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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Wings | Graduating Student Recital | Faith McKinley, clarinet

Saturday, April 30 2022   |   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.


This program explores covid and its impact on society. The title, Wings, is a nod to a bird as it migrates for winter, changing its surroundings to survive. With covid, we have needed to adapt in a similar way – often changing the way we do things.

Right before the pandemic, we were all going about our daily lives. Similarly to The Cape Cod Files, all cultures around the world were going about their lives. Towards the end of the “normal” though, some people could begin to sense things changing, and often found themselves being alone like in the final unaccompanied movement. Wings is a piece unaccompanied and unmetered. This is what many of us felt during the first month of lockdown – alone and unsure. Many of us still carry this feeling even as the “new normal” begins to take shape. Finally, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet shifts us between major and minor keys throughout the movement, reflecting many of the emotions of the pandemic with hope, sorrow, optimism, and uncertainty.

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Saturday, April 30 2022
3:00 pm 5:00 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