A Far Cry

Chamber Orchestra with pianist Joel Fan

Tues | Feb 8, 2011 | 7:30pm

Founded just three years ago by 17 young musicians bent on making music according to their own rules, the self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry has enjoyed a quick ascent toward the highest ranks of the new generation of classical ensembles. “The Criers’” program for Newman Center Presents begins with Gabriela Lena Frank’s very entertaining “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout,” which explores her own roots (father from Brooklyn, mother from Peru) and the folk music and instruments of the remote Andes. Sensational pianist Joel Fan joins the Cries for Mozart’s 11th Piano Concerto. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s irreplaceable “Serenade for Strings,” the first movement of which Tchaikovsky wrote in imitation of Mozart’s style. Look for the Criers’ video blogs with excerpts from their rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the performance.

“A Far Cry has perfected a lush, sweet sound that is achingly alive and emotional.” – Strings Magazine

“Those works provided ample evidence of Mr. Fan’s probing intellect and vivid imagination, the Beethoven in particular sounding freshly conceived and full of character.” – The New York Times