Bay Chamber Concerts brings the celebrated Boston-based chamber ensemble A Far Cry to Rockport Opera House Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. Embraced throughout the world with more than 300performances coast to coast and across the globe, five albums and a strong presence on the Internet, A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music.

Founded in 2007 by a tightly knit collective of young professional musicians, A Far Cry has developed an innovative structure of rotating leadership, both on stage and behind the scenes. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways in which music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry is forging a new spirit of collaboratively empowered music.

Recent collaborations include performances and recordings with cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Matt Haimovitz and Dmitry Kouzov; pianists Peter Serkin and Markus Schirmer; ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro; and guitarist Jason Vieaux. The acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer will join the ensemble as special guest at the Rockport Opera House, in a performance of the passionate Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” (1994). Among Golijov’s many career distinctions, he composed music for several Francis Ford Coppola films.

In addition, the evening’s program will include Hildegard von Bingen’s (1098-1179) “The Origin of Fire”; Mehmet Sanlikol’s (born 1974) “Vecd” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Heiliger Dankgesang” from the String Quartet Op. 132.

Tickets for all seats are $25, $10 for those younger than 21. To purchase, visit; call 236-2823; or stop by Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School offices, on the top floor of the Shepherd Block Building, 18 Central St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or