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Pre-show Composer Talk / 7:00pm / Kresge Little Theater
MIT Sounding concert brings together music with visual images
The symphony, in the popular imagination, is sometimes regarded as a precious relic, a place where the canonical music of long-dead composers fills the cavernous spaces of gilded concert halls. Though the MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO) was founded more than one hundred years ago, what the new concert in the MIT Sounding series, “MITSO MOVIES MACHOVER,” shows is that orchestral music is just as vibrant as ever.
“There is a common truism that the orchestra is a museum or dying or at least on life support, but as soon as I spent several days listening to 100+ MIT students auditioning, and talking to them about what the orchestra means to them, I realized there was a lot more to it than that,” says Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), who curates the series and also serves as this year’s director of the orchestra.
The MIT Sounding series, Ziporyn says, is founded on ideas of juxtaposition and adjacencies—uncovering the connections between diverse musical practices. This latest concert produced by CAST brings together the music of film soundtracks with 2016 Composer of the Year and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover’s A Toronto Symphony.