne, piano

Saturday, March 26 2022   |   8:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Classical music has not made equitable space for women composers throughout history. Osborne’s progressive and meaningful concert will challenge our definition and context of fugues, putting works by Irene Britton-Smith, Grazyna Bacewicz, Lera Auerbach, and Clara Wieck-Schumann alongside those of their male counterparts, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich.

“a pianist with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” — The Washington Post

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Jessica Xylina Osborne, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been playing the piano since she was four years old. She comes from a musical family: her mother, an accomplished pianist herself, was Jessica’s first teacher. Her mother’s father was a self-taught bluegrass guitarist, and his father played the piano as background music for silent movies.

Jessica has enjoyed an illustrious and diverse career in music. She pursues ambitious projects that reflect creativity in programming with the goal of bringing awareness to social justice issues. She enjoys presenting programs that pair well- known audience favorites with music being written today, in addition to performing works written by composers who have historically been overlooked within the classical music canon, including women, transgendered individuals, and composers of color.

Jessica has regularly performed with some of the classical music world’s biggest stars, including Hilary Hahn, Ani Kavafian, and Timothy Eddy, among many others. In addition to performing at some of the world’s top concert halls- including Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center- she has gotten to perform at many of the world’s most unique and interesting venues: some of her favorites include the Walton Gardens in Ischia, Italy; the Louvre Museum in Paris; and the Folly Theater in Kansas City.

Jessica received her bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; her master of music degree from Rice University; and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale University. Her teachers and mentors include her mother Patricia Osborne, Dr. Marjorie Lee, Seymour Lipkin, Emile Naoumoff, Jon Kimura Parker, and Claude Frank.

Jessica is an experienced and enthusiastic pedagogue. She has been teaching piano for over 20 years, privately as well as within an academic setting. She regularly offers guest masterclasses and recitals at colleges and universities nationwide. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the Sam Houston State University School of Music during the 2019- 2020 school year. She is currently on the piano faculty at the Lindeblad School of Music and Third Street Music School Settlement, as well as building her studio both in person and online in New York City. She is accepting students of all ages and levels.

In her spare time, Jessica loves reading, yoga, playing with her two very energetic cats, and studying foreign languages.

Website Link: Jessica Xylina Osborne


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Saturday, March 26 2022
8:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States