GRAFTON -- A Far Cry, the young chamber orchestra from Boston, will play at the White Church (55 Main St.) in Grafton on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. This is a program presented by the not-for-profit Grafton Music Festival.

The innovative, conductor-less string orchestra will perform a program called "Melting Pot," a rich musical celebration of the diverse American experience that explores the question: what is American music? A bold suite of Old-World inspired "new immigrant" music from the streets of Brooklyn by Ljova Zhurbin rubs shoulders with a double concerto by Kip Jones that brings the American fiddling tradition into the 20th century. Rounding out the program is a hymn by Charles Ives and a new arrangement of Antonin Dvorak’s "American" quintet arranged for an orchestra.

As part of Grafton Music Festival’s effort to promote the area, Liisa Kissel, executive director of the Grafton Music Festival, invited A Far Cry performers to stay in Grafton for their annual retreat. Tickets are available at the Grafton Village Store, at Misty Valley Books in Chester, and at For more information call 802-843-2447 or visit