March 13 Concert - Awakening

Friday, March 13, 8pm, Kresge Auditorium, MIT.

Admission: $5 at the door or free in advance with an MIT email address.

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Friday, March 13, 2015. Awakening. MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., music director, Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor, Jamshied Sharifi, ’83, guest composer, present a program featuring Sharifi’s Awakening, composed for and premiered by MITWE in 2012. The premiere of the piece is the subject of the 2014 Emmy-winning documentary Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring Through Music, aired on PBS. An excerpt from the documentary will be screened. Also on the program is Holst, Second Suite in F, featuring MITWE Alumni; Grainger, The Gum-Suckers March; Chavez, Toccata for Percussion, and Francaix, Eleven Variations on a Theme of Haydn. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; free in advance to the MIT community. Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com and at the door.

2014-2015 Concert Dates:

8pm, Kresge Auditorium, MIT

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Founded by Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. in the fall of 1999, the MIT Wind Ensemble is comprised of outstanding MIT undergraduate & graduate students studying a wide variety of fields. The central mission of the MIT Wind Ensemble is the enhancement of the musical education and artistic sensitivity of its members through performance in large and small wind ensembles of music of diverse styles from the 16th century to the present day. A secondary mission is the creation and nurturing of new music for the wind ensemble medium. MITWE collaborates regularly with major composers and soloists from around the world and with the MIT Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and other ensembles. Outstanding MITWE members are also featured annually. MIT Afflilated Artist and tuba player of the Empire Brass, Kenneth Amis, is the Assistant Conductor of MITWE.

MITWE performs four concerts per year on the MIT campus and annually performs off-campus. Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic year. To sign up for an audition, contact Vanessa Gardner (vgardner@mit.edu) Rehearsals are held Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:30 PM in Kresge Auditorium. May be taken for credit: 21M.426.


Meet the current members of the ensemble


Repertoire Sample:
The following are examples of works recently performed by MITWE.
Second Suite - Gustav Holst
Folk Song Suite - Ralph Vaughn Williams
Symphony in Bb - Hindemith
Molly on the Shore - Percy Grainger
Abraham - John Harbison
The Ornate Zither and the Nomad Flute - Evan Zipoyrn (world premiere)
Gleams from the Bosom of Darkness - Lior Navok (world premiere)
Postcard - Frank Ticheli
Octet - Stravinsky
Serenade in C minor - Mozart
Lincolnshire Posy - Percy Grainger
The Art of the Fugue - J.S. Bach, trans: Kenneth Amis


Commissioned Works:
MITWE annually commissions works from renowned local, national, and international composers. Composers who have written for MITWE include Michael Weinstein, Evan Ziporyn, Kenneth Amis, Peter Child, Charles Shadle, Mark Harvey, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Guillermo Klein and Kenny Werner.




Rehearsals:
MITWE rehearses Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 each week in Kresge Auditorium.