November 2014

Bhatt2 | Sun | MITHAS presents Krishna Bhatt, sitar, with Amit Kavthekar, tabla. 4pm, Wong Auditorium.  Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors: $10. Please visit or contact for final concert listings, as schedule changes may occur.


FEA BR013 | Mon | It’s Alive! Play reading series presents plays by Brecht and other playwrights in the “epic theater” tradition, directed by students of 21M.711, Epic Theater Seminar. Directed by Anna Kohler, It’s Alive! fosters collaboration between the MIT performance community and both emerging and lesser-known maverick playwrights from around the world. 7:30pm, Killian Hall.  Free.

WZ7-8 | Sat | Visiting Artist: Virtuoso clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel, a fixture of the Polish jazz scene, creates contemporary free jazz inspired by sacred music from different cultures and historical periods. He is the bandleader of the Polish group Hera, and performs in the international quintet Undivided, featuring Bobby Few and Perry Robinson; the South Indian percussion group Saagara; and the ToTu Orchestra, a nine-piece band of Warsaw musicians. He is also a member of Ken Vandermark’s project Resonance.  He brings his own Quartet to MIT & Cambridge for a workshop with MIT students on Nov. 7 and a performance at Red Star Union in Kendall Square on Nov. 8. For information, please contact Red Star Union (

akboyles13 | Th | MITSO Lite, Adam K. Boyles, music director. Martinu, Nonet; 
Van Swieten, 2nd movement from the E-flat Symphony; 
Bloch, Concerto Grosso, No. 1. 8pm, Killian Hall. Free.



International Conference in Kiel14-15 | Fri-Sat | Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, Performance.  Hosted by Jay Scheib and Anna Kohler, MIT Theater Arts, this is the fourth and final session of a two-day international seminar series launched by the HiØ/Akademi for Scenekunst (Norwegian Theater Academy) with artists and scholars from a variety of disciplines.  The “archive” refers not only to the performative traditions, documents and stories of the past, but also the demand to perform and answer repeatedly to the problem of our own inevitable disappearance and death. Guest presenters will include: John Jesurun, Leila Kinney, Serge von Arx, Arnold Dreyblatt, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Schneider, Eleonora Fabião, Bunky Echo-Hawk, Ingrid Junermann, Julie Tolentino, John Gabrieli, Maiya Geddes, and others. Funded in part by the Norwegian Artistic Research Program, The Council for the Arts at MIT and the Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Info: Registration:  Contact:

1jupiterquartet_b4 | Fri | Visiting Artists: The Jupiter String Quartet performing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Beethoven Quartets in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 and A minor, Op. 132. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets at and at the door.


tmk16 | Sun | MITHAS presents T.M. Krishna, vocal; R.K Shriramkumar, violin and Arunprakash, mridangam.  4pm, Kresge Auditorium.  Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors: $10. Please visit or contact for final concert listings, as schedule changes may occur.


cahill16 | Sun | Visiting Artist: Pianist Sarah Cahill, new music champion in a solo concert featuring works from her recent CD A Sweeter Music, including Terry Riley’s Be Kind to One Another, on NPR Music’s top 100 songs for 2013, and the world premiere of Evan Ziporyn’s Terry Tunes. 4pm, Killian Hall.  Free.

Bay area pianist, writer and producer Sarah Cahill has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, and Evan Ziporyn.  She has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Ingram Marshall, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and others. Cahill has researched and recorded music by the important early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence. She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists and scholars to prepare scores for performance. Recent appearances include a concert at San Quentin of the music Henry Cowell wrote while incarcerated there, Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto with Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony, and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival.

RUEHR 20018 | Tue | MTA Composer Forum presents: Elena Ruehr speaks about her new opera Cassandra in the Temples. 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.  Free. A reception will follow.

21 | Fri | Visiting Artists: The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth premieres Elena Ruehr’s Cassandra in the Temples, a one-act opera based on a libretto by Gretchen E. Henderson that explores the themes of mysticism, ROTdisaster, hysteria, and belief in a new ecological interpretation of the apocalyptic Greek myth.  Ruehr received a Guggenheim to compose this work.  Also on the program will be world premiere of Christine Southworth & Evan Ziporyn’s Borderland, a four-movement cantata in memory of the victims of the Ukrainian conflict and Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and a work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  Admission: $20, students, seniors and alumni: $10, MIT Students, Faculty and Staff: Free.  Wellesley students free with code WELLESLEY. Tickets on Eventbrite:

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal octet dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice — from yodeling to Inuit throat singing. Through study with masters from non-classical traditions the world over, the eight voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on-going commissioning project, invites today’s brightest composers to create a repertoire without borders. In 2014, the ensemble won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance..

FRED22 | Sat | Song of Democracy. MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., music director and MIT Concert Choir, William Cutter, music director.  Hanson, Song of Democracy; World premiere of a special arrangement by Cutter of The Star-Spangled Banner in recognition of the 200th anniversary of its composition; Persichetti, Symphony No. 6; Respighi, Huntingtower; Bach/Amis, Contrapunctus XII from The Art of Fugue; Freund, Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’; Keeril Makan, Infinite Corridor. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets at and at the door.

FIDELIOTRIO23 | Sun | Visiting Artists: Fidelio Trio; Darragh Morgan, violin; Deirdre Cooper, cello; and Mary Dullea, piano. Music by MIT Composers: Evan Ziporyn, John Harbison, Peter Child and Elena Ruehr. Q & A with composers will follow.  4pm Killian Hall.  Free.

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