Happily Ever After
New England Conservatory is a cauldron of new ideas, some so big that they become organizations in their own right. We proudly showcase these partners.
A Far Cry, Boston's self-conducted chamber orchestra, explores the traditional boundaries of Western classical music, experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced.
Founded in 2007 as a tightly-knit collective of young professional Boston-area string players, A Far Cry developed an innovative structure of rotating leadership, both on stage and behind the scenes. This, in contrast to typical orchestras, empowers the musician and aims to distill a valuable diversity of opinion into a unified voice.
New England Conservatory was instrumental in the formation of A Far Cry. Many of the founding members were educated and met each other at the Conservatory, and NEC's unconducted Chamber Orchestra was one of the sources of inspiration that helped the group to take shape. A rich haven of friends and mentors, NEC continues to play an important part in the lives of many Criers.
A Far Cry closes their Jordan Hall season with some of their most eclectic programming ever, ranging from Gesualdo's music of 16th-century Venice and traditional Finnish dance music to Copland's anthems of American spirituality and optimism and Hermann's horrifying music for Alfred Hitchcock's most brutal film.
Finnish folk musicians JPP have been around since the early 1980s. Their corporate-sounding name is short for Järvelän Pikkupelimannit, or "Little Folk Musicians of Järvelä"—a family name that has been associated with folk musicians form more than a century.
Don Carlo Gesualdo arr. AFC Moro Lasso
Bernard Hermann Suite from Psycho
Aaron Copland Suite from Appalachian Spring
JPP arr. AFC Suite of Finnish folk dance music
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