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A fresh take on "blockbuster" works by Mozart (arr. Wood), Prokofiev, and Britten by the self-conducted GRAMMY-nominated orchestra.
A fresh take on "blockbuster" works by Mozart (arr. Wood), Prokofiev, and Britten by the self-conducted GRAMMY-nominated orchestra.
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Who Are We?

A Far Cry is a small orchestra based in Boston, making waves nationwide. Started by a group of musicians ten years ago, the Criers aimed to answer a simple question: What if we could make an orchestra that operated and felt like a string quartet? With no conductor, and every single musician a full artistic partner, the result is a huge variety of programming, a high standard of excellence, and national and international recognition that the Criers are demonstrating the future of classical music.

What Are We Doing?

We're making an album! A new release from A Far Cry is a major event. In fact, our previous full-length "concept album" was funded on Kickstarter and went on to be nominated for a GRAMMY award. We couldn't be more excited for the follow-up. Visions and Variations includes some of our signature pieces, and besides sounding really, really great, they make a deeper statement about the nature of collaboration, A Far Cry, and humanity.

  • Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
  • Ethan Wood / W.A. Mozart: Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives

Britten's set of variations sits high in the pantheon of all-time great string orchestra works. Each variation explores a different aspect of Britten's teacher Frank Bridge, and the variety and sheer creativity of the music always leaves audiences asking us, "when are you going to record that?" The answer is: NOW!

When we asked Ethan Wood to arrange a simple set of Mozart variations on the theme we know as "Twinkle Twinkle," we never imagined the explosion of color, boldness, and humor that would result. Ethan's vision invites Mozart into a madcap world full of compositional and instrumental virtuosity, a place we're sure twenty-first century Wolfgang would have felt right at home. We are proud to now bring this piece to more listeners with this world premiere recording.

Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives were originally character sketches for solo piano, and A Far Cry's performances of the 15 Visions arranged by Barshai have become audience favorites. Here A Far Cry completes the set, adding the final 5 Visions, arranged by Criers, for a world premiere string orchestra recording of all 20.

Going Deeper

Our incredible team of performers and composers is joined by the multiple-GRAMMY-award-winning producer Jesse Lewis, and we are thrilled to be working together. This project has been in the works for three years now, and we have pooled our energy and resources to make this a lasting project. We invite you to join us!

Visions and Variations will also offer new ways for our audience to go deeper inside the music. Along with the album, we will make additional behind-the-scenes media available, such as video interviews with the players and producer, recording footage and photos, and sneak-peaks into the composer’s creative process.

We have a vision and a plan. All of the pieces are in place. Help us bring this important music to everyone.

But Wait... There's More

We've had a leadership donor step forward to offer an unprecedented challenge in order to support both Visions and Variations as well as to support the limitless artistic potential of A Far Cry as it continues to trailblaze into its second decade. Once this fund drive meets its goal of $25,000, every dollar we raise above and beyond the goal will be matched dollar-for-dollar by this donor, up to a total of $20,000. 

In other words, when your amazing support allows us to blow past that $25,000 goal and raise a cool $45,000 through Kickstarter in this campaign, the entire above-and-beyond amount ($20,000) will be matched, putting a grand total of $65,000 to work bringing A Far Cry's incredible spirit and music-making to more and more people. 

We can't thank you enough for being a part of this. Let's make it happen!

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks associated with this project. It's already recorded, and simply awaits funding for musician expenses, post-production, marketing, and PR. Forming a unified final product can be challenging for a group of our size, but we have a system of team-leadership in place to make sure that every musician's voice has the chance to be heard and to shape the final result, while still staying on course and keeping the whole group's vision in mind.

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    Our amazing Executive Director also makes the most awe-inducing rosemary butter cookies out there. A package of these plus a CD could be coming your way!

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    Can Loewi bake scones? Can he! These beauties are made of butter, berries, and flakes of complete and utter happiness. They'll come packaged with a CD, and we bet they'll be gone by the time you finish listening!

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    Get a playlist from one of the Criers in your inbox every month for a year! There will be plenty of classical in there, but also plenty of everything else. Each one of us has our own unique taste, and adores sharing the things that we've found to love.

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    One of the Criers, Sarah Darling, is a little nutty about tea. She'll put together a tasting package of some of her favorites (brief consultation included if you wish) - and you sit back with your trusty teacup and enjoy!

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    Crier Karl Doty roasts up a mean "hill of beans" at home! You pick your favorite pound of green beans (look 'em up at coffeebeancorral.com), and he'll do the rest!

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    Crier Erik Higgins makes an amazing 5-pound loaf of sourdough bread goodness. It will make the best toast that you can imagine - and also freezes beautifully. This reward only works for Boston-area recipients; you will want it to be absolutely fresh!

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    Experiencing Alex's family paella recipe is like going on a treasure hunt where everything is too tasty for words. Alex will share the recipe and walk you through the details of it on the phone or in person, and then... you'll be the master!

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    Liesl's Fiddle Set

    Did you know one of the Criers is the Four-Time Governor's Cup Fiddle Champion of Indiana and was a repeat guest at the Grand Ole Opry?! We had to dig into the archives for these rare gems: a set of three fiddle albums by Liesl Schoenberger Doty - two recorded in Nashville and produced by legendary fiddler, Buddy Spicher. Classic Fiddle, Amazing Grace: A Fiddler's Touch, and Say Old Man.

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    Come take in one of our open rehearsals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum next fall and then share your impressions with one (or more!) of the Criers over lunch in their fantastic cafe! (Cost of lunch not included)

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    Fast-forward to the end of Season 11; you and someone great are sitting in a pair of premium seats in Jordan Hall, about to hear the Mozart and Britten variations on our season closer! Afterwards, you'll hang out with the Criers at our post-concert event and talk about how it was similar, yet different, from the recording that you'll probably know very well by that point. Live performance always switches things up a little. Sound fun?

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    Crier Jason Fisher has... a thing for Scotch, and by "thing" we mean "a deep and abiding love and a deep knowledge." He'll host a tasting evening for up to two people ($250 represents $125 each - find a buddy!) of rare self-imported single-barrel whiskies, and it will be delicious and unforgettable.

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    Everybody knows it tastes better if it was made in Vermont! Resident VT-er Jesse Irons will prove it in this delicious session that features several VT delectables, washed down with a couple hand-picked brews. Intended for a party of 2, can be a little flexible!

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    AFC Album Library

    A complete collection of A Far Cry's discography - from our GRAMMY nominated "Dreams and Prayers" to our edgy and energetic "Law of Mosaics" - find the complete list here and expect a couple extras from the Criers' other projects! http://afarcry.org/all-recordings/

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    Private "Ciaconna" concert

    Crier Robyn Bollinger is working on a very exciting solo project that features a performance of four iconic chaconnes throughout time (Biber, Bach, Bartok, Berio). We've seen this unfold in a living room; it's utterly riveting, and also involves a lot of fascinating history that Robyn talks through. This could be happening in your house!

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