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Spring 2015 ABD performances



"Keep your eye on the prize"

Whenever I sit at the piano, a diary entry is made; and whenever I record a song, that entry is captured in time. By the time the entries become a CD, a chapter in my autobiography has been written.
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Wed., Feb 25 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Patrick Battstone
and Richard Poole, with Todd Brunel and Chris Rathbun

Patrick Battstone began performing music professionally at the age of 14, playing in various rock, blues, and R&B bands in South Western Ohio. By the time he was 18, he had received lessons from Stan Kenton and Gary Burton, had been mentored by Oscar Treadwell (Oska T), and had played with James Brown's recording sidemen as well as members of the musical "Hair:' In 1973, he attended Berklee College of Music and soon after became a student of both Mme Chaloff and Charlie Banacos. One of his bands, which featured hometown friend Grover Mooney, opened the fabled 1369 Club in Cambridge in 1976. During the 80's, Patrick studied the works of Scriabin under the renowned Serge Conus. In 1986, he resumed jazz studies with Joanne Brackeen in NYC for a period of six years. In the past 2 decades, he has been involved in various musical activities. He is fluid in both solo appearances as well as leading ensembles; in both acoustic settings as well as electric. He leads an acoustic trio and quartet and has performed in numerous electric funk/rock groups. He is experienced in performing for receptions, lounges, parlors, concerts, etc., and can adapt his playing to fit any occasion. Besides performing, he has been active in producing music, in teaching piano, and has managed and mentored numerous bands and venues. Lately, his main activity has been in the recording studio, having produced and released 10 CDs of his own and collaborated works. When not performing music, Patrick works as a rocket scientist at Draper Labs in Cambridge.



Wed., March 11 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Cindy Woolley

Free-lance flutist and soprano, Cindy Woolley has performed in the Boston area with many chamber groups and orchestras. She has given many solo recitals, including ones at MIT, and was co-founder of the Silverwood Trio which performed extensively in the Boston area and recorded their CD "In This World" in Killian Hall (funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT). She is currently a cantor at Corpus Christy-St. Bernard Church in West Newton. Ms. Woolley received her M.M. Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Lois Schaefer and is currently studying voice with Jean Danton.





Tue., March 17 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Ruth Levitsky

Ruth will play music from Ireland in honor of the day. Flute and penny whiistle with piano accompaniment.



Wed., April 8 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Michael Yarsky

Yarsky (b. 1987) is a Boston-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has written several indierock tunes for The Wakes before venturing into solo, flamenco-infused indie folk. In addition to being an accomplished bassist for pit orchestras and jazz trios, he performs his work solo or with accomplished composer and tenor Saunder Choi. He is a classical guitar enthusiast, a fervent admirer of Bartók, and a former student of Berklee professor David Newsam. He is thrilled to be playing Killian Hall again!





Wed., April 15 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Molly Ruggles & guest

Molly is an eclectic singer-songwriter who writes songs about MIT, famous religious figures, love's excesses and life's absurdities.

Molly will share the bill with a special guest singer and vocal percussionist, Priyanka Satpute, MIT ’17

Molly's CD, After the rest, is available for borrowing from the Lewis Music Library. The Barton catalog record is at

Web site:


Photo courtesy of Jonathan Sachs



Wed., May 6 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and the chapbooks Shoes on a wire (Split Oak, 2015) runner-up for the 2012 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review Online, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and numerous others. Kevin works in MIT’s Global Studies and Languages and lives in Cambridge MA.


Wed., May 13 at 12 noon • MIT Chapel

Meridian Singers in concert.

Pastime with Good Company: Consorting music from the time of the Tudors.  
Meridian Singers is an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces, and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses on Wednesdays at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.”

ABD is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT Human Resources.

We'd like to thank MIT Audio Visual Services and CopyTech for their generous support.