• Tara Greenblatt will perform on the West African djembe at Kresge Auditorium on March 12 as one of three solo performers in the American Music Series concert,

    Tara Greenblatt will perform on the West African djembe at Kresge Auditorium on March 12 as one of three solo performers in the American Music Series concert, "The Art of the Song."

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Broad spectrum of American music celebrated in spring concert series

Tara Greenblatt will perform on the West African djembe at Kresge Auditorium on March 12 as one of three solo performers in the American Music Series concert, "The Art of the Song."


MIT recently kicked off a series of 12 concerts celebrating the diversity and range of American music.

Performed by artists from MIT and beyond, the concerts highlight the spectrum of American works in several genres, including jazz, folk, contemporary classical, world music, chamber music and musical theater.

"There is something for everyone in this series," said series coordinator Frederick Harris, a lecturer in music and director of the MIT Wind Ensemble.

During the six-week series (March 2-May 10), special guests include Blue Note recording artist Joe Lovano, violinist and artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota Young-Nam Kim, and the Ithaca College Woodwind Quintet. Performances will feature the MIT Wind Ensemble, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Concert Choir, MIT Symphony Orchestra and works by faculty members Peter Child, Evan Ziporyn and Mark Harvey. The series also includes original folk music by local singers and songwriters and performances by Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and the Art Lande jazz trio.

The next concert, scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, presents "The Art of the Song," a thoughtful evening of original music with local singers and songwriters Oen Kennedy, Tara Greenblatt and Brian Webb. The 8 p.m. concert in Kresge Auditorium will be preceded by a talk/demonstration on "Creating a Song" at 7:15 p.m.

Most performances in the series begin at 8 p.m. Many are preceded by an artist's talk at 7:15 p.m. Watch the Arts Calendar for schedule information.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 6, 2002.


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