A Far Cry to Celebrate ‘Melting Pot’ Music at Grafton Music Festival
A Far Cry, the talented and highly popular young chamber orchestra, will play at the White Church on 55 Main Street in Grafton, Vt., on Sunday, February 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. This innovative, conductor-less string orchestra’s program, called ‘Melting Pot,’ is a rich musical celebration of American music. As part of Grafton Music Festival’s effort to promote Grafton through music and the arts in the area, Liisa Kissel, Executive Director of the Grafton Music Festival, has invited A Far Cry performers the opportunity to stay in Grafton for their annual retreat. Kissel says: “For the last three years, it’s been a thrill to watch how these young musicians blend creativity with discipline. They will be going places.”
The group’s violist Sarah Darling said, “We engage in some of our most meaningful work of the season, that could only be accomplished in a place that brings us together and inspires us. We work through and finalize our set of concert programs for the following year; an intense process that demands everyone’s full participation and concentration. We arrive in Vermont with dozens of programs, and leave with one coherent and beautifully organized concert season. It’s incredibly fun, but not easy. “
By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been performed throughout the world, and has a powerful internet presence. The Criers rehearse at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain, Mass. and fulfill 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. Tickets are available at the Grafton Village Store, at Misty Valley Books in Chester, and online at brattleborotix.com. For information, call 802-843-2447 or visit afarcry.org.