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What happens when freshman musicians who don't want their performing skills to get rusty meet a group of MIT staff and students who sing every Monday at noon? They join forces in a concert.
Sponsored by the MIT Episcopal chaplaincy, current members and student alumni/ae of Rusty Axe, an orchestra originating as a freshman seminar, join the Noon-Time Singers to perform Vivaldi's Gloria in D major on Friday, Feb. 6, at 8pm in the MIT Chapel. Theconcert will benefit the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Drug Abuse and Alcoholism (CASPAR). Admission is $2 or two cans of food.
Soloists are sopranos Alanna Pinkerton (a freshman Rusty Axe member) and Christine Mleynek of Resource Development's Office of Foundation Relations (who also serves as chorus accompanist) and alto Ann Busby of Opera unMet, a company of professional and amateur singers from the Boston area. Marshall Hughes, program administrator in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, will share conducting duties with Professor Arthur Steinberg of anthropology.
Now in its sixth year, Rusty Axe is led by Mr. Hughes, the founder and director of Opera unMet. He is also a part-time faculty member at the Boston Conservatory of Music.
The Noon-Time Singers were formed about six years ago by staff from Resource Development. The group has grown to include staff members from all over the Institute, graduate students, one undergraduate and an alumnus. Alumni Association staff member Nancy Howells is the group's conductor.
"It's great when people who share the love of music can come together and perform just to perform," said Mr. Hughes.
For more information, call Carla Lane at x3-3837.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 4, 1998.