Grammy-nominated orchestra to perform at Wellesley College

A Far Cry, Wellesley CollegeGrammy-nominated self-conducting chamber orchestra A Far Cry will bring its original style of classical music to Wellesley College’s Jewett Center in concert on September 22 at 7:30pm.

A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly knit collective of young professional musicians who expand the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced; the Boston-based group has been embraced throughout the world, with hundreds of performances coast to coast and across the globe, and hundreds of thousands of online views of live-streamed concerts and YouTube archives. Dreams and Prayers and Law of Mosaics, the first albums from A Far Cry’s in-house label, Crier Records, have collectively garnered a Grammy nomination and critical acclaim from the New Yorker’s Alex Ross.

The performance kicks off A Far Cry’s Music Department fall residency.

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 7:30pm

WHERE: Wellesley College, Jewett Auditorium

The event is free and open to the public

A Far Cry is proud to call Boston home, and they maintain strong roots in the city, rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain 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.

For this concert, A Far Cry presents a program inspired by explorers seeking out the fringes of the known world. John Corigliano’s Voyage, which depicts Charles Baudelaire’s poem “L’Invitation au voyage,” serves as prelude, giving way to a suite from Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, the French baroque composer’s imagining of the music of the New World. Then, they will present two works inspired by famed travelogues: Claude Vivier’s Zipangu, the name Marco Polo gives to Japan, a land he never visited but heard about from other travelers, and a new work composed by and featuring Turkish American composer Mehmet Sanlikol, based on the fantastical travelogues of 17th-century Ottoman Evliya Çelebi.

Residency and concert generously supported by the Wilson Fund and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.