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Hailed as "young, energetic, and finely polished" by the New York Times, Lunatics at Large is a dynamic New York City-based ensemble comprised of two winds, three strings, soprano voice, and piano. Formed in 2007, the group met at Mannes College of Music, where they collaborated on a year of intensive study and performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Madly inspired by Schoenberg's masterpiece and free from curricular restraints, Lunatics at Large later conspired to set forth into the world, commissioning and championing works written for the "Pierrot" ensemble while exploring the sonic and harmonic diversity of modern chamber music repertoire. Through thematic, interdisciplinary performances in ensemble formations ranging from solo to the full septet and beyond, the group juxtaposes established masterpieces of the 20th century against more recent works, making it possible for the audience member to journey from Debussy to Berio to a young, emerging composer in one evening. Lunatics at Large thus encourages listeners to hear similarities between works written decades apart and to consider recent compositions within the context of the evolution of classical music since 1900.


Mission
Katharine Dain
Jonathan Engle
Ben Ringer
Arthur Moeller
Jen Herman
Andrea Lee
Evi Jundt
Advisory Board