Elena Ruehr’s Premieres previewed by the Globe

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by David Weininger of the Boston Globe

Roomful of Teeth will premiere Ruehr’s Opera on Nov. 21 at MIT.

…“Cassandra in the Temples” came about in a more roundabout way last year. Henderson, a Mellon postdoctoral researcher at MIT, introduced herself to Ruehr at an MIT composers forum and proposed a collaboration. Ruehr was fascinated by Henderson’s writing, which includes a novel, poetry, and essays. During a series of meetings, they brainstormed an idea for an opera about the mythical figure of Cassandra. They were also intrigued by the idea of a “bodily” opera — one that would be performed a cappella, and danced as well as sung.


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Elena Ruehr’s November includes Three Premieres

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by Keith Powers
…Two of them take place in Boston: a performance of “Eve” by the Cantata Singers at Jordan Hall Nov. 8, and her a cappella opera “Cassandra in the Temples” Nov. 21, sung by the adventurous vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. A third premiere, a chamber setting entitled “It’s About Time,” debuts Nov. 16 and will be performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players as part of their ambitious year-long Project TenFourteen….



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Sarah Cahill Interview on WMBR

cahillPianist Sarah Cahill will be interviewed live on 88.1 FM WMBR’s New Edge Program on November 11 at 3pm.

Cahill will perform a recital in Killian Hall.

Nov 16 | Sun | Visiting Artist: Pianist Sarah Cahill, new music champion in a solo concert featuring works from her recent CD A Sweeter Music, including Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another, on NPR Music’s top 100 songs for 2013, Evan Ziporyn’s Fragrant Forest from Pondok, and works by Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Meredith Monk, and Phil Kline.  4pm, Killian Hall.  Free.

Bay area pianist, writer and producer Sarah Cahill has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, and Evan Ziporyn.  She has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Ingram Marshall, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and others. Cahill has researched and recorded music by the important early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists and scholars to prepare scores for performance. Recent appearances include a concert at San Quentin of the music Henry Cowell wrote while incarcerated there, Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto with Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival.

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MIT Chamber Music Students Develop Roadmap


This semester, Kyle Swanson, flute; Kelsey Chan, clarinet, and Christine Zheng, piano, coached by Jean Rife in the Chamber Music Society are studying Dash, a piece by Jennifer Higdon.  They analyzed the piece and created the roadmap shown on these images and  will perform it in December in a concert series in Killian Hall along with other ensembles in the Chamber Music Society.

Many of Jennifer Higdon’s pieces are considered neo-romantic and tend to use octatonic scales. They display a freedom of form, intense dynamic changes and dense textures. Although Higdon’s pieces are mostly tonal, some atonality is still present.  Her musical style is said to emphasize interesting color combinations.

Dash. Roadmap

Jennifer Higdon is an American composer who has received many awards including a Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Violin Concerto which premiered in 2009, a Guggenheim, a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto, two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP.

A flutist, Higdon earned an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with David Loeb. She then obtained a master’s and a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Pennsylvania under the tutelage of George Crumb.

Higdon teaches composition at the Curtis Institute where she holds the Milton L. Rock Chair in Compositional Studies. She has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Philadelphia and Fort Worth Symphony orchestras and has  also received commissions from others, including the Cleveland, Chicago, Atlanta, National,  Minnesota,  Indianapolis, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras.

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William Cutter’s Brahms Requiem with TFC reviewed

“The heroes of the evening were the members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, prepared by Bill Cutter, who sang with crystalline diction and a tender emotional touch.” – READ MORE… 

“In place of titulaire John Oliver, Bill Cutter prepared the Tanglewood Festival Chorus to exacting standards.” – READ MORE…




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Pianist David Deveau is in Japan

Performing with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman at Munetsugu Hall, Nagoya, Japan

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Mark Harvey and Aardvark on the Artery

Read story on WBUR’s The Artery

Mark Harvey and The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Photo by Kathy Matson

Mark Harvey and The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Photo by Kathy Matson

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Prof. Patricia Tang’s research on Aby Ngana Diop

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Patricia Tang,  Associate Professor of Music contributed to the re-release of a recording by Senegalese griot Aby Ngana Diop referenced in this Vogue article.  The recording was also reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine.

The CD release is part of Brian Shimkovitz’s Awesome Tapes from Africa project to catalogue and re-release cassette-based music from Africa.

“…Professor at MIT, Patricia Tang, had done research on Aby’s music and written a book about Senegalese drumming. She connected me with some of Aby’s family members living in Vermont, of all places, who, after about a year, were able to get me in touch with Aby’s eldest daughter in Dakar. With the help of Aby’s grandson Lamine Diop, who is a college student, we made arrangements to release her album for the first time outside Senegal. Professor Tang wrote wonderful liner notes for the CD so we can finally share more about Aby with the world, and let everyone know why she stands out in a country filled with renowned artists..”   MORE

HERE is the Rolling Stone Magazine review.

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Evan Ziporyn featured in Boston Globe

Classical Notes

Ziporyn celebrates stylistic synthesis with MIT concert series

 By David Weininger

 | Globe Correspondent   September 11, 2014
Evan Ziporyn’s concert next Tuesday at MIT celebrates his “20,000th day on earth.” At first glance you might think that Ziporyn, a musically omnivorous composer, clarinetist, and gamelanist, is trying to jump the bandwagon of the similarly titled Nick Cave pseudo-documentary, which opens three days after the concert.
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MIT Women’s Chorale, welcomes new singers

MIT Women’s Chorale, welcoming new singers
Time: 7:15p–9:30pm,  Wednesdays, starting Sept 10 ( except our second rehearsal ONLY will be on a Thursday, Sept 18)
Location: 10-340
The Chorale welcomes women from throughout the MIT community as we prepare for our December 6th holiday concert, which will include a spirited mass by Michael Haydn, music of Bach and Giordano, a Hannukah piece written especially for us by our music director, Kevin Galie, and an amusing piece by a local musician who is an MIT alum.

New members may join at any of the first three rehearsals, Sept 10, 18, or  24. No audition is required, although new members are encouraged to come at 7 pm on their first night so that we may place you into the appropriate vocal part with a simple range check.  For further information please see our website:


For more information, contact:
Sis de Bordenave

Photo: Sara Nelson

seeking new voices
Meridian Singers, directed by Todd Beckham, an a cappella concert chorus open to all in the MIT community, is seeking new members for our fall season, singing music from medieval times to present day.
Rehearsals: noon to 1 PM Tuesdays, beginning September 9, 2014. Most rehearsals, beyond the first two of the season, will be in room 13-1143.

Prospective singers should contact us to make arrangements to meet with our conductor and learn the location of the first two rehearsals by contacting us at:


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