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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Vistas | Radius Ensemble

Saturday, March 5 2022   |   8:00 pm

GOULD – Benny’s Gig
RUEHR – Walk Through a Strange Landscape WORLD PREMIERE
WILLIAMS – if/else
PUTS – Seven Seascapes

Trapped at home during the pandemic, many of us sought to relieve the doldrums by seeking inspiration outdoors. Nature’s VISTAS delivered. Anchoring the program is the world premiere of Walk Through a Strange Landscape, by Boston composer Elena Ruehr, who will be present. In Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’ Seven Seascapes for winds and strings, each movement is inspired by literary quotes evoking the austerity and expanse of the open ocean. Also on the program: Morton Gould Benny’s Gig, written for his friend Benny Goodman to take past the Iron Curtain on a tour of the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. And, inspired by the conditional statements of modern coding, Evan William’s if/else, meanders through a different kind of landscape – all silicon and electric – that has forever changed our intellectual sight lines.

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Plus, the winner of the Pappalardo Composition Competition.

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Radius Ensemble liberates classical music for a new generation of music lovers with a fresh combination of eclectic programming and intimate performances by extraordinary musicians.

Named Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble 2016 by the Improper Bostonian, and winner of a 2013 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Radius Ensemble’s thoughtfully curated programs balance old and new, with repertoire ranging from beloved masterworks to riveting new music – brilliantly performed by some of the best Boston-based musicians.  Radius’s go-for-broke performances are interspersed with “live liner notes,” brief remarks that enlighten and entertain.  Musicians, composers, and listeners truly connect.

A chamber music ensemble of winds, strings, and piano, Radius Ensemble was founded in 1999 by oboist and impresario Jennifer Montbach. Radius’s subscription season includes a four-concert series at Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where the group has been Ensemble in Residence since 2011. Radius has also appeared on concert series throughout New England, including Rockport Music and Clark University. Radius has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Boston-area composers and has won several Meet the Composer grants. Committed to community engagement, Radius presents a free Saturday-morning family concert in Harvard Square, donates free tickets to disadvantaged children and their parents or mentors through local community service agencies, and works with students at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.

Nine core members comprise Radius Ensemble. They are joined by additional musicians as repertoire warrants, including (but not limited to) harp, percussion, and double bass.  The group has also collaborated with a thereminist, several narrators, and dancers; and has appeared with film, live and recorded electronics, and other multimedia.

Details

Date:
Saturday, March 5 2022
Time:
8:00 pm

Venue

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