Boston’s Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry’s eleventh season reflects the group’s ambition and creativity, continuing along a path the Boston Globe describes as “moving ever forward.” The season includes 15 Boston-area appearances as part of the group’s long-standing residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and its own subscription series (with performances at St. John’s Episcopal Church and New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall). Tour activity includes debut appearances at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Washington Performing Arts, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, and Duke Performances.
The group tours two new commissioning projects: Philip Glass’ third piano concerto with soloist Simone Dinnerstein, and The Blue Hour, an evening-length work featuring Grammy-winning singer Luciana Souza in a song-cycle written by a collaborative of five leading female composers – Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
A Far Cry’s democratic approach to programming has consistently led to thoughtful and unpredictable results, and Season 11 is no exception. From “Violin Hero” which opens the season on September 9 celebrating the instrument’s Golden Age with music by Kreisler, Enescu, and Ysaÿe, to “The A Far Cry Challenge” in December in which the group plays works they love but audiences often approach with skepticism — A Far Cry digs into wide ranging repertoire with its trademark insightfulness and playful curiosity.
The season features A Far Cry commissions from Elena Ruehr, Shiori Usui, and Christopher Hossfeld; and new music from members of A Far Cry, and the winner of the group’s inaugural Young Composers Competition. There will be new and existing arrangements of many works from Beethoven’s String Quartet, op. 135 to Sufjan Steven’s Suite from Run Rabbit Run. Guest performers include pianists Heng-Jin Park and Alexander Korsantia, the Miró String Quartet, and tenor Nicholas Phan.
SEASON 11 / AT-A-GLANCE
Sept. 9/10 – Violin Hero
Sept. 22 > Dinnerstein Premieres Glass
Oct. 21/22 > Music in Migration [featuring Heng-Jin Park, piano]
Nov. 10 > The Blue Hour [featuring Luciana Souza, vocalist]
Dec. 7 > The A Far Cry Challenge
Jan. 19 > Albion [featuring Nicholas Phan, tenor]
Jan. 27/28 > Guardians of the Groove
Mar. 30 > Loss and Resurrection [featuring the Miró String Quartet]
Apr. 5 > In House
Apr. 28/29 > Fresco [featuring Sonja Tenblad, Soprano; Bradford Gleim, baritone]
May 18 > Next Generation [featuring Alexander Korsantia, piano]
DINNERSTEIN PREMIERES GLASS
A Far Cry and pianist Simone Dinnerstein premiere a new work by Philip Glass
Sep. 23 > CONNECTICUT COLLEGE; NEW LONDON, CT [INFO]
Sep. 28 > MILLER THEATRE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; NYC [INFO]
Feb. 11 > MECHANICS HALL; WORCESTER, MA
Feb. 14 > SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS; PALM BEACH, FL
May 25 > THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY; TORONTO, ON
THE BLUE HOUR
A new evening-length work commissioned by AFC, featuring Grammy-winning singer Luciana Souza
Nov. 4 > WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS; WASHINGTON, DC [INFO]
Nov. 9 > BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY; LEWISBURG, PA
Nov. 16 > HANCHER AUDITORIUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA; IOWA CITY, IA
Nov. 18 > DUKE PERFORMANCES; DURHAM, NC
Nov. 21 > FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY’S OPENING NIGHT SERIES; TALLAHASSEE, FL
AFC makes its BAM debut in Matt Aucoin’s opera Crossing, presented by the American Repertory Theater
Oct. 3,5,7,8 > BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC; BROOKLYN, NY