The Callie Crossley Show

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Thu., 4/12/12
A Far Cry

  A Far Cry
The classical music scene in Boston is booming. Any given night you can hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Baroque music, cutting-edge avante garde music, pick-up community orchestras, and solo shows in intimate club settings. 

If you wander down South Street in Jamaica Plain you'll catch a small orchestra in an unassuming storefront, rehearsing for their next show, broadcasting - unplugged - to the surrounding neighborhood. The orchestra is A Far Cry, and they've been part of the Boston music scene for five years. They play music that's never been heard or recorded, they re-envision classical music masterworks with fresh interpretations, and they seek out collaborations with indie bands.

In 2009, A Far Cry became the orchestra-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Today, we talk with two Criers about the classical music scene in Boston, and how their group is upending - and paying homage to - the classical music world.

Live from Fraser for 9/11: A Far Cry performs Golijov from WGBH Classical New England on Vimeo.


GUESTS:
  Sarah Darling plays viola in A Far Cry, which she joined at the end of the group's first season.
  Annie Rabbat plays violin in A Far Cry.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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