"A Far Cry" Chamber Orchestra and David Krakauer, clarinet

"Dreams & Prayers"

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Mechanics Hall - 3:00 PM Performance, Pre-concert Lecture 2:00 PM by Stephen Ledbetter

Tickets: Adult $42, Student $15, Youth $5 - Order Tickets

“A Far Cry sounds poignant, precise, and subtle…the high caliber of musicianship was so constant, and that is something listeners have grown accustomed to at this ensemble’s performances" - The Boston Globe

“Masterful technique, a deep grounding in klezmer style, and boatloads of pure adrenaline… like a roaring free jazz solo, laced with virtuosic multiphonics and capped by a piercing high note held for a small eternity.” - Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, September 10, 2012

Fresh off their European debut tour of 2012, A Far Cry comes to Worcester for first time this season. In residence at the Gardner Museum in Boston and formed by a group of New England Conservatory graduates in 2007, the ensemble has championed new works while giving superbly received performances of repertoire from all centuries. For their Worcester debut A Far Cry presents an incredible range of works, from acclaimed College of the Holy Cross Music Professor Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (a work for klezmer clarinet and string orchestra featuring celebrated clarinetist David Krakauer), to a work of chant music by Hildegard von Bingen.

A Far Cry aims to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation by working with students through educational partnerships, and will be working with music students at Holy Cross this fall.

Internationally acclaimed clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER redefines the notion of a concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles, he occupies the unique position of being one of the world’s leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, and at the same time is a major voice in classical music.

Funded in part by the New England State Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.


The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind - Osvaldo Golijov (1994) for Klezmer clarinet and chamber orchestra

O ignis spiritus - Hildegard von Bingen

Vecd - Mehmet Ali Sanlikol

Heiliger Dankgesang, from Quartet opus 132 - Ludwig van Beethoven

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About the Artists

A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to the New York Times, the 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, three albums, a powerful presence on the internet, and a European debut tour planned for 2012. The Criers are proud to call Boston home, and 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.

Known simply as “Krakauer” to his fervent following, David Krakauer is nothing less than an American original who has embarked on a tremendous journey transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary. That journey has lead Krakauer to an astounding diversity of projects and collaborations ranging from solo appearances with orchestras to major festival concerts with his own improvisation based bands.

He has shared the stage with a wide array of artists such as the Klezmatics, Fred Wesley, Itzhak Perlman, Socalled, Eiko and Koma, Leonard Slatkin and Iva Bitova while being sought after by such composers as Danny Elfman, Osvaldo Golijov, David Del Tredici, John Zorn, George Tsontakis, Mohammed Fairouz and Wlad Marhulets to interpret their works. In addition, he has performed with renowned string quartets including the Kronos, Tokyo and the Emerson and as soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Lyon, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dresdener Philharmonie and the Detroit Symphony, among many others.

Having been showered with accolades for his groundbreaking work in classical, klezmer and jazz, Krakauer now finds himself at an artistic crossroads and is ready to make a daring leap into a new phase in his career. His next project, The Big Picture, may be his most adventurous to date. With an all-star crew of fellow musical renegades, Krakauer is re-imagining familiar themes by such renowned film music composers as John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Randy Newman, Wojciech Kilar and Vangelis, as well as interpreting melodic gems by the likes of Sidney Bechet, Sergei Prokofiev, Mel Brooks, Ralph Burns, John Kander & Fred Ebb and Jerry Bock that have appeared in popular films. Having already contributed to films by directors Ang Lee and Sally Potter, Krakauer now takes on the challenge of bringing a modernist vision to tunes that resonate on a deeply emotional level with generations of moviegoers.

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