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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Radius Ensemble: Tracing | ensemble-in-residence

Saturday • March 7, 2020   |   8:00 pm

SCHUMAKER – Mehretu trace for oboe, clarinet, and electronic media
KODÁLY – Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7
BEETHOVEN – Quintet for piano and winds, Op. 16
Plus a new trio for flute, viola, and cello by the winner of the Pappalardo Composition Competition

Zoltán Kodály and his close friend, Béla Bartók, shared an abiding interest in the folk music of their native Hungary, which Kodály explores in the Duo for violin and cello. A young Ludwig van Beethoven sought to make his mark on the glittering city of Vienna when he moved there to study with Haydn in 1792. One of the works from that period was the Quintet in E-flat for piano and winds, Op. 16, written with the intent to showcase Beethoven’s prowess as both composer and pianist. Also on the program, the world premiere of Mehretu Trace, inspired by the work of Ethiopian painter Julie Mehretu, by Matthew Schumaker, MLK Visiting Scholar at MIT, who will be present for the performance. Plus, a new trio for flute, viola, and cello by the winner of the Pappalardo Composition Competition.

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Saturday • March 7, 2020
8:00 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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