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Southern Notebook. MIT Wind Ensemble. Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director, Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor. World Premiere of Southern Notebook for piano and symphonic winds by MIT Senior Lecturer Charles Shadle. Anirudh Arun ’13, piano; Dvořák, trans. Amis, Slavonic Dance No. 1, op. 72; Schmidt, Hommage à Stravinsky; Ito, Gloriosa: Symphonic Poem for Winds; Brahms, trans. Boyd, Chorale Preludes nos. 7 & 8. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Free in advance; $5 cash at the door.
Southern Notebook is designed to celebrate the contributions of pianist and MIT senior Anirudh Arun to the MIT Wind Ensemble. Though the piano plays a prominent role, Southern Notebook is not a traditional concerto, but rather a cycle of eight short, interrelated character pieces. The movements, entitled “Cypress”, “Porch”, “Birmingham”, “Mountain Music, “Rag”, “Whirligig”, “Reprise” and “Invitation” are musical responses to images and experiences gleaned from a lifetime of travel in the American South.
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The Music and Theater Arts section provides students at MIT the opportunity to experience the unique language and process of the arts. Faculty and teaching staff help students understand art’s demand for rigor and discipline and its non-quantitative standards of excellence and beauty. A strong, comprehensive program in both music and theater arts—encompassing history, theory, and performance—is taught by faculty and staff of the highest caliber.