Thursday January 17, 2013

GRAFTON -- The internationally-acclaimed, Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry will perform a program of classical string compositions at the White Church in Grafton on Sunday at 3 p.m. This is the second time A Far Cry has been presented by the Grafton Music Festival, due to how well-received the group was in 2011.

Now in its sixth season, A Far Cry consists of 18 string players, with the average age around 30, performing without a conductor and with rotating leadership. The orchestra is based in Boston and many of the members are graduates of the New England Conservatory.

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 and a powerful presence on the internet. The group recently concluded its debut European tour.

The program in Grafton will include "Battalia a 10" by Biber; "Fratres" by Part; "Last Round" by Golijov; and, Sonata for Strings by Walton.

Jesse Irons, a violinist in A Far Cry, describes the program as a "mixture of some of the greatest hits of our first six years, capped off by a relatively new discovery of ours, the Walton Sonata, which is an intensely emotional and layered work that has completely won us over."

The White Church in Grafton, on Main Street, is known for its excellent acoustics.

General admission tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and are available at Grafton Grocery Market in Grafton, Misty Valley Books in Chester; and through brattleborotix.com.

More information is available on Afarcry.org and at 802-843-2447.