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National Public Radio's November 13 broadcast of "The World of Opera" will feature the Houston Grand Opera's performance of Resurrection, written by Media Laboratory Associate Professor Tod Machover (music) and Music and Theater Arts Lecturer Laura Harrington (libretto). Preceding the broadcast, Lou Santacroce will interview Professor Machover for the irreverent "At the Opera." Unfortunately, the program isn't carried by Boston-area affiliates.

Laura Harrington will read from her new work, Pickett's Charge -- a modern comedy about Civil War re-enactors -- at the Clapp Library Lecture Room at Wellesley College on November 14 at 4pm.

Two MIT staffers will share the stage at the December 13 Blacksmith House Reading Series at 8:15pm at 42 Brattle St. in Cambridge. Robin Lippincott (senior secretary, Department of Materials Science and Engineering) will read from his latest novel, Mr. Dalloway: A Novella, and Andrea Cohen (communications director, Sea Grant Program) from her book of poetry, The Cartographer's Vacation.

The Museum Loan Network has been re-funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts with $3.8 million over the next three years. The MIT-based program was created in October 1995 to encourage and facilitate the long-term borrowing and lending of art objects among museums to increase the public's access to a wealth of objects currently in storage.

The October 14 concert by the New England Conservatory Honors Orchestra featured a double bill of MIT musicianship. Professor Marcus Thompson was the viola soloist for Institute Professor John Harbison's 1990 Viola Concerto. "The concerto's four movements prove to be strikingly individuated as to scale, texture, and even emotional temperature," wrote the Boston Globe's Richard Buell, noting that "soloist Marcus Thompson... positively reveled in it."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 10, 1999.


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