MIT’s Wind and Jazz Ensembles invited five renowned clarinet soloists to perform a concert celebrating the illustrious instrument. Don Byron, Anat Cohen, Eran Egozy, Billy Novick, and Evan Ziporyn shared the stage for a program spanning multiple musical genres from classical to jazz to world to pop. This extraordinary concert culminated with Ornament of the World, composed by MIT alumnus and Tony award-winner Jamshied Sharifi, featuring the entire cast of musicians and 100 clarinetists of all ages drawn from the Boston area. The documentary goes behind the scenes to show how this musical extravaganza was achieved and tells the story of the creative endeavors of the featured soloists and their special relationship with this highly versatile and distinctly sounding woodwind instrument. Produced by MIT Video Productions with the generous support of Neil and Jane Pappalardo.
MITSO MOVIES MACHOVER
MIT Sounding Series
Friday March 13, 2020 @ 8pm - LIVE WEBCAST
John Williams, “Devil's Dance” from Witches of Eastwick
Don Byron, Three Pieces from the Saul Bass Project — *World Premiere* (performed live with film)
Angelo Badalamenti, themes to David Lynch films (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive,Twin Peaks)
Harry Manfredini, Friday the 13th Suite
Tod Machover, A Toronto Symphony — *US Premiere*
MIT Symphony Orchestra, Evan Ziporyn, Director
MITSO MOVIES MACHOVER is the MIT Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to the art of film music past, present, and future, from classic Hollywood soundtracks to new works that immersively combine live music with visual images. The concert, directed by Evan Ziporyn, culminates in MITSO’s first-ever performance of genre-breaking 2016 Composer of the Year and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover's boundary-pushing orchestral music.
Machover's A Toronto Symphony, the first of his celebrated City Symphony series, is a musical and visual portrait of Toronto, created by Machover in a beyond-crowd-sourced collaboration with the greater Toronto community. In keeping with the site-specific ethos of the work, Machover worked with input from the student musicians of MITSO to further customize the piece for this US premiere performance.
Also featured will be the world premiere of renowned composer and clarinetist Don Byron's Three Pieces from the Saul Bass Project , which will be performed live with classic film noir title sequences by the legendary Saul Bass (Something Wild (1961), The Shrike (1955), and Walk On the Wild Side (1962)). The program also includes music by John Williams (“Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick), Angelo Badalamenti's brooding themes to David Lynch films, and the US premiere of Harry Manfredini's Friday the 13th Suite.
MIT Wind Ensemble Spring Concert
SATURDAY March 14, 2020 | 08:00 pm
Kenneth Amis, Acting Music Director.
A concert featuring the works of great composers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Music by Beethoven, Hovhaness, Hindemith, Gorb, and more!
Founded by Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. in the fall of 1999, the MIT Wind Ensemble is comprised of advanced undergraduate & graduate MIT students from a wide range of disciplines. MITWE performs four concerts per year on the MIT campus and one off-campus. Repertoire includes standard outstanding wind repertoire and new music for full wind ensemble, chamber winds, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and woodwind ensembles.
Since 2001, the MIT Wind Ensemble has commissioned dozens of original works and has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winnners, the late Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, Michael Colgrass, and many other composers. MITWE has two professional CDs, Waking Winds (2004, Innova Records) and Solo Eclipse (2008, Albany Records). MITWE has been featured on PBS and NPR. Soloists with MITWE have included Kenneth Amis (tuba player of the Empire Brass), Don Byron, Evan Ziporyn, Kenny Werner, Bill McHenry, and numerous student soloists. "[MITWE performs with] a tremendous amount of passionate music-making and artistry . . . [it] plays at a consistently mature, aesthetically engaging level," notes Boston's The Art Fuse in a 2013 MITWE concert review.