Sat | 1 | Inventional Winds: 1882 to 2002. MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., music director; Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet soloist. Strauss, Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments; Gauger, Gainsborough for percussion ensemble; Bennett, Suite of Old American Dances; Berlioz, Hungarian March; Copland, Down a Country Lane; Ziporyn, Drill. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Free in advance; $5 at the door. Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/
Sun | 2 | MIT Chamber Music Society. 2pm, Killian Hall and 4pm, Kresge Auditorium. At 2pm in Killian Hall: Telemann, two Quartets from Tafelmusik. Eunice Lin’16, flute; QinQin Yu ’15, flute; Benjamin Steinhorn (G), bassoon; Emily Mackevicius (G), cello; Colin Beckwitt ’13 harpsichord; Jean Rife, coach. Beethoven, Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1. Vivian Liu ’15, flute; Sae Jang ’13, cello; Yimin Chen ’13, piano; Jean Rife, coach. Schumann, Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44. Ari Umans ’13, violin; Tanya Liu ’14, violin; Charles Hsu ’14, viola; Melissa Kornspan ’14, cello; Albert Wu ’14, piano; David Deveau, coach.
Wed | 5 | A reading of Harbison’s opera libretto and selected songs of The Great Gatsby by faculty and students as part of It’s Alive, a play reading series directed by by Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts. The Great Gatsby is an opera in two acts composed by MIT Institute Professor John Harbison. The libretto, also by Harbison, was adapted from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The opera was commissioned by The MET in honor of music director James Levine’s 25th anniversary with the company. 7pm, Killian Hall. Free.
Fri | 7 | MIT Concert Choir. William Cutter, Music Director; Alice Parker, guest artist/conductor. Music of Alice Parker. Alicer Parker’s long association with the legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw produced an impressive catalogue of original compositions and folk song arrangements. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: Free in advance; $5 at the door. Advance Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/
Sat | 8 | MIT Symphony Orchestra. Adam Boyles, Music Director. Debussy, Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Peter Child, Down-Adown-Derry with Ellen Harris and Michael Ouellette, narrators; Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker (excerpts). 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: Free in advance; $5 at the door. Advance Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/
Mon-Wed | MIT Chamber Music Society Student Concerts in Killian Hall: 7pm, Monday, December 10; 5pm, Tuesday, December 11; 7pm, Tuesday, December 11; 5pm, Wednesday, December 12; 7pm, Wednesday, December 12.
Sun | 16 | Boston Chamber Music Society. Marcus Thompson, Artistic Director. On Beethoven’s Birthday: Beginnings and Endings. Beethoven, Clarinet Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11; Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24, Spring; Messiaen, Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Ida Levin, violin; Ronald Thomas, cello; Mihae Lee, piano. 4pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: General: $35; WGBH members & senior citizens: $32; Non-MIT students: $10; MIT students with MIT student ID at the door: free; MIT faculty and staff: 20% off of general admission. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.bostonchambermusic.org/.