September 2012

Sun | 9 | MITHAS Presents: Sowmya, Carnatic vocal, 4pm, Wong Auditorium. For tickets and information, contact or (617) 258-7971.
Sowmya is a popular vocalist who strives to adhere to the strict classical values learned from her gurus. Dr. Ramanathan and Smt. Mukta.


Fri | 14 | Soprano Anne Harley premieres a new song cycle, for Shaker Mother Ann Lee, for solo soprano and electronics by Christine Southworth, Lecturer in Music at MIT.  7pm, Killian Hall.  Free.

Anne Harley specializes in contemporary music and is interested in interdisciplinary projects that incorporate new media in the service of music and drama.  She has premiered, performed and recorded works by Evan Ziporyn, John Adams, Lee Hoiby, Louis Andriessen, Peter Eotvös and John Harbison and has appeared in recital and as a soloist with BMOP, Opera Boston (Mme. Mao in Nixon in China), The American Repertory Theatre, The Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Camerata, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the North Carolina Symphony and at the Tanglewood Festival. In 2009 she joined the faculty of Scripps College where she developed the project, VoicesOfThePearl, to commission artists to create song cycles and multimedia pieces to texts by and about female mystics from traditions around the world. She is also well known as a Baroque music specialist for her performances of the standard repertoire of Bach, Handel, Rameau and Charpentier and has recordings on Hänssler Profil, Naxos, Sony Classics, Dorian, Musica Omnia and BMOP/sound. Visit:

Composer and MIT alumna Christine Southworth creates music born from a cross-pollination of sonic ideas, inspired by intersections of technology and art, nature and machines, and music from cultures around the world. Her music employs sounds from man and nature, from Van de Graaff generators to honeybees; Balinese gamelan to seismic data from volcanoes. Her compositions have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Indonesia by the Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, Calder Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Gamelan Semara Ratih, California EAR Unit, Andrew W.K., and Ensemble Robot.  She has received awards from the American Music Center, UCross Foundation, LEF Foundation, American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the MIT Eloranta Fellowship, and Bang on a Can.  Christine has two recordings on Airplane Ears Music: Zap! (2008) and Gamelan Galak Tika: Bronze Age Space Age (2009) and soon will release a third of her string quartets, performed by The Calder and Kronos quartets, Gamelan Galak Tika, and Face the Music, with support from the American Music Center CAP Recording Grant.  Christine received a B.S. from MIT in 2002 in Mathematics and an M.A. in Computer Music & Multimedia Composition from Brown University in 2006.  Visit:


Sun | 16 | MITHAS Presents: Kalapini Komkali, Hindustani khyal. 4pm, Wong Auditorium.  For tickets and information, contact or (617) 258-7971.

Kalapini is widely recognized as one of the finest Hindustani classical vocalists of the younger generation.


Wed | 19 | Michael Scott Cuthbert, MIT Associate Professor of Music.  Lecture: Digital Musicology of Late-Medieval Polyphony.  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Fellows’ Presentation Series. 4pm, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge.

Cuthbert is a music historian whose work digs into the music of medieval Europe, particularly 14th-century Italy, and develops new computational systems for quickly examining huge repertories of musical scores. He also studies and teaches trends in contemporary music. At Radcliffe, Cuthbert will combine his two principal interests in a project, Digital Musicology of Late-Medieval Polyphony, that will use music21 software to analyze the harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic structures of the entire surviving repertory of 14th- and early 15th-century French, Italian, and Spanish music with multiple parts (approximately 2,000 pieces). Cuthbert received his AB, AM, and PhD degrees from Harvard University. He has been a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and an I Tatti Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. His research has been supported by grants from the Seaver Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cuthbert is the creator of the music21 open-source toolkit for computational musicology and the US principal investigator of Electronic Locator of Vertical Interval Successions (ELVIS): The First Large Data-Driven Research Project on Musical Style project. His articles have appeared in Acta Musicologica, Journal of New Music Research, Musica Disciplina, Studi Musicali, and other journals.


Thurs | 20 | Caracas Brass Concert.  This concert is part of the Inauguration celebrations for MIT President Rafael Reif.  8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  Free and open to the MIT community; reservations required.  For reservations visit

Caracas Brass was recently formed by 10 young members of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.  The major endeavor of the Caracas Brass is a project designed to bring master classes and the idea of medium-size ensemble performances to the young brass players of El Sistema.


Mon | 24 | Folk Music Lecture Demonstration.  Norman Kennedy, Scottish ballad singer. 7:30pm, Killian Hall. Free.

Scottish weaver, singer and storyteller, during the 1950s, Kennedy made annual trips to the Outer Hebrides to learn the local weaving, Gaelic songs, and cultural practices. In 1965, he was invited to perform at the Newport Folk Festival to represent Scotland in a program on the origins of the American ballad tradition. He is a 2003 NEA National Heritage Fellow.


Sun | 30 | Choral Concert conducted by Jinwook Park with the MIT Concert Choir (William Cutter, conductor), Boston Korean Chorus (Jinwook Park, conductor), Nashoba Valley Chorale (Anne Watson Born, conductor). Program:  Rossini, Overture to William Tell; Kim, Choral suite from “Spring in my hometown; Verdi; Chorus of Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco and the Triumphal Scene from Aida; Elgar, Serenade for strings; Beethoven, Symphony #9 (4th movement).  4:30pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $10; Students and Seniors: Free.

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