• On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

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  • On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    Photo: Dominick Reuter

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  • On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    Photo: Dominick Reuter

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  • On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    Photo: Dominick Reuter

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  • On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

    Photo: Dominick Reuter

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  • The members of the Caracas Brass brought with them a proclamation, from El Sistema — a music education program in Venezuela — for President L. Rafael Reif. The proclamation, in Spanish, was translated for the audience by MIT's executive vice president and treasurer, Israel Ruiz, center, who is a native of Barcelona.

    The members of the Caracas Brass brought with them a proclamation, from El Sistema — a music education program in Venezuela — for President L. Rafael Reif. The proclamation, in Spanish, was translated for the audience by MIT's executive vice president and treasurer, Israel Ruiz, center, who is a native of Barcelona.

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  • Reif addresses the community members gathered for the performance.

    Reif addresses the community members gathered for the performance.

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  • Reif and his family joined members of the MIT community in a packed Kresge Auditorium for the performance.

    Reif and his family joined members of the MIT community in a packed Kresge Auditorium for the performance.

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  • Reif meets with the members of the Caracas Brass.

    Reif meets with the members of the Caracas Brass.

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Slideshow: Thursday's Inaugural Celebration Concert

On Thursday evening, the Council for the Arts at MIT sponsored an Inauguration Celebration Concert with Venezuela's Caracas Brass, an ensemble of horns and percussion — from the larger Simón Bolívar Orchestra — that has previously toured internationally to great acclaim.

An evening with Venezuela's Caracas Brass


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.


Topics: Arts, Community, Faculty, Inauguration, Music, President L. Rafael Reif, Special events and guest speakers, Staff, Students

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