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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You Are Welcome Here | Sylvie Zakarian, percussionist | Faculty Artist Recital

Saturday, March 12 2022   |   7:30 pm

Free – $20.00

Years of war and conquests have shaped the peoples of the Balkan region — and their strong sense of culture and heritage is what at once unites and divides them. Nations are drawn together through empathy and understanding, and united by their shared experience. Syldason, the marimba and voice duo of Longy percussionist Sylvie Zakarian and Daniela Tosic explore the common elements of our human experience that let us bridge the gap between our identities. Hear music in folk and classical traditions from a wide range of Balkan composers throughout the ages. Take in the unique sound of the marimba and get a fresh perspective on the history that has bound together and divided Balkan peoples.

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Armenian-Bulgarian Sylvie Zakarian began her foray into music on the piano, but a chance encounter with a xylophone at age 10 became a life-long passion. Today, she is the winner of international music competitions and prizes, and has given critically acclaimed performances at venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall Theater in New York, Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, Berklee Performance Center, Cutler Majestic Theater and the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston. As part of the Classic FM European Summer Festival, Sylvie returned to her native country after 20 years to play in the concert hall of the State Music Academy in Sofia that launched her career.

Zakarian, performing on what is an unconventional instrument for a woman, ardently works to involve the solo marimba into the classical repertoire through the transcription of works from other instruments’ established repertoire. In addition, she has commissioned new music for marimba and is always eager to perform original compositions. Highlights include the premiere of Dzon, homage to composer and former Arlingtonian Alan Hovanness, on the occasion of the 100th year of his birth, written exclusively for Zakarian by Pasquale Tassone; Concerto for Marimba by Scott Ethier, as well as the Boston premier of Melancholy Beauty an Oratorio by Georgi Andreev.

Zakarian holds an ARCM in percussion performance from the Royal College of Music in London, as well as a Master’s Degree in Marimba Performance from The Boston Conservatory – all with honors. Among her accomplishments during her years of residence in the United Kingdom include winning the ARCO scholarship for a solo performer by The Good Offices of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Zakarian’s early performances were played in prestigious venues including The Royal Overseas League and The Chelsea Festival. She made her British radio debut on the BBC’s “Classic FM”, followed by a solo recital on BBC Radio 3’s “Young Artist’s Forum.”

In addition to her performing engagements, Sylvie is a sought-after teacher and clinician. She is a Conservatory Faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College; Chair of Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion at the Winchester Community Music School; and is an affiliate instructor at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University. In these venues she presents workshops, conducts ensembles, and teaches individual percussion.  In addition Sylvie has conducted master classes in setting from the Longy School of Music, to the State Academy of Music in Bulgaria, as well as the Komitas State Conservatory in Armenia.

Website Link: Sylvie Zakarian

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Saturday, March 12 2022
7:30 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