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Boston Musica Viva will present Professor Peter Child's Ensemblance in "Synthesizers, Samples and Other Creatures That Go Beep in the Night," on Friday, Feb. 6 at 8pm at the Longy School of Music's Edward Pickman Concert Hall in Cambridge. BMV is offering a discount ticket price of $7 to members of the MIT community. Composers Child, Mario Davidovsky and Eric Chasalow will discuss the synthesis of technology and musicianship in their compositions in a pre-concert event titled "Music and Technology: Getting the Cart Behind the Horse" at 7pm. The talk is free for concert ticket-holders. For more information, call 354-6910.

Choice Magazine has selected Music and the Silent Screen (Oxford University Press) by Martin Marks, senior lecturer in music and theater arts, as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1997. Mr. Marks is currently working on a follow-up volume, Music of the Early Sound Film, 1925-55.

"Brody is a craftsman of dialogue with an instinct for details that confer authenticity," wrote the Boston Globe's Skip Ascheim in a review of The Housewives of Mannheim by Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody, produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre. In the Boston Herald, Iris Fanger also praised "Brody's skill in creating engaging characters."

Laura Harrington, lecturer in music and theater arts, and Professor Tod Machover of the Media Lab have been commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera to write a new opera titled Resurrection, based on Tolstoy's last novel. The opera will premiere in 1999. Ms. Harrington recently won a Massachusetts Cultural Council artist grant for playwriting.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 4, 1998.

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