Jamaica Plain Based Orchestra Didn’t Win Grammys, But Had a Great Time

A Far Cry orchestra didn't win either Grammy it was nominated for, but they certainly took it in stride, and offered an alternative future timeline in which they did win! Based out of Jamaica Plain, A Far Cry orchestra's engineer Tom Caulfield and mastering engineer Jesse Lewis were nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical for "Visions and Variations." The orchestra was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for "Visions and Variations." Formed in 2007, the orchestra has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Simone Dinnerstein, Roomful of Teeth, the Silk Road Ensemble, Vijay Iyer, David Krakauer and more. This was not the first Grammy nomination for the group, as A Far Cry’s Crier Records had a nominated album "Dreams and Prayers" in 2014.

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Eliot School and A Far Cry to Receive $300K Through Barr Klarman Arts Initiative

Two Jamaica Plain organizations, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts and A Far Cry, were recently selected to receive in the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between two Boston-based foundations - The Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation – for a $25 million, six-year investment in 29 arts and cultural organizations from across Massachusetts. Participating organizations receive flexible, multi-year operating support grants, in addition to training and technical assistance from TDC, a nonprofit consulting and research firm. Both the Eliot School's and A Far Cry's engagements in the initiative begin with two grants totaling $300,000 from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation over three years, an endorsement of the organizations' work inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. “We are honored to be chosen for this welcome initiative to strengthen the arts in Massachusetts.

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JP-Based Orchestra Nominated for Grammy

A Far Cry, a cutting-edge classical troupe based out of a South Street storefront, has been nominated for one of music's top awards. The orchestra's album with clarinetist David Krakauer, Dreams and Prayers, is up for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. The album of spiritual music draws from the mystic traditions within Christianity, Islam and Judaism. For more, visit the album's Web site.

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