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The inauguration of L. Rafael Reif as MIT’s 17th president presented the Institute with a splendid occasion to showcase its long-standing and highly creative engagement with music in its many forms. A concert by the Caracas Brass, an offshoot of the famous Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, sounded a brilliant fanfare for the larger celebration. On Sept. 20, the Caracas Brass presented a sophisticated program of classical and contemporary works, including works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mendelssohn and trumpet-maestro Enrique Crespo. The concert, held in MIT Kresge Auditorium, was sponsored by the Council for the Arts at MIT.