2013 Tech Night at Pops on Thursday, June 6 at Symphony Hall will feature two John Harbison compositions and student jazz musicians and faculty from MIT Music and Theater Arts
The 2013 Tech Night at Pops concert will showcase the MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble and members of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble: Dylan Sherry, G, (tenor saxophone), Max Maybury ’15 (soprano saxophone), Ariel Wexler ’13 (trumpet), and Otto Briner ’15, (percussion). In addition, the MIT Faculty Jazz Combo, a.k.a. Strength in Numbers, comprised of John Harbison (piano), Mark Harvey (trumpet), Frederick Harris (drums), and Keala Kaumeheiwa (bass) will perform with the students.
John Harbison’s Rhumba for Rafael Reif, premiered at President Reif’s inauguration in the fall, will be performed this time by the MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, members of the Festival Jazz Ensemble and the MIT Faculty Jazz Combo (Strength in Numbers). In addition, Harbison’s “In Praise of MIT,” premiered at MIT’s 150th Convocation in 2011, will be now performed with the Pops orchestra in a new orchestral arrangement by the composer.
Harbison explains, In praise of MIT is an arrangement of the MIT school song for vocal jazz choir, jazz combo, and full orchestra; a grandiose, outsize, loony expansion of a very modest enterprise? I certainly hope so. We are very much looking forward to our collaboration with the BSO on June 6.”
It is a formidable closing event for the 50th Anniversary of Jazz at MIT festivities. The students are very excited about the opportunity to perform at Symphony Hall with the Pops. In the words of Otto Briner ’15, “It’s awesome… surreal!”