2 | Sun | WE HERE NOW, A Storyful Evening of Raga, Rhythm, Footwork, and Drama. George Ruckert, sarod; Gretchen Hayden, Kathak dance; Hindole Majumdar, tabla; with guest dancers Anjali Nath, Shafali Jain, and members of the Chhandika Youth Ensemble. 4pm, Kresge Little Theater. Admission: General $30; Students/Seniors $10; Free to MIT Students with ID. Tickets at MITHAS.org. Made possible in part by Chhandika, MITHAS, and MIT Music and Theater Arts.
5 | Wed | MTA Composer Forum presents: Charles Shadle, MIT Senior Lecturer in Music and Theater Arts. Western Saddlebag: Cowboy Songs and the Craft of Composition. The talk will focus on Western Saddlebag a newly composed suite of arrangements of traditional cowboy melodies for piano. 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109. Free. A reception will follow.
6 | Thu | “Open-Score Introduction to the Beethoven Quartets” hosted by Teresa Neff and the Jupiter Quartet. Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”; Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2. The Jupiter Quartet will present each of the works on their concert program of March 7 and play excerpts, with scores and facsimiles available for use by the audience. Q and A and reception following. 6:30pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109. Free.
7 | Fri | MIT Music and Theater Arts presents: the Jupiter Quartet as part of the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle performances at MIT. Beethoven: Quartet in G Major, Op.18, No. 2; Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 ‘Harp’; Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Gen. adm. $5; Free, via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email. Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door. Funded in part by the Center for Arts, Science and Technology.
8 | Sat |Homegrown Portraits. MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director. Mark Harvey, guest conductor-composer. Featuring a world premiere by Adrian Grossman ’14, a new arrangement of Mingus’ Portrait by Peter Godart’15, De-Evolution Blues & Saxophrenia by Dr. Mark Harvey, and music by Guillermo Klein, Kenny Werner, Jamshied Sharifi, and Thelonious Monk. Admission $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email. Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/and at the door.
12 | Wed | A concert by David Catalunya, medieval keyboard player (clavisimbalum) and music researcher and conductor from Barcelona currently on the faculty of Würzburg. He is one of the greatest minds in medieval music both from a research stand point (his dissertation on 14th c. Spanish music is winning every award in Europe) and as a performer (with the group Mala Punica and his own group Canto Coronato). His most recent work has been in recreating “mechanized psaltries”/”hammered clavicembela” of the early fifteenth century — that is to say, medieval pianos (that play soft and loud). Listen on his website: http://www.davidcatalunya.com/clavisimbalum/. 7:30pm, Killian Hall. Free.
14 | Fri |Afterglow: Twilight Music for String Quartet and Wind Ensemble. MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director; Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor. Guest soloists: Young-Nam Kim, violin; Ariana Kim, violin; Daniel Kim, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello. Featuring the world premiere of MIT Prof. Peter Child’s Afterglow: Twilight Music for String Quartet and Wind Ensemble; Milhaud, Suite Française; Holst, Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo; Stravinsky, Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant; Hennagin, Jubilee8pm, Kresge Auditorium. General admission $5; Free, in advance only via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door.
15 | Sat | MIT Symphony Orchestra, Adam K. Boyles, music director. Berlioz, Romeo alone: The Capulet’s party from Romeo et Juliette; First movement of Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No. 2 with Jiwon Park ‘17, piano soloist and winner of the 2014 MITSO Concerto Competition; Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email. Tickets at: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door.
New Ladies with Big Voices: Plays by Young Jean Lee (Brooklyn-based playwright and director working in experimental theater) and
Sybil Kempson (New York-based playwright).
7:30pm, Killian Hall. Free.
20 | Thu | Spanish computational ethnomusicologist Emilia Carmen Gutierrez talks about computer-aided analysis of Flamenco music, 5pm, MIT Rm. 2-105. Free.