September/October 2014

zipo16 | Tue | Evan Ziporyn’s 20,000th Day on Earth, a celebratory concert featuring the US premiere of In My Mind & In My Car, a 50-minute collaboration by Christine Southworth and  Ziporyn for bass clarinet, electronics, and video. The piece was recently premiered at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland. CAST Visiting Artist in Residence and MTA Visiting Lecturer Arnold Dreyblatt will perform his classic Nodal Excitation.  8pm, Killian Hall.  Reserve: http://mit.mta.eventbrite.com.

Rama-621 | Sun | MITHAS presents Pantula Rama, vocal, MSN Murthy, violin; Patri Satishkumar, mridangam. 4pm, Kirsch Auditorium (32-123), Stata Center.  Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors, $10 unless otherwise listed.  Please check http://www.mithas.org or contact us at mithastimes@gmail.com for final listings as changes may occur.

kathak dance28 | Sun | MITHAS presents “Poetry in Motion,”an array of Indian Dance forms with dancers from the Greater Boston Area. 3pm, Kresge Auditorium. Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors, $10 unless otherwise listed.  Please check http://www.mithas.org or contact us at mithastimes@gmail.com for final listings as changes may occur.

 

OCTOBER

alvin curran1 | Wed | MTA Composer Forum presents: composer Alvin Curran. Music Outside the Concert Halls, a life in unpopular music. 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.  Free. A reception will follow.

Democratic, irreverent and traditionally experimental, Curran travels in a computerized covered wagon between the Golden Gate and the Tiber River, and makes music for every occasion with any sounding phenomena — a volatile mix of lyricism and chaos, structure and indeterminacy, fog horns, fiddles and fiddle heads. Curran’s music-making embraces all the contradictions (composed/improvised, tonal/atonal, maximal/minimal…) in a serene dialectical encounter. His more than 150 works feature taped/sampled natural sounds, piano, synthesizers, computers, violin, percussion, shofar, ship horns, accordion and chorus. Whether in the intimate form of his well-known solo performances, or pure chamber music, experimental radio works or large-scale site-specific sound environments and installations, all forge a very personal language from all the languages through dedicated research and recombinant invention.

anakohler.glasses6 | Mon | It’s Alive! Play reading series presents Philoktetes by John Jesurun, a contemplation on AIDS and war. John Jesurun is a McArthur Winning contemporary author and director. His poetic texts accompanied by dreamlike video images have been groundbreaking in modern American Theater. His Chang in a Void Moon an absurdist serial play, started in 1980 and has been continuously performed, most recently in March of this year with episodes 59, 60 and 61.  Senior Lecturer Anna Kohler’s semi-staged play-reading series 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.

eviyan7 | Tue | Eviyan members Iva Bittova, vocalist/violinist; Gyan Riley, guitarist & Evan Ziporyn, clarinetist, are composer/performers who merge into a singular sound, a blend of world roots, post-minimalism, and jazz. These eclectic, genre-crossing musicians, join forces to create a soundtrack for the 21st century global village that is simple, organic and direct; a music of intensity and lyricism, earthy impact, and instrumental virtuosity. 8pm Hall.  Free.

mysore11 | Sat | MITHAS presents Mysore Brothers, violin duo; Srimushnam Raja Rao, mridangam; Giridhar Udupa, Ghatam. 6pm, Kirsch Auditorium (32-123), Stata Center. Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors, $10, Please check http://www.mithas.org or contact us at mithastimes@gmail.com for final listings as changes may occur.

ellipsis trio11 | Sat | Ellipsis Trio: Amanda Wang ’03 violin; Patrick Owen, cello; Konstantinos Papadakis, piano. Franz Schubert, Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat; Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor. 7:30pm, Killian Hall.  Free for MIT students and affiliates; $15 general admission. Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/851818. Visit: www.ellipsistrio.com. email: ellipsistrio@gmail.com.

Seth josel14 | Tue | MTA Composer Forum presents: guitarist Seth Josel. Book Presentation: The Techniques of Guitar Playing by Seth Josel and Ming Tsao. 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.  Free. A reception will follow.

Seth Josel has become one of the leading instrumental pioneers of his generation. He is recipient of numerous awards and prizes including a Fulbright-Hays grant. As ensemble player and soloist he has been involved in the first performances of more than one hundred works by leading young composers.  In addition to his 3 solo CDs featuring American music (New World Records, CRI, O.O. Discs), he recorded Berio’s Sequenza XI for the complete Sequenza cycle released on Mode Records in 2006 as well as Peter Ablinger’s 33-127.

jupiterquartet_b17 | Fri | Visiting Artist Concert: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle by the Jupiter Quartet.  Beethoven, C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4; F Minor, Op. 135; C# Minor, Op. 131. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com and at the door.

An award winning quartet, the Jupiter is in residence at MIT Music and Theater Arts 2014-15.

Tejendra+Narayan+Majumdar18 | Sat | MITHAS presents Tejendra Majumdar, sarod, Amit Kavthekar, tabla.
7pm, Wong Auditorium. Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors, $10 unless otherwise listed.  Please check http://www.mithas.org or contact us at mithastimes@gmail.com for final concert listings, as schedule changes may occur.

MITSO18 | Sat | MIT Symphony Orchestra, Adam K. Boyles, music director.
Mozart, Symphony No. 36, ‘Linz’ and 
Sibelius, Symphony No. 2. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com and at the door.

 

Wind-Ensemble-10-2-13-5024 | Fri | MIT Annual Family Weekend Concert: Musical Portraits from around the Globe. MIT Wind Ensemble & MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr. music director. Copland, Lincoln Portrait, with MIT President Rafael Reif, narrator; Brahms, Academic Festival Overture; Vaughn Williams, English Folk Song Suite; Special tribute in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of MIT AeroAstro, and jazz works by Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Charlie Parker. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium.  Free.

Jeremy26 | Sun | Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone, and Paula Fan, piano.  Music by MIT composers: Peter Child, Edward Cohen, John Harbison, Elena Ruehr, and Charles Shadle. 4pm, Killian Hall.  Free.

The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams made his debut with the Welsh National and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles.  He has performed at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries.  He is renowned as a fine exponent of contemporary music.

27 | Mon | MTA Composer Forum presents: Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone. The music of Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott (1929-2008). 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.  Free. A reception will follow.

Alun Hoddinott’s first major composition, the Clarinet Concerto was performed in 1954 by the Hallé Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli.  This brought him a national profile, which was followed by a string of commissions by leading orchestras and soloists.  He was championed by some of the most distinguished singers and instrumentalists of the 20th century.

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