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A Far Cry, the Self-Conducted Chamber Orchestra, Performs in NYC (13 Jan 13) and Chicago (18 Jan 13)

December 14, 2012 | By Nancy Shear Arts Services
A Far Cry – the Boston-based chamber orchestra, a self-conducted, tightly-knit “collective” of 17 musicians – begins 2013 with New York and Chicago performances. On Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m., the group plays on the Schneider Concerts series at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium (66 W. 12th St.) in New York City. On Friday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m., the group performs at the Northwestern University Winter Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (50 Arts Circle Dr.) in Chicago/Evanston, IL.

A Far Cry, which is Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed an innovative process where decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates between the “Criers.” For each piece, a group of principals is elected by the members and these five musicians guide the rehearsal process and shape the interpretation. Since each program includes multiple works, this multiplicity of leaders adds tremendous musical variety to the concerts.

In the summer of 2012, the members of A Far Cry, sitting in a wide circle, named “the greatest hits of their first six years,” collaboratively constructing two programs that include works by Pärt, Golijov, Biber, Tchaikovsky and Walton. The group members state, “These programs cover a vast number of styles, colors, and moods, while maintaining the common thread of joyous music-making that makes us who we are.”

A FAR CRY Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2 p.m. Schneider Concerts, The New School Tishman Auditorium 66 W. 12th Street | New York, NY

Program (subject to change): Golijov – Last Round (1996) Pärt – Fratres for Strings and Percussion (1977) Biber – Battalia à 10 in D major (1673) Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48 (1880)

Tickets: $17: General Admission; $15: Seniors; $5 Student stand-by tickets (ages 30 and under with school ID). Available at The New School Box Office: 66th W. 12th St., lobby; or by calling: 212/229-5488; or online: www.newschool.edu/mannes/subpage.aspx?id=30667.

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A FAR CRY Friday, January 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Northwestern University Winter Music Festival Pick-Staiger Concert Hall 50 Arts Circle Drive | Evanston, IL

Program (subject to change): Golijov – Last Round (1996) Pärt – Fratres for Strings and Percussion (1977) Biber – Battalia à 10 in D major (1673) Walton – Sonata for Strings (1971)

Tickets: $24 for the general public and $10 for students, available by calling: 847/467-4000, or online: www.pickstaiger.org/event/far-cry.



About A Far Cry A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to the New York Times, this self-conducted orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians – the "Criers" – and since the beginning has fostered those personalities, developing an innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been embraced throughout the world with more than two hundred performances across the United States, three albums, and a powerful presence on the internet. Recent collaborations include performances and recordings with cellists Matt Haimovitz and Yo-Yo Ma, Austrian pianist Markus Schirmer, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, guitarist Jason Vieaux, and clarinetist David Krakauer.

In October 2012, the Criers made a triumphantly successful European début at Vienna's Musikverein, as part of a seven-concert European tour. Their 2012-13 season includes more than 50 concerts at home and on the road, with repertoire ranging from 12th century monophony to four newly-commissioned world premieres. No matter what the project, audiences have come to trust A Far Cry for "high musical standards and unbridled idealism" (Boston Globe).

The Criers are proud to call Boston home, and maintain strong roots in the city rehearsing at their storefront music center in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood and fulfilling the role of Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Collaborating with local students through an educational partnership with the New England Conservatory, A Far Cry aims to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.

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THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION: For additional information, interview access and photos, please contact Nancy Shear Arts Services, National Press Representatives, at 212/496-9418, sheararts@nancyshear.com and www.nancyshear.com.

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