MIT Symphony Orchestra: Peel, Márquez, Sarasate, and Kalinnikov

March 11, 2022 | 08:00 pm

March 11, 2022 | 08:00 pm

Join us for the MIT Symphony Orchestra's first concert of 2022. This program will feature 2020 Concerto Competition co-winner, violinist, Joy Fan.


Peel: Dusk to Dawn

Márquez: Danzón no. 2

Sarasate: Carmen Fantasie (Joy Fan, violin)

Kalinnikov: Symphony no. 1



Joy Fan began her violin studies at a young age, studying under Gail Johanssen in Fairbanks, Alaska. She completed pre-college training at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University under Cornelia Heard. Joy then moved to Boston to attend MIT, where she graduated in 2020 with a degree in Bioengineering. While in college, she studied with Lynn Chang, with support from the Emerson Scholars program. She has previously appeared with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Starkville Symphony Orchestra, and the Curb Youth Symphony. Joy is now based in New York City, where she is completing her doctoral studies at Columbia University. An avid chamber musician, she is currently part of a piano quartet coached by Orpheus concertmaster Richard Rood, and plans to continue pursuing music alongside academia.




The origins of MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO) date back as far as 1884 when the first MIT Tech Orchestra appeared on campus along with the Banjo and Glee Clubs. The orchestra disbanded and re-appeared several times over the years that followed until 1947, when Klaus Liepmann (1907-1990), MIT’s first full-time professor of music and founder of the music program, became director of the MIT Glee Club, the Symphony and the Choral Society.


The central mission of the MIT Symphony Orchestra is the cultural enhancement of education at MIT by promoting music performance at the highest level of artistic excellence among MIT students, by nurturing new works and young artists, by developing and sustaining the widest possible audience. The orchestra’s repertoire consists of works from the entire symphonic canon, spanning works of the early Baroque era to contemporary compositions, and including music for film and theatre.

Compositions by MIT faculty are also part of MITSO’s repertoire. The orchestra recently recorded Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, and has participated in masterclasses with Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Roger Norrington, and Nicholas McGegan. Frequent collaborations with other ensembles such as the MIT Concert Choir, the theater program, with members of the faculty and performances by MITSOlite, a chamber orchestra comprised of MITSO members, are also part of MITSO’s activities.

The students in the MIT Symphony Orchestra come from a variety of fields including: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Mathematics, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Management, Architecture, and Materials Science & Engineering.


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