The 8pm, March 17 concert program by the MIT Symphony will include Haydn's Symphony No. 100; John Harbison's Double Concerto for Oboe and Clarinet, with soloists Paul Ragaller and Eran Egozy, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
Symphony No. 100 of Joseph Haydn is known as the “Military” Symphony. This is due to the presence of instruments that audiences would have equated with the Turkish military forces, such as cymbals, triangle, and bass drum. While these instruments are quite common in symphony orchestras now, they would have been quite shocking, even a little scary, to Haydn’s audience.