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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Graduating Student Recital | Tuan Nguyen, violin

Thursday, May 26   |   3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

 

Tuan Nguyen, violin
Conghui Chen, piano

Program Notes

Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
Farrenc is a female French composer who was a composer, teacher, and pianist. She was a performer for most of her early life before settling down with her husband to become a music publisher. In 1842, she became a professor at the Paris Conservatory, in which, after a performance of her notet, she had demanded for equal pay, similar to her male coworkers, and had received the salary that she demanded.

César Franck (1822-1890)
Born in Belgium, Franck was known for being a pianist, organist, teacher, and more importantly, at least amongst violinists, a composer. Moving to Paris later in his adult life, he too, like Louise Farrenc, became a professor at the Paris Conservatory, only in 1872, about thirty years after Farrenc had. When Franck was 63, he had written the Violin Sonata to Ysaye, who would be known as a great violinist/violin-composer in modern times, as a wedding present.

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
Being the oldest out of the three, Smyth was an English composer who, like Farrenc, faced obstacles throughout her life as a composer. Unlike Farrenc who faced issues regarding pay (until her notet was played), Smyth faced an issue in regards to her quality of compositions not being on-par with her male competitors. Regardless she was granted Damehood, the first for any female composer of her time. In 1910, she would give two years to join the Women’s Social and Political Union, resulting in many events in her life, one of them being sent to prison for two months. Another thing to note was in 1892, there was writing in which she sent to Henry Bennet Brewster in which she writes about how she questioned her sexuality and mental state as she found it much easier to love females than males.

Tuan Nguyen

Born and raised in Boston, Tuan has been playing the violin since he was about thirteen years old. Only picking it up since the violin looked cool, he joined a string program in his public school, one where a teacher would teach a class ranging from ten to twenty. It was not until his junior and senior year did he decide to have a serious judgment in regards to whether or not he wants to actually pursue music as a career after talking to his high school teacher regarding it. Having no experience with a private teacher, only his experience in a public school setting, he decided to take a leap and applied to Longy school of music, in which his path changed forever.

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Details

Date:
Thursday, May 26
Time:
3:00 pm 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $20.00
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Venue

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