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Listening Lab featuring A Far Cry

February 28, 2024

Experience an innovative free musical evening at MAAM with A Far Cry, offered in connection with the museum’s evening event series, Twilight at MAAM. Enjoy live music up close and personal, creative conversation, and seasonal mocktails. 

On Wednesday, February 28, the self-conducted, Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry will facilitate a musical encounter far from the traditional concert hall.  Listening Lab is an intentional space where listeners are encouraged to be full participants in the music. Engage in play. Process your responses. Take absolute pleasure in the sonic bath. And practice new ways of listening to music, ourselves, and each other.    

The event will feature A Prayer for Peace, a newly commissioned work by dynamic Korean-American composer Jungyoon Wie, which explores the nuanced themes of her own immigration story. Held in connection with MAAM’s current exhibition, The Myth of Normal: A Celebration of Authentic Expression, the evening will foster dialog through looking and listening, opening up expectations around what is “normal,” and how we can connect across difference through art.

Participants of all ages will be invited to explore new ways of listening: to music, to ourselves, and to our communities.

About Twilight at MAAM

A recurring program series, Twilight at MAAM is an unexpected and special evening at the museum. Twilight events include some form of participatory experience (hands-on studio activity, gallery game, conversational pop-up talk, etc); music, live or otherwise; and a seasonal mocktail or specialty drink. 

This combination of active and participatory experiences and multisensory stimulation allows for connection with the arts, friends, and community - in new ways - and fosters fun and accessible museum moments. 

About A Far Cry 

A Far Cry’s mission is to ignite a love for music and utilize its power to bring people together locally and across the globe. The ensemble delivers riveting performances with daring energy and commitment through their unique model of collective leadership, bringing music to life in innovative ways. Sharing this experience of unconventional music-making is their way of inspiring the world to listen.

Called a “world-wide phenomenon” by Boston’s WBUR, A Far Cry has nurtured a distinct approach to music-making since its founding in 2007. The self-conducted orchestra is a democracy in which decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players (“Criers”). This structure has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative programming — and impactful collaborations with celebrated performers and composers. A Far Cry has risen to the top of Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, been named Boston’s best classical ensemble by the “Improper Bostonian,” and celebrated two Grammy nominations for its Visions and Variations. Boston Musical Intelligencer sums up the group: “This conductor-free ensemble has earned and sustained a reputation for top-drawer playing, engrossing programming, and outstanding guest artists.”


Gallery stool seating will be limited for this event. Those wishing to secure a seat are encouraged to arrive early.


Ticketing Notice

This event is free with advance registration. MAAM may accommodate unregistered walk-up guests on the evening of this event only as capacity allows; walk-up tickets on the evening of the event are not guaranteed. Evening events often sell out; plan ahead and register in advance.


Documentation Notice  

Photos and/or videos will be taken at this event. By attending this event, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and that those photos and videos may be used by MassArt and A Far Cry in connection with MassArt , MassArt Art Museum, and A Far Cry communications. If you do not agree with this usage, please notify a staff member upon arrival to receive a no-photo sticker. 



MassArt Art Museum and A Far Cry are committed to creating a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment during in-person and virtual programs and events. To request an access or disability-related accommodation, please contact MassArt Art Museum at at least two weeks before the date of the event. 




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