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The MIT Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dante Anzolini, will perform at Symphony Hall's 13th annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. MITSO's program includes Martucci's "Notturno," Bartok's "Miraculous Mandarin Suite" and Stravinsky's "Fireworks." The open house, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature an unprecedented number of BSO musicians, a question-and-answer session with BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa and Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and a rare public performance by Lockhart on piano with his wife, BSO violinist Lucia Lin. Admission is free.

Afro-Brazilian choreographer/dancer Isaura Oliveira, a guest instructor in the music and theater arts section, will take part in a multidisciplinary conference titled, "Rhythm and Ritual: Spiritual and Musical Transformations from Africa to the Americas." The conference, featuring panel discussions, workshops and performances, takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28 at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education at 42 Brattle St. Preregistration is required; the full two-day conference costs $125 but sections can be taken individually. For more information, call (617) 547-6789.

"Finding a Place for Godot," a photographic exhibition by Professor of Architecture Ed Levine will be on view at the Boston Public Library's Deferrari Hall from Nov. 1-29. The show explores how "Waiting for Godot"--which exists as both a play and a book--journeys from a linguistic to a sculptural object. Levine notes that "a book can transform its character in the library from a container of language and ideas into a poetic object." In conjunction with the exhibit, Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody will give a talk on "Beckett and Nothingness: Levine and Somethingness" at the library (700 Boylston St.) on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Mezzanine Conference Room.

The MIT Alumni Association's online journal OpenDOOR is now holding an interactive forum with Ellen T. Harris, the Class of 1949 Professor of Music and head of the music and theater arts. Through the month of October, anyone can submit a question to Harris, MIT's first associate provost for the arts, who is also a specialist in baroque opera and a lyric spinto soprano. Dr. Harris will select three questions to answer in the December edition of OpenDOOR. Submit questions here.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 24, 2001.

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