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Bang Your Head! - Heavy Metal 101
Jeffrey Pearlin
Wed Jan 18, Thu Jan 26, 05:30-07:30pm, 14N-217

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Signup by: 27-Jan-2012
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

This is not metallurgy! Nor is it rocket science! This is HEAVY METAL! Deal with it.

Six years strong, this crash course in all things Heavy Metal will have you Head Banging, Air Guitaring, and Devil Horn Raising in no time! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal, including who’s awesome, who isn’t, why louder DOES mean better, and so much more!

This 2-hour seminar covers the following topics: origins and history; iconography; why Judas Priest rules; why Metallica used to; why Ballads are, and always have been, lame; and why Lemmy IS God. We’ll watch some video clips, look at metal culture, and, of course, listen to some SCREAMING HEAVY METAL! We'll cover everything you ever wanted to know about Heavy Metal!

So, if you think that Poison is Heavy Metal, that umlauts have no place in the English language, and can't tell the difference between Black Sabbath and Bon Jovi (Hell, if you think Bon Jovi is listenable, for that matter), then you can't afford to miss this class. This is guaranteed to be the most BRUTAL class ever offered at MIT!
Web: http://web.mit.edu/pearlin/www/
Contact: Jeffrey Pearlin, 14N-329B, 253-9776, pearlin@mit.edu
Sponsor: Jeffrey W Pearlin, 14N-329B, 617 253-9776, pearlin@mit.edu

Calling All Flutes: MIT IAP Flute Club
Ruth Levitsky
Tue Jan 31, 12:15-01:15pm, Killian Hall

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up

Flutists of MIT (good flutists & others), students, staff, faculty, service staff, affiliates & friends): let's get together in Killian Hall during lunch on Tuesday, January 31st from 12:15-1:15 and read Handel's "Halleluliah Chorus"
Bring your flute (and a music stand if you have one) and the part you wish to play.

Listeners are welcome!

Download your part from:
Preregistration is not required but it is helpful to know if you are coming and what part you want:
Web: http://tinyurl.com/IAPflutes
Contact: Ruth Levitsky, E52-252, x3-3399, levitsky@mit.edu
Sponsor: Toastmasters@MIT

Change Ringing on Handbells
Dennis Wilson, Cally Perry, Elaine Hansen, Naomi Schurr
Mon Jan 9, Mon Jan 23, 30, 07:30-10:00pm, 5-232

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Change ringing is the traditional British style of ringing bells. We ring handbells following mathematical patterns instead of sheet music.
It's music! It's a realtime multiplayer orientation game!
It's the most fun you'll ever have counting to eight! Come give it a try.

No previous musical experience necessary. All are welcome.
Web: http://bellringers.scripts.mit.edu/www/
Contact: Dennis Wilson, 5-232, (812) 345-4534, dennisw@mit.edu
Sponsor: Guild of Bellringers

Exiled to Hollywood: Outcast Artists in Southen California
Martin Marks, Marcus A. Thompson
Sat Jan 21, 01:30-06:00pm, Kresge Auditiorium

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Presentation and discussion on émigré composers to southern California, followed by a concert performed by the Boston Chamber Music Society featuring the works of composers Mario Casteluovo-Tedesco, Ernst Toch, Louis Gruenberg, Eric Korngold.
Contact: Martin Marks, 10-268, x3-4967, mmmarks@mit.edu
Sponsor: Music and Theater Arts

Is This On? (Learn To Be a College DJ)
Generoso Fierro
Wed Jan 25, 06-07:00pm, 50-030 (WMBR), Basement of Walker Memorial

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Signup by: 10-Jan-2012
Limited to 30 participants.
Single session event

Checking levels, making a segue, cueing vinyl (vinyl-what's that?)

Get to know your campus radio station (WMBR) as DJ Generoso teaches you various skills of doing a radio show. Then, learn some history of WMBR (the first punk rock radio show in the USA), have a tour of the station and obtain membership information.

Freshly baked cookies and milk will be provided because Andy would've wanted it that way.

OPEN ONLY TO WMBR Students, Staff and Faculty.
Contact: Generoso Fierro, 13-2090, x3-5965, generoso@mit.edu
Sponsor: WMBR Radio
Cosponsor: Comparative Media Studies

Mathematics Department Music Recital
Dana Mendelson, Michael Andrews, Rosalie Belanger-Rioux
Tue Jan 31, 03:30-05:45pm, Killian Recital Hall

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

This annual concert gives those in the mathematics community, together with family and friends, a chance to perform for each other. Come to play or listen.
Contact: Dana Mendelson, 2-251, x3-7566, dmende@math.mit.edu
Sponsor: Mathematics

Middle Eastern Drumming
Ethan Sokol, Guest teacher George Kirby class of '79
Thu Jan 19, 07:30-09:30pm, W20 - Coffee House, Student Center 3rd floor

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Spend an evening learning Middle Eastern rhythms on the dara bukka/dumbeg, an hourglass-shaped drum. We will be learning and practicing a variety of rhythms and techniques, especially as used for folk dancing. Bring your own drum if you have one. If you have any interest in learning more about Middle Eastern culture this program is for you!
We have a few extras drums to use for practice, feel free to come with other instruments.
Contact: Ethan Sokol, esokol@mit.edu
Sponsor: Hillel

Musical Mechanical Engineers
Barbara Hughey
Fri Feb 3, 02-04:00pm, Killian Hall

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 16-Dec-2011
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Participate in the second annual IAP Course 2 concert! Anyone affiliated with the Mechanical Engineering department is invited to perform in a concert to be held in Killian Hall on Friday, Feb 3, 2012 at 2 PM. The hall will be available in the morning for run-throughs, and the concert will be in the afternoon. You will need to form your own group from the list of musicians who have signed up. Information is posted on the Wiki (link below).

Late signups OK, see contact info below.
Web: https://wikis.mit.edu/confluence/display/2IAPCONCERT/Home
Contact: Barbara Hughey, bhughey@mit.edu
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering

New Musical Interfaces
Angela Chang, Taras Mashtalir
Mon Jan 30, 01-03:00pm, E15-525

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 50 participants.
Single session event
Prereq: Attendees would be encouraged to have their iPhone/iPads ava
Fee: 20.00 for Participant might buy apps for their iPad

Create music on iPhone/iPad workshop! This seminar introduces contemporary tools and methods for creating music composition and performance using iPhone/iPad for generating and modulating sound, controlling various parameters via midi and OSC, etc.
The goal is to transform complex music theoretical knowledge into an easy to use musical instrument.
Web: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1EezOgCqvB_Sw1V0yUmbTGzqAWEdjtlcHkGerBR3sbo8
Contact: Angela Chang, E15-468A, (617) 452-5674, anjchang@mit.edu
Sponsor: Media Arts & Sciences

Ringing in Towers
Dennis Wilson, Cally Perry, Elaine Hansen, Daniel O'Donovan
Wed Jan 18, 07-09:00pm, Church of the Advent
Sun Jan 22, 02-04:00pm, Old North Church
Wed Jan 25, 07-09:00pm, Church of the Advent
Sat Jan 28, 11am-01:00pm, Old North Church
Wed Feb 1, 07-09:00pm, Church of the Advent

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Change ringing is the traditional British style of ringing bells. We follow mathematical patterns instead of sheet music to ring up to 8 large tower bells with each bell controlled by a single rope. We ring the bells at Church of the Advent and Old North Church in Boston.

We have organized a several open practices particularly to focus on beginners. We ask that you attend one of these sessions first before coming to our regular practices in order to get an in-depth introduction to change ringing and one-on-one instruction.

If you are unable to make one of these special sessions but are still interested in learning to ring, please contact us.

Please wear comfortable, warm clothes. No previous musical experience necessary. We often go out to for a bite to eat after practice, and you are welcome to join us.

The Guild of Bellringers is a secular organization. All are welcome.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/bellringers/www
Contact: Dennis Wilson, (812) 345-4534, dennisw@mit.edu
Sponsor: Guild of Bellringers

The Genesis of a New Symphony
John Harbison, David Zinman, Conductor, Paula Murrihy, Benjamin Schwartz
Wed Jan 11, 06-07:15pm, W16, Kresge Auditor.

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

In anticipation of the world premiere performances of John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on January 12, 13, 14 and 17, 2012, the BSO and MIT will jointly present a roundtable discussion on the genesis of the new composition at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium from 6-7pm on Wednesday, January 11. The discussion will focus on several different aspects of the new work: its commissioning, composition, and rehearsal.

Joining composer and MIT Institute Professor John Harbison in the discussion will be Maestro David Zinman, a longtime advocate of Mr. Harbison’s music, who will conduct the BSO for these performances, and mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, who will sing Mr. Harbison’s setting of James Wright’s poem Entering the Temple in Nimes, featured in the first movement of the new symphony. The discussion will be moderated by BSO Assistant Artistic Administrator Benjamin Schwartz, and will include a live performance of a vocal excerpt of the symphony with Ms. Murrihy. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an insightful event. A reception in the lobby will follow at the close of the roundtable discussion.
Contact: Vanessa Gardner, 4-243, x3-2826, vgardner@mit.edu
Sponsor: Music and Theater Arts

The Healing Power of Music
Lauren Zander, Gabriella Jordan
Mon Jan 30, Wed Feb 1, Fri Feb 3, 10am-01:00pm, E51-376

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 20-Jan-2012
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: Designing Your Life or Facing Love and Relationships classes

Come explore how music can heal and direct your life.
This class will focus on both your personal issues and how music can alter and direct your relationship to those issues. This class is an experiment for those people who
have already taken the Designing Your Life program. It is a chance to help design a new body of work with Lauren Zander (the creator of the HandelMethodR Designing Your Life program) and help her articulate and develop a theory about the healing power of music. We will explore the impact of music and how it can inform and further your life lessons.

Please come prepared to think, share, find music and discuss your lessons.

This class is lead by Executives of the Handel Group who have been teaching at MIT since 2006 (in a course now called Designing Your Life). The Handel Group is an international coaching and training company which has trained thousands of people to identify where they are holding themselves back and then free themselves to fulfill their lives' missions.
Contact: Nicole Ryan, nsuhrie@mit.edu
Sponsor: Office of Undergrad. Advising/Academic Programming

World Folk Music Jam Session
Ariel Weinberg, Yaron Shragai
Thu Jan 19, 07:30-09:30pm, W20 PDR 1+2 (3rd fl)

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Learn to play in time signatures you've never heard of!

An open jam session featuring traditional folk dance music from a variety of countries, led by Skorosmrtnica, a local folk dance band with its roots at MIT.

Tunes will be from the Balkans (Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Greek, and others) and a variety of other genres (klezmer, Romanian, Armenian, Israeli, Breton (the Celtic part of France), Russian, German, Scottish, Swedish, Quebecois, English, and American old time).

Sheet music will be provided. Bring an instrument, or come to listen. No folk music experience necessary!
Web: http://mit.edu/fdc
Contact: Ariel Weinberg, N51-210, 253-3378, asweinbe@mit.edu
Sponsor: Folk Dance Club

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