The LONGY BEAT
DECEMBER

Join us for a fiery performance by the Horszowski Trio, an exploration of composer and mystic Hildegard von Bingen, a musical celebration by Castle of our Skins, as well as opera, art song, and chamber music performances as we bring the fall semester to a close.
For a full listing, check our events calendar at Longy.edu/e vents .


Raising the Bar: Learning and Thriving in the Spotlight
Aaron Williamon, Royal College of Music, London

Friday, December 6 | 12PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Few pursuits are as dynamic and enjoyable as making music. The results of recent research, however, suggest that stress and anxiety are widespread among musicians and that healthy approaches to training are far from uniform throughout the profession. This lecture will review the latest developments in the field of performance science to examine how musicians can equip themselves with skills to manage the pressure to excel. Join us this Friday, no tickets required.

Horszowski Trio

Horszowski Trio: Flame
Ensemble-in-Residence

Friday, December 6 | 8PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
In addition to Berio’s Feuerklavier , fire and passion spark three works: Dvo ř ák’s masterpiece, Dumky ; a hidden treasure by Armenian composer Babajanian; and musical fireworks by American Charles Wuorinen.
Opera

 Fantasy and Enchantment: Opera Theater Opera Scenes

Monday, December 9 | 7:30PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy’s Opera Theater performs, enchants, and hypnotizes with scenes from La Cenerentola , Hansel and Gretel , The Magic Flute , The Impresario , Inquisitive Women , Così fan tutte , The Pirates of Penzance , The Ballad of Baby Doe , and The Enchanted Pig .
Vocal Performance student

 Operatica

Thursday, December 12 | 7:30PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Join the Vocal Studies Department and the Longy Chamber Orchestra for an evening of well-loved arias and duets from your favorite operas and operettas. No doubt you’ll recognize a few tunes, and will want to be humming or singing along!
Hildegard von Bingen illustration

Hildegard von Bingen: A Universe Bound by Music
Pamela Dellal, faculty artist/artistic director

Friday, December 13 | 7:30PM
Lindsay Chapel at First Church, Cambridge
Members of the Longy Historical Performance and Vocal Studies Departments present an immersive exploration of the powerful music of Hildegard von Bingen in the intimate and acoustically dazzling Lindsay Chapel. Hildegard’s profound vision of the role of the feminine in the divine plan—and the cosmic unity of her worldview—will illuminate the four elements through the distinct characters of eight medieval musical modes.
Castle of our Skins

Castle of our Skins: Portrait of Composer Trevor Weston
Ensemble-in-Residence / Ashleigh Gordon, co-founder

Saturday, December 14 | 8PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is an ensemble dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. This year, they mark their seventh season by bringing the music of Trevor Weston to Longy. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration of Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of the past and present.

Fire and Soul: Imagination and Insanity
The Songs of Hugo Wolf
Jane Struss, faculty artist/artistic director

Sunday, December 15 | 7:30PM 
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Hugo Wolf was a prolific writer of songs, both sacred and secular, which are particularly loved for their insight into the heart of everyday human emotions. “Fire and Soul” is a staged performance, set in the context of the composer’s life, serving as a connection to our own lives and times.  
Kim Kashkashian viola

Musicians from Marlboro Masterclass
Kim Kashkashian, viola

Monday, December 16 | 12PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Kim Kashkashian is internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola. Ms. Kashkashian has received awards such as the George Peabody Medal and Switzerland’s Golden Bow Award, and she has forged creative relationships with composers such as Kurtág, Penderecki, Schnittke, Kancheli, and Pärt and commissioned compositions from Eötvös, Ueno, Olivero, Larcher, Auerbach, Mansurian, and Hosokawa. She coaches chamber music and viola at New England Conservatory of Music and is founder and artistic director of Music for Food, a musician-led hunger relief initiative. Please join us, no tickets required.

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