Dreams and Prayers – A Far Cry To Play in Pawling

A Far Cry, an 17-member string orchestra, has been described by The New York Times as “brimming with personality.” Based in Boston, the group tours widely while maintaining strong roots in the city, notably as Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

The “Criers,” founded in 2007, are self-conducted and – except for the cellists – perform standing. Their repertoire ranges from Bach, Mozart, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky to Bartok, Piazolla, and Arvo Pärt. According to reviewers, their performance mixes “solemn and snappy” with “extroversion.”

The orchestra will present Dreams and Prayers, a program based on their Grammy-nominated album of the same name. An exploration of music as a connection between man and the divine, the program juxtaposed arrangement of the music of Hildegard von Bingen, (1098 -1179) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with works by contemporary composers Mehmet Ali Sanlikol (b. 1974) and Osvando Golijov (b. 1960). David Krakauer is the clarinet soloist. 

The program, which will be presented at Gardiner Theater at Trinity Pawling School, is sponsored by Brook Farm Veterinary Center.  Adult tickets are $30, students $15 and those 12 years and under are the guests of the Concert Series. Tickets may be purchased at the Book Cove in Pawling, at the door on the evening of the concert and at www.pawlingconcertseries.org, where driving directions are also available.  For more information call 845 855-3100

The Pawling Concert Series is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by a Decentralization Grant administrated by Arts Mid-Hudson. Generous annual underwriting is provided by M & T Bank, Joe Pietryka Incorporated, Castagna Realty, Andron Incorporated, Joseph Meunier & Sons, Arts Mid-Hudson and Dutchess Tourism.