Visiting Artists

These are artists visiting MIT Music and Theater Arts this academic year. They were invited to perform and interact with MIT students, faculty, and staff during their visits. Some will teach and visit various music classes. Visiting Artists are made possible in part by the Center for Art, Science & Technology, The Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT Music and Theater Arts.
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October 7 Killian Hall
Iva Bittova, Gyan Riley & Evan Ziporyn are composer/performers who merge into a singular sound, a blend of world roots, post-minimalism, and jazz. These eclectic, genre-crossing musicians, join forces to create a soundtrack for the 21st century global village that is simple, organic and direct; a music of intensity and lyricism, earthy impact, and instrumental virtuosity.
Jupiter String Quartet
October 17, November 14, April 10 Kresge Auditorium
Beethoven String Quartet Cycle
The Jupiter is an award-winning quartet with elite training and over a decade of experience performing together at major venues around the country. They return to complete their performance of the entire Beethoven String Quartet Cycle at MIT in these final three concerts. Their recordings are available on iTunes, Deutsche Grammophon and Marquis Records.
Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone
October 26, Killian Hall
Accompanied by pianist Paula Fan in a program of music by MIT Composers: Peter Child, Edward Cohen, John Harbison, Elena Ruehr and Charles Shadle. The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams made his debut with Welsh National Opera and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has performed at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He is renowned as a fine exponent of contemporary music.
Sarah Cahill, pianist
November 16, Killian Hall
Music from her recent CD ‘A Sweeter Music,’ Terry Riley’s ‘Be Kind to One Another,’ and works by Evan Ziporyn and others. Sarah Cahill, called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano by John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, and
Evan Ziporyn.
Roomful of Teeth
November 21, Kresge Auditorium
The premiere of Elena Ruehr’s opera Cassandra in the Temples and music by MIT Composers Evan Ziporyn and Christine Southworth. Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the Grammy award winning Roomful of Teeth is a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from non-classical traditions the world over, the eight voice ensemble expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and commissions today’s brightest composers to create a repertoire without borders.
Fidelio Trio
November 23, Killian Hall
Music by MIT Composers: Peter Child, Evan Ziporyn, John Harbison, and Elena Ruehr
The …’virtuosic Fidelio Trio’… (Sunday Times) performs diverse repertoire internationally and features Irish musicians Darragh Morgan, violin; Mary Dullea, piano and Scottish cellist Deirdre Cooper. The trio constantly commissions and/or premieres new works.
Boston Camerata
February 28 & March 6, MIT Chapel and Morse Hall, Walker Memorial Bldg.
Boston's esteemed Camerata will perform two programs: Portes du Ciel and Across the Mountains during their 60th season and will collaborate with MIT Professor of Music Michael Cuthbert, author of music 21.
Lontano Ensemble
March 15, Killian Hall
Rowland Sutherland flute; Peter Furniss clarinet; Caroline Balding violin; Clare O'Connell cello; Mary Dullea piano; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor, will perform music by MIT composers.
Terry Riley
April 18, Kresge Auditorium
Terry Riley celebrates his 80th performing at MIT with other artists including Eviyan, Sarah Cahill and Gamelan Galak Tika.
Miguel Zenon
May 1, Kresge Auditorium
Composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenón, will be in residence with the MIT Wind Ensemble to rehearse and perform a piece commissioned by Frederick Harris and the MIT Wind Ensemble.