STAVE SESSIONS: Oracle Hysterical & musicians from A Far Cry

160 Mass Ave

Part band, part book club, Oracle Hysterical creates song cycles that double as art-rock concept albums, and vice versa. Inspired by sources from Greek tragedy to Grimm's fairy tales and misattributed Shakespeare plays, their concerts are a heady and satisfying mix of lustrous atmospherics and literary inspiration. 

The program features Hecuba, the narrative song cycle that unites Euripides’ tragedy of the grief-stricken and vengeful Queen of Troy with Baroque instrumentation and contemporary pop. The recording, out on the National Sawdust label last spring, was an Opera News Critic's Pick and was called "delightfully bonkers" by BBC Radio 3.

Musicians from Boston's own self-conducted chamber new music collective A Far Cry lend their talents and their adventurous spirit to a work that they commissioned: “The Sea,” inspired by an issue of the literary magazine Lapham’s Quarterly, and texts by seafarers, explorers, and aquatic fabulists.

Doors open 7:00pm / Shows start at 8:00pm

Prices, seating sections, and programs are subject to change.

160 Mass Ave

160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Stave Sessions is sponsored by:
MARGARET EAGLE & ELI RAPAPORT, SUSAN & MICHAEL THONIS, and the BARR FOUNDATION through its ArtsAmplified initiative.

Additional support provided by Michael & Debra Raizman, Yukiko Ueno & Eran Egozy, Randolph Hawthorne & Carliss Baldwin, and Marylen Sternweiler.

This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds with generous leadership support from Peter & Anna Kolchinsky and Cerise Lim Jacobs, for Charles. Additional support provided by Kathleen & Chris GaffneyMarylen Sternweiler, and Samuel & Gretchen Shubrooks.