GRAFTON -- A Far Cry, the talented and popular young chamber orchestra from Boston, will play at the White Church (55 Main St.) in Grafton on Sunday, 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, written as he was first experiencing the New World.
As part of Grafton Music Festival’s effort to promote Grafton through music and the arts in the area, Liisa Kissel, executive director of the Grafton Music Festival, has invited A Far Cry performers the opportunity to stay in Grafton for their annual retreat.
A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians and since the beginning has fostered those personalities, developing an innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. The Criers call Boston home and maintain strong roots in the city, rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain and fulfilling the role of Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.