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Click above to buy an $11 ticket to the January 29 performance at 8 p.m. at Jordan Hall. Buy here for the April 2 performance at 8 p.m. ($25 value)
Feast your eyes and ears on a stringed revolution with today's deal: for $11, you get a ticket to see A Far Cry, a heptadectecimal chamber orchestra that is shaking up the age-old orchestral model in ways that would make Queen Anne blush with contempt. Choose from one of two Jordan Hall performances with the links above: January 29 or April 2, both at 8 p.m. Each show follows a different theme, meaning you can get tickets to both without feeling creepy.
If you choose to attend the January 29 performance, you will be privy to "The Lover" theme. The group will be performing pieces by Ginastera, Wolf, and one of Tchaikovsky's finest works, Souvenir de Florence. This show is two weeks before Valentine’s Day, making it the perfect chance to get Cupid's ball rolling. The theme of the April 2 concert is "The Poet." It features works from the World Wars and a series of jazz standards in between. Lending her pipes to the sound of music will be renowned vocalist Dominique Eade.
Composed of young professional musicians, this mythological group of immortal pluckers and bowers take an innovative approach to their performances. The ensemble plays without the direction of a conductor, relying on synergy and telepathic communication to keep their instruments in sync. A Far Cry is as graceful as a string quartet of black swans, while retaining the bombastic refinement generally reserved for an entire orchestra.
- [The Criers] have forged a group sound that is both tightly unified but also flexible and nuanced, cohesive yet without any sense of forced unanimity. In moments of [Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances] that called for earthy folk-style fiddling the players dug into the strings as soloists might but still retained an integrated group sound. And it seems relevant to report that the musicians appeared to be having a ball on stage, smiles darting between sections like 16th notes. – Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe
- At times [Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 1] piece acts like an ordinary Baroque concerto, but before long the human exterior falls away, replaced by something eerie and disturbing. Dark, atonal harmonies pile up, a tango breaks out in the harpsichord, and the music builds to fever pitches of intensity. At the end the music seems to collapse under the weight of its metamorphoses, leaving only the bleak fragments of its former self. It is hard to imagine a more brilliant reading than the one A Far Cry offered. Full of energy, it navigated Schnittke’s line between chaos and order with absolute confidence. – David Weininger, Boston Globe