The music of Edward Cohen (1940-2002), a beloved MIT composer, performer and senior lecturer, lives on in annual MIT concerts supported by a fund established by Music and Theater Arts along with Cohen’s friends family, and colleagues.
For this year’s concert on Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. in Killian Hall, the acclaimed Radius Ensemble will present a free concert featuring Cohen's Clarinet Quintet, the Capriccio for piano, and the Suite for flute. Also featured will be Echo for piano trio by Marjorie Merryman and a work by MIT alum Andrew McPherson ‘04 commissioned for the occasion.
Of Edward Cohen, MIT Professor of Music Emeritus Ellen Harris, said, "For 25 years, Ed shared with students his love of music that is imaginative and well-made. He brought the same qualities to bear on his own compositions and created music that combines attributes not always typical in modern music: originality, beauty, and form. His music is a gift to cherish.”
Boston Globe music critic Richard Buell agreed, calling Cohen’s music “lyric, long-spanned, striking, obviously modern … and all of it built like a steel trap.”
Concert free and open to the public; a reception follows.