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MIT musicians create new chamber ensemble

To fill the void of musical events in the city at a time when many musicians move out to the music festivals for the summer, the newly formed Aurelius Ensemble will present two chamber music concerts in July and August in MIT's Killian Hall.

The ensemble's debut concert on Thursday, July 23 at 8pm is titled "Fun, Wit and Humor" and features performances of Tartini's Devil's Trill; Beethoven's Clarinet Trio (reduction of Septet); Roussel's Trio for flute, viola and cello; and Dohnanyi's Sextet. The second concert, "Unabashed Angst," will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8pm.

Founded by and comprised of MIT-affiliated musicians, the ensemble is named after Professor Marcus Aurelius Thompson, an internationally acclaimed violist and chamber music player, to honor his 25 years of musical contributions to MIT. Professor Thompson, the Taylor Professor of Music since 1995 and professor of music since 1973, founded the MIT Chamber Music Society during his first year at the Institute and continues to promote and coach chamber music as head of the Society.

The concerts have been made possible through the support of MIT's Council for the Arts and the music and theatre arts section. For more information, call x3-2906.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on July 15, 1998.

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