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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We’ll Be There: American Spiritual Singing, Black and White, 1800-1900 | Boston Camerata | Anne Azéma, Artistic Director

Saturday • November 6, 2021   |   3:00 pm

Free – $20.00

The thread of American spiritual traditions through time is rarely seen on the page. It must be heard and felt in the oral traditions and shared experiences of our country’s complicated past, as in musical reminiscences of the Civil War era and the songs of America’s ongoing fight for justice in communities of color. These passed-down tunes, folkloric tales, and accounts of oppression draw together old hymns and modern gospels, Black and White, generation after generation, as Boston Camerata collapses the space between cultures, traditions, and communities. We’ll trace the evolution of musical styles, taste, and performance practices across historical divides, discovering how Celtic folklore and African call-and-shout songs have inspired a uniquely American musical movement.

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The Boston Camerata is America’s preëminent early music ensemble. Founded in 1954, Camerata has been under the direction of French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma since autumn, 2008.

Camerata’s musical performances are well known for their blending of spontaneity and emotional commitment with careful research and scholarship. With its distinguished roster of singers and specialists in early instruments, Camerata produces an intown concert series for audiences in the Greater Boston area. The Boston Camerata also tours regularly in the US and all over the world. These live performances present vital, historically informed performances of European music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, and of early American music, sacred and secular.

The Camerata’s many LP and CD recordings, as well as its numerous media appearances and educational projects, have brought its work to audiences in every continent.

Learn more about the Boston Camerata, its musicians, history, and mission.

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Saturday • November 6, 2021
3:00 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