March 2015 E-Notes: A Far Cry

A Far Cry Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening with Mozart with this Grammy Award-nominated, 18-player, Boston-based chamber orchestra! The self-conducted ensemble features leading New England Conservatory of Music alumni. The New York Times said the group “brims with personality or, better said, personalities, many and varied.” For our concert, the ensemble will add four woodwind players and perform Mozart’s landmark Symphony No. 29 in A major. See the program and program notes.

This tightly-knit collective was founded in 2007 by 17 young professional musicians, partly with the idea of fostering their individual personalities. The ensemble uses an innovative, collective, decision-making process with rotating leadership. For each piece the members choose five principal musicians who guide the rehearsal process and shape the interpretation. Because each program includes several works, the multiple-leader approach adds musical variety to the concerts.

A Far Cry’s musical philosophy has led to collaborations with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jake Shimabukuro, Urbanity Dance, and Roomful of Teeth. The result is an expansion of the boundaries of the orchestral repertoire and how the music is prepared, performed, and experienced. A Far Cry has performed hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and around the world. They also have a strong presence on the internet.  See A Far Cry’s biography.

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