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Family Weekend offers medley of melody

Relatives visiting over Family Weekend may wonder if the "M" in MIT stands for music, as their concert choices range from classical to folk, performed by 10 MIT ensembles plus visiting musicians.

On Friday, Oct. 15, Fred Harris will make his debut as the new director of the MIT Wind Ensemble, the MIT Concert Band and the Festival Jazz Ensemble. With this free preview concert, each group will present a few short works to give the audience an auditory glimpse of what they're about. The program includes Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Outdoor Overture; Schuman's George Washington Bridge; Ch������vez's Toccata for Percussion; Gounod's Petite Symphonie; Hasse's Pulling, and jazz compositions from the Basie and Ellington libraries. The concert is at 6pm in Kresge Auditorium.

Two very different concerts on Saturday night (October 16) will present a panorama of the scope of musical talent among MIT's student body. The traditional Family Weekend A Cappella Concert allows the Chorallaries of MIT (co-ed), the MIT/Wellesley Toons (co-ed), the Logarhythms (men), the Muses (women) and the Cross Products (Christian) to strut their individual brands of unaccompanied harmonies and highjinks at 7:30pm in the Sala de Puerto Rico.

Classical fare can be heard that night from the MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO) and the MIT Concert Choir at 8pm in Kresge Auditorium. See the Arts Calendar for more information.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 6, 1999.

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