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Fall 2014 ABD performances





Wed., Sept. 24 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
Hannah Loomis, Vocals; Daniel Padgett, piano

Originally a pianist, Hannah spent many years performing on several other instruments including marimbas, French horn, tenor sax and electric bass before finally landing happily as a singer. She’s classically trained and has enjoyed singing with varied groups, from big band, rock, and folk, to opera, Bulgarian, and choral music. Hannah currently performs with Viriditas, a women’s a capella group focused on medieval and Renaissance music. She has a BA in music from Hampshire College where she concentrated on performing and composing, and also studied jazz piano at Rutgers College. She loves exploring music with complex rhythms and microtones!



Wed., Nov.5 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111) Michael Yarsky

Yarsky (b. 1987) is a Boston-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  He has written several indie-rock 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!


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Wed., Nov. 12 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
Andrew V Bohachewsky

Pianist Andy Bohachewsky will be performing a selection of jazz standards and original compositions, arrangements and improvisations on the piano.





Wed., Dec. 3 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
Peter Allen
- On piano and vocals, Peter will perform his program, WHOLLY WORD: Selections from the King James Holy Bible set word for word to original music.Peter's program will include selections from the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Epistles.
Refreshments served prior to the show.




Mon., Dec. 15 at noonWhitehead Institute auditorium, Main and Vassar Streets
Meridian Singers

A-caroling we will go:  Carols through the ages

Meridian Singers, an a capella chorus open to all in the MIT community, is a perennial feature on the ABD calendar, but for this concert is being featured as part of the Whitehead Institute concert series. 





Wed., Dec. 17 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)
The Trapelo Players

Susan Caplan, flute, is principal flutist in the Brockton Symphony and a member of the Wellesley Symphony and MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with the Quincy Symphony, Newton Symphony, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Savoyard Light Opera Company, and the Sudbury Savoyards.  Ms. Caplan’s teachers include Steven Finley, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Elinor Preble, and William Grass.  Susan is on the Board of the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and MusicCounts! in Canton.  She teaches private flute lessons in the Canton Schools.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she received the Billings Prize in Performance.   Susan loves all kinds of music, art, hiking, reading, science, museums, running, playing Scrabble, singing harmony, and cooking.

Lisa Putukian, oboe,studied with Peggy Pearson and Ron Roseman (Yale, B.A.).  After working with the Omaha Symphony, she returned to Boston to earn her MBA from Harvard University.  She works in the life sciences, currently as Principal, TLV Partners and previously as VP, Business Development with the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her musical life includes principal oboe for the Newton Symphony (17 years), and earlier, the MIT Symphony (5 years) and Waltham Philharmonic.  Lisa currently lives in Lincoln and is freelancing with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre and other groups in and around Boston. 

Georgiana McReynolds, clarinet, has performed in New York and Boston with many chamber music groups and orchestras including the MIT Wind Ensemble, Symphony Pro Musica, Wellesley Symphony, Newton Symphony, and the Savoyard Light Opera Company. Trained at the Juilliard School and New York City’s High School of Music and Art, she  studied clarinet with Stanley Drucker, Meyer Kupferman, and Jean Kopperud. She also plays recorder, bass clarinet, saxophone, and oboe. Georgiana works at MIT as a Reference Services Librarian.

Shu Satoh, bassoon, is principal of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Symphony Orchestra. He has been principal bassoon of the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton and of the Civic Symphony of Boston. He plays freelance orchestral and chamber music throughout the Boston area. Mr. Satoh is Senior Scientist at Axcelis Technologies in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Jeff Stewart, horn, grew up in Michigan and received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering.  Since then he has made his living as a computer engineer, while attempting to keep his day job from interfering too much with his love of music.  He is principal horn in the New England Philharmonic and the Harvard Lowell House Opera orchestra, plays in the New Bedford Symphony, and freelances in numerous other Boston area groups.

With a woodwind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, the Trapelo Playerswill play classical works from the standard woodwind quintet literature and some fun arrangements.


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.

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