Orchestra returns from Europe, set to play local concerts

A Far Cry, a self-directed orchestra that rehearses in a storefront on South Street, recently returned from a European tour and has two upcoming local concerts.

“It was phenomenal,” Sarah Darling, A Far Cry violinist, said about the European tour.

The tour, which was A Far Cry’s fifth visit to Europe, lasted two weeks as the orchestra traveled throughout Austria performing. Darling said Europeans are “very serious about music” and have their own conception of what classical music is. But, she said, “We had an incredible reception wherever we played.”

Darling said the orchestra enjoyed the Europeans’ commitment to music. She said after concerts, A Far Cry always tells the audience to stay in contact with the orchestra and many European attendees did just that.

The orchestra will perform a program called “Fiddlers” Dec. 8 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1 Roanoke Ave. and Dec. 9 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The St. John’s performance will be free thanks to the Free for All Concert Fund, which is based in Boston and provides funds to guarantee the presentation of high-quality music, according to its website.

Darling said the “Fiddlers” program looks at traditional and ethnic fiddling music.

A Far Cry, which rehearses in the storefront at 146A South St. a week or two prior to a scheduled performance, also played at the Gardner Museum on Dec. 6. A Far Cry is the Gardner’s resident chamber orchestra.

For more information, visit afarcry.org.

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