John Oliver Memorial Concert

October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
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Professor William Cutter honors John Oliver’s contributions to the choral music at MIT with a program of music near to Oliver's heart.  Oliver was a friend and mentor, former Director of Choral Programs at MIT, and chorus master of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for 45 years.  Along with 65 members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the MIT Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform Brahms’s heartbreakingly beautiful funeral song “Nänie”; a poem of lament written by Friedrich Schiller which speaks of the inevitability of death by using three episodes from Greek mythology.  The first episode refers to Orpheus who tries to rescue Eurydice from the underworld, the second refers to Aphrodite's mourning of her lover Adonis, the third refers to the failed effort of Thetis to save her son Achilles from death.   Additionally, 16 soloists from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and MIT Concert Choir Alums who sang with Oliver, will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams stunning “Serenade to Music”.


John Oliver passed away on April 11, 2018 after a long battle with leukemia.


Concert Repertoire

Nänie by Johannes Brahms

Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams