This Grammy-nominated string orchestra is self-conducted, and since its founding in 2007 that independent spirit has come through loud and clear in the group’s creative programming. Take December’s AFC Challenge, a night of avant-garde works arranged by degree of difficulty and dissonance, or April’s In House program, featuring original compositions inspired by the art and architecture of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where A Far Cry is chamber-orchestra-in-residence. The Criers also have their own label that launched in 2014—keep an ear out for their latest album, Visions and Variations, set to drop this fall.
Radius doesn’t play it safe. For its 2015-16 subscription series at the Longy School of Music, the chamber ensemble commissioned a new work for each concert, from a trio by Pulitzer winner John Harbison to Eun Young Lee’s *12*, a zodiac-inspired piece that invited audience participation via smartphone...
Call it classical gone casual. This 3-year-old orchestra performs on the same level as the audience...