UPCOMING CONCERT! Friday, May 3, 8pm Kresge Auditorium
Reserve tickets for FREE! $5 at the doorMIT Wind Ensemble
Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director
Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor
Anirudh Arun '13, piano
Southern Notebook, is designed to celebrate the contributions of pianist and MIT senior Anirudh Arun to the MIT Wind Ensemble. Though the piano plays a prominent role, Southern Notebook is not a traditional concerto, but rather a cycle of eight short, interrelated character pieces. The movements, entitled "Cypress", "Porch", "Birmingham", "Mountain Music", "Rag", "Whirligig", "Reprise" and "Invitation" are musical responses to images and experiences gleaned from a lifetime of travels in the American South.
- Dvorak (trans. Amis), Slavonic Dances No. 1, op. 72
- Schmidt, Hommage a Stravinsky
- Ito, Gloriosa: Symphonic Poem for Winds
- Shadle, Southern Notebook - world premiere
- Pierne, Introduction et Variations sur une Ronde Populaire (MITWE Saxophone Quartet)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rehearsals are held Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:30 PM in Kresge Auditorium. May be taken for credit: 21M.426.
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.
MITWE rehearses Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 each week in Kresge Auditorium.