What a whirlwind the past few months have been over here at A Far Cry. Since January, we've opened the new wing of the Gardner Museum with Yo-Yo Ma, collaborated with head-banging rock bands at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City, performed a completely fresh program at Jordan Hall, enjoyed a residency in Rockport, gone on tour to Houston, Louisiana, and Memphis, and finally, recorded our upcoming Mozart Concertos album with wunderbar Austrian pianist, Markus Schirmer. Phew!
However, as we all learned in "The Wizard of Oz," once the tornado finally sets us down on terra firma, there really is no place like home. We could not be more thrilled to be back in Boston, and are celebrating by presenting a fabulous program inspired by the echoes we hear across generations of musicians, specifically, in the city of Vienna.
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer's epigrammatic "Fechtschule" or "Fencing School" (a ballet complete with a gentleman's duel) does battle with the next-generation, Mozart's gracious Piano Concerto no. 13 in C Major. Alban Berg's virtuosic and secretive "Lyric Suite" embodies 20th century angst and passion, while Arnold Schoenberg's "Suite for String Orchestra" reaches back to monuments of the musical past and re-imagines them under new terms. We are also absolutely thrilled to be featuring the fantastic Markus Schirmer as soloist on the Mozart Concerto. We want to give you, our home audience, a sneak peak of the collaboration we will be presenting across the pond this fall when we make our European Debut. For a listeners guide to this entire program by our fabulous musicologist in residence, Kathryn Bacasmot, simply click HERE.
**Important Note!** Though we will also be presenting this program on April 1st at the Gardner Museum, that concert is already SOLD OUT. Never fear! We will be playing the same intriguing program at our wonderfully intimate and cozy "home turf" at St. John's Church in Jamaica Plain on March 31st.
With love and music, The Criers
A Far Cry in Jamaica Plain March 31 2012, 4pm St. John's Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain, MA BUY TICKETS
Schmelzer: Balletto a 4 "Fechtschule" in G Berg: Three Pieces from 'Lyric Suite' Mozart: Piano Concerto #13 in C featuring Markus Schirmer, piano Schoenberg: Suite for String Orchestra ________________________________________________________________________
Recent Press The Boston Globe on our recent collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma: "Chamber music of the highest caliber." The New York Times: "The orchestra brims with personality or, better yet, personalities... a sensational jam." The Boston Phoenix: "This orchestra could kick your band's ass."