Professor debuts piece at Carnegie Hall
An American Composers Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall on March 2 that featured music by Frank Zappa also included the world premiere of Assistant Professor Brian Robison's "In Search of the Miraculous." The New York Times noted the composition's "textural elements in common with the Zappa works ... Its attraction was its changeability: the writing ranged from frenetic and circus-like to gently lyrical, and the transitions seemed natural." Newsday called Robison's composition, the "concert's high point," calling it a "strikingly fresh, multifaceted offering from an intelligent composer." The MIT Wind Ensemble will present another Robison world premiere, "The Congress of Insomniacs," in a concert on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Deveau a 'Steinway artist'
Senior lecturer David Deveau will be one of the "Steinway artists" performing at Symphony Hall on Saturday, March 15. The Gala Concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Steinway and Sons Piano manufacturing firm. Deveau will perform MIT Professor Peter Child's "Doubles" (1999) a piece composed for him. He'll also play the Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau in C minor, Op.39 No.1, and will perform in other works for multiple pianos. This event will benefit the educational programs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and and will be taped by WGBH-TV.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 12, 2003.