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A Far Cry
Start Date/Time: Saturday, September 18, 2010 4:00 PM
End Date/Time: Saturday, September 18, 2010 6:00 PM

JP Concerts presents: A Far Cry, the self-conducted, cooperatively directed string orchestra described by the Boston Globe as "thrilling, "brilliant," and "intrepid," in the first concert of its fourth season, themed "History of the Night." During the course of this season, the group will explore the concept of night, as reflected in both traditionally nocturnal works and more standard repertoire.  All concerts this season will be on Saturdays, starting at 4:00 pm—December 18, February 5 and March 5. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information and directions please see

The first concert of the season is titled "Primordial Darkness" spans a total of five centuries of musical inspiration. The earliest work on the program, a suite of Purcell's incidental dances from "The Old Bachelor," hails from 1693 and celebrates the energy of the English theatrical nightlife. Mozart's "Serenata Notturna" for strings and timpani brings the idea of an evening serenade into a more classical vein. Bartok's Divertimento (composed under the threat of impending war) balances a dancelike expression and a concerto grosso sensibility with an agonized nocturne as its central movement. Xenakis’ "Analogues A and B" juxtaposes two different realities - the dreamlike sound of a recorded track against live string sonorities. Finally, Boston composer Richard Cornell's "New Fantasias," commissioned by and written for A Far Cry this summer, brings the program directly into the here and now.

The second concert of the season is titled "Seasons in Orbit", a December 18 performance that matches Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons" (arranged for guitar, bandoneon, and strings, and featuring Jason Veaux and Julien Labro) with more atmospheric fare - Arvo Part's meditative "Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten," works by Elgar and Bach, and Aaron Jay Kernis's "Musica Celestis. 

The third concert, on February 5, titled "Celestial Rite" is a collaboration with pianist Joel Fan, who will play Mozart's Concerto no. 11.  Also on the program: Tchaikovsky's radiant "Serenade for Strings" and Gabriela Lena Frank's "An Andean Walkabout." 

The fourth and final program, on March 5, "First Light" is a study in chiaroscuro - with Handel's radiant Concerto Grosso in A Major balanced against Golijov's "Tenebrae," Dvorak's "Nocturne" and Schoenberg's dark-to-light "Verklarte Nacht."  An alternate version of this program will play in Jordan Hall, featuring a new AFC commission by Shiori Usui, and renowned violinist Anthony Marwood sharing an arrangement of the Schumann Cello Concerto. 

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