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��������� Associate Professor Brenda Cotto-Escalera directs the Theater Offensive's production of Immaculate Infection, the play that asks, "How can a spicy Latina housewife and cranky Jewish diva cure AIDS? It might take more than chicken recipes." The show runs Thursdays and Fridays from June 8-24 at the Boston Center for the Arts' Black Box Theater. For more information, call 426-5336.

��������� On June 30, the Rockport Chamber Festival will present a preview of Song of the Silkie, a work for string quartet and baritone, with text by playwright Laura Harrington and music by Elena Ruehr, both lecturers in the music and theater arts section.

��������� "When you consider that maybe one in four of MIT's students might just as well have qualified for admission to the New England Conservatory, the anecdotal correlation between music and the sciences acquires evidentiary weight," wrote Boston Globe correspondent Michael Manning in his review of the MIT Symphony Orchestra's May 12 concert. Mr. Manning praised the orchestra's "solid musical values," conductor Dante Anzolini's "simple, unaffected direction," and noted that pianist David Deveau (soloist for Beethoven's Emperor concerto) "stressed lyricism over grandeur... [taking] pains to illuminate, even manipulate the harmonic rhythm, exposing chordal contours submerged in the texture, stressing leading tones and upbeats to gild the stately masterpiece with flecks of detail."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.

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