3 | Wed | CAST (21M380) Music and Technology Seminar Series presents composer/performers Hauschka and Pamela Z, discussing their work combining classical instruments with technology in live performance. Hauschka integrates prepared piano w/electronics; his recent duo CD with Hilary Hahn was featured on NPR. Pamela Z combines her classically trained voice w/live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
3 | Wed | AMP Emerson Fellow Student Recital. Abhishek Sarkar, piano. Bartók, Piano Sonata, BB 88; Scriabin, Piano Sonata No. 9 “Black Mass,” Opus 68; Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Opus 111. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
3 | Wed | Improvisation and Electronics with Neil Leonard and Robin Eubanks. Neil Leonard is a sound artist/composer/saxophonist. His work includes jazz performance, composition for orchestra with computer-generated video/sound, sound/music for dance, theater, installation, film and collaborations with visual artists featured at MoMA, the Whitney Biennial, the Havana Biennial, and the Cuban Pavilion of the Venice Biennial (forthcoming). Robin Eubanks is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation and a prolific composer/arranger whose work has been featured with his own groups and in association with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, and the M-Base Collective. Leonard and Eubanks will perform solo works from their repertoires and new duo compositions written for this concert. Their work creates a discourse that explores the implications of emerging technologies and their impact on jazz improvisation. Presented in conjunction with the subject “Musical Improvisation” and made possible by Music and Theater Arts and the Alumni Class Funds Program. 8pm, Killian Hall. Free.
4-6 | Thu-Sat | Dramashop and MIT Theater Arts present Elektra based on the play by Euripides. Adapted and directed by Jay Scheib. In a world where violence begets violence in one endless spiral, Elektra bides her time in exile from the palace knowing that one day her brother Orestes will return. And when he does, the bloodbath that ensues will take the whole family with it. A contemporary study on revenge through the lens of a classical Greek tragedy. Kresge Little Theater. http://dramashop.mit.edu
5 | Fri | Emerson Scholar Student Recital. Emily Su ‘13, flute, in a program featuring
J.S. Bach, Sonata in G minor BWV 1020; Emily Su, Silvery Grey; John La Montaine, Sonata; Reinecke, Ballade; Charles Shadle, I Put a Cross in the Tree; Henri Dutilleux, Sonatine. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
5 | Fri | Emerson Scholar Student Recital. Daniel Zhang ‘15, violin in a program including Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 and J.S. Bach, Partita No. 3 in E major. 5pm, Killian Hall. Free.
5 | Fri | CAST Marathon Concert. The four-hour concert features renowned guest artists Hauschka, Pamela Z., and Dewa Alit performing solo works and with MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika, led by Evan Ziporyn, the Glass Lab Orchestra, and Rambax MIT, led by Lamine Touré. Traversing the spectrum of contemporary musical practice, the marathon will conclude with a new version of Terry Riley’s anthemic in C, featuring Senegalese drums, original glass instruments, electronics, and western instruments. 7pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: Gen: $20, Students: $10, MIT students, faculty and staff: free. Tickets: http://mit-cast-marathon-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
6 | Sat | Boston Chamber Music Society. Marcus Thompson, Artistic Director. Beethoven, Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola; Ives, Piano Trio; Dahl, Divertimento for Viola and Piano; Diamond, Quintet in Bm for Flute, Strings, and Piano. 3pm, pre-concert talk Marvelous Mirth and Pastimes by Charles Shadle. 4pm, concert, Kresge Auditorium. Gen: $35; WGBH & senior citizens: $32; Stud. $10; MIT students w/ID: Free; MIT faculty and staff: 20% off. www.bostonchambermusic.org/
10 | Wed | CAST Music and Technology Seminar Series presents Tristan Perich. Perich’s work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics, and code. 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed in assembly language to synthesize his electronic composition live. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
10 | Wed | MTA Composer Forums presents Forrest Larson, composer, violist and electronic musician. He has composed both instrumental and electronic music. His work includes both strictly composed music and live improvised electronic music. Instrumental works include music for string orchestra, string quartet, as well as pieces for unaccompanied violin, viola, and cello. He has had a life-long love of old pre-digital analog electronic instruments, and of collecting “found sounds” from both natural as well as urban landscapes. Some of his works combine electronic sounds and live acoustic instruments such as cello, flute and tuba. Seabird Fantasy, commissioned by the MIT Wind Ensemble (2007), incorporates sounds of Eastern seabirds with winds and percussion. Other work includes electronic scores for abstract films by Kate Matson and for solo dancer. 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109. Free. A reception follows.
11-13 | Thu-Sat | Dramashop and MIT Theater Arts present Elektra, based on the play by Euripides, adapted and directed by Jay Scheib. In a world where violence begets violence in one endless spiral, Elektra bides her time in exile from the palace knowing that one day her brother Orestes will return. And when he does, the bloodbath that ensues will take the whole family with it. A contemporary study on revenge through the lens of a classical Greek tragedy. Chills and Thrills. Kresge Little Theater. http://dramashop.mit.edu/season/elektra/
12 | Fri | Emerson Scholar Joint Student Recital. Dylan Sherry (G), saxophone; Peter Godart ‘15, piano; Adrian Grossman ‘14, electric bass. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
12 | Fri | AMP Emerson Fellow Student Recital. Eleanor Bors, cello. Faure, Sonata for violoncello and piano in D minor, Opus. 109; Crumb, Sonata for violoncello; Beethoven, Sonata for violoncello and piano in C major, Opus 102 No. 1. 5pm, Killian Hall. Free.
12 | Fri | Campus Preview concert and FAQ session about Music at MIT with Frederick Harris, Music Director of MIT Wind and Festival Jazz Ensembles. 7pm Q & A; 7:30pm Concert. Music of Bach performed by clarinets and saxophones of the MIT Wind Ensemble. MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble performs music of Chick Corea, Ellington, Guillermo Klein, and student composers. Killian Hall. Free.
13 | Sat | MIT Chamber Chorus. William Cutter, Music Director. With the MIT Grand Canonical Ensemble. Music of Baroque Masters: Bach, Mass in F Major; Handel, Funeral music for Queen Caroline. 8pm, Chapel. Free.
13 | Sat | Music and Technology Performance. Bleep Blop is an ensemble dedicated to the merging of acoustic performers with live electronics. Bleep Blop collaborates with sound designers, artists and composers to develop new music. The program will feature works for electronically manipulated piano, analog synthesis, the Kronos Quartet Drum Machine, dynamically looped mbira, live video and more and will include: Six for solo piano and dynamic loopers; Two for soloist performing 8 simultaneous film scores; Bounce and Wonderland for synthesizer and the Kronos Quartet Drum Machine; Artifice for solo piano and iPad controlled effects. 8pm Killian. Free.
14 | Sun | Ran Blake, a book signing and Q & A with composer, pianist, improviser and educator Ran Blake. 2-3:30pm, Killian Hall. Free. Funded in part by the MIT Council for the Arts and Music and Theater Arts.
14 | Sun | MITHAS presents Sikkil Gurucharan, Carnatic vocal. 4pm, Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Stata Center. For tickets and information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 258-7971. web.mit.edu/mithas/www/concerts.html
17 | Wed | CAST Music and Technology Seminar Series presents Trimpin. His computer-driven musical contraptions defy the constraints of traditional instruments. Combining digital technology with everyday salvaged materials, Trimpin has invented ways of playing everything from giant marimbas to a 60-foot stack of guitars using MIDI commands. Inspired by the junkyard, the museum and the concert hall, he creates instruments from found materials. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
17 | Wed | AMP Emerson Fellow Student Recital. Stanislav Tsitkov, clarinet. Stravinsky, Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet; Brahms, Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Opus 120; André Messager, Solo de Concours for Clarinet and Piano. 5pm, Killian Hall. Free.
19 | Fri | Piano Recital by Alan Feinberg, Guest Pianist in Residence and American music specialist. The program will feature music of John Bull, Charles Wuorinen, Robert Helps, and Chopin. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Free. POSTPONED
20 | Sat | Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrate their 40th Season and the 50th year of Jazz at MIT with Echoes & Resonance. The program will include original works by Harvey including Saxophrenia for Joe Lovano and the FJE saxophone section, selections from Beyond, for Herb Pomeroy and MITWE, JB’s Dreamtime for Jaki Byard and Aardvark, and the ballad Moon Mist by Mercer Ellington, who was a visiting lecturer at MIT. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Free.
21 | Sun | MITHAS presents Leela Samson and Bragha Bessell, Bharatanatyam Dance. 4pm, Keefe Auditorium. (Framingham). For tickets and information, contact email@example.com or (617) 258-7971, or visit web.mit.edu/mithas/www/concerts.html
24 | Wed | AMP Emerson Fellow Student Recital. John Bowler, piano. Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2; Liszt, Spanish Rhapsody; Harbison, Four Occasional Pieces; Stravinsky, three movements from Petrushka. 5pm, Killian Hall. Free.
24 | Wed | IT’S ALIVE!!! staged play readings featuring students, professional actors, and faculty presents Kurt Weill’s Happy End, a musical comedy, directed by Kim Mancuso. 7pm, Killian Hall. Free
25 | Thu | Opening of the Herb Pomeroy/ MIT Jazz@50 Exhibit. 3-5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.
26 | Fri | Emerson Scholar Student Recital. Elizabeth George (G), soprano. Barber, Hermit Songs; Schubert, Shepherd on the Rock; Debussy, Ariettes Oubliées; Puccini, O mio babbino caro. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
26 | Fri | AMP Emerson Fellow Student Recital. Ryan Liu, piano. Mozart, Sonata No. 12 in F major; Scriabin, Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor; Rachmaninoff, Three Pieces. 5pm, Killian Hall. Free.
26 | Fri | Panel presentations for the 50th Anniversary of the MIT Jazz Program.
4-5pm, Jazz at MIT: Excellence, Spirit, and Community, A Historical Perspective of Jazz at MIT. Former band members from all decades share memories. Moderated by Richard Orr.
5-6:30pm, Herb Pomeroy’s Boston: Big Bands, Berklee, and the Bridge to MIT. Presentation by Richard Vacca, author of The Boston Jazz Chronicles, with guest panel: Ray Santisi, Fred Bouchard, David Bondelevitch, ’85, and John Harbison. Moderated by Mark Harvey. Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Bldg., Vassar and Main Sts.
26 | Fri | MIT Chamber Chorus. William Cutter, Music Director, with the Grand Canonical Ensemble. Music of Baroque Masters: Bach, Mass in F Major; Handel, Funeral music for Queen Caroline. 8pm, Chapel. Free.
27 | Sat | Emerson Scholar Student Recital. George T. Cheng ‘14, violin. Brahms, Violin Concerto in D minor; Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.
Sat | 27 | 50th Anniversary Gala Concert / 6th Annual Herb Pomeroy Memorial Concert. MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., music director, MIT Alumni Jazz Band, MIT CMS Jazz Combo, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and guest pianist Steve Kuhn. Featuring the world premiere of From Forever, Suite for Big Band, a piece by Chick Corea dedicated to Herb Pomeroy and written for this occasion. 6:30pm, Pre-concert talk: 50 Years of Jazz Through the Lenses of Directors and Faculty: Everett Longstreth, Jamshied Sharifi, Jim O’Dell, Fred Harris, John Harbison, and Keala Kaumeheiwa. Moderated by Mark Harvey. 7:30pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: Free in advance and $5 at the door. Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.
27 | Sat | MITHAS presents Geetha Bennett, Veena. 7pm, MIT Wong Auditorium. For tickets and information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 258-7971. web.mit.edu/mithas/www/concerts.html
28 | Sun | MITHAS presents Anupama Bhagwat, Sitar. 4pm, MIT Wong Auditorium. For tickets and information, contact email@example.com or (617) 258-7971. web.mit.edu/mithas/www/concerts.html
29 | Mon | AFRICANGAME, Forum on the 30th anniversary of George Russell’s African Game. Steve Elman, Mark Harvey, Alice Russell, and George Garzone. Presented in conjunction with 21M226, Jazz History. 8pm, Killian Hall. Free.
30 | Tue | Annual Prokopoff Strings Concert
Noon, MIT Lewis Library, 14E-109. Free.
30 | Tue | CMS Student Jazz Combos Concert. Keala Kaumeheiwa, coach.
7:30pm, Killian Hall. Free.