J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti are wildly popular with audiences new and familiar to chamber music. The music elicits happiness and an exuberant joy and opens A Far Cry’s highly anticipated return to the Newport Music Festival. Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3 has earned an honored place in string orchestra repertoire. Tension and resolution are at play here in a rhythmic structure that captures listeners and inspires hope and joy. The second half of the evening begins with Divertimento for Strings by Bela Bartók. Despite its creation as the Second World War broke out across Europe, the Divertimento is unusually buoyant and light-hearted, leaving listeners delighted and joyful. Finishing the program, Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae presents competing sensibilities – light, lilting sounds that emerge from the somber tones of shadow and darkness. This is contemporary chamber music at its most inspiring and invigorating.