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Hughes sets 'National Insecurity' to music; performance is Nov. 13

Curtis K. Hughes, lecturer in music theory at MIT, and New Jersey composer David T. Little return to Killian Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13, as the curators of the second annual "National Insecurity" concert.

Their theme, once again, is contemporary political music. "This time we have a marathon lineup with about 20 musicians coming from out of town and about three hours of music," Hughes says.

The program features socially relevant music by young composers, including Dennis DeSantis, Sophocles Papavasilopoulos, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli and Keeril Makan, as well as by political music veterans John Halle and Frederic Rzewski. The show will also include music by Little and Hughes.

Joining in this year's concert is Free Speech Zone, a composers collective from New York City. Their "Night of Politically Charged Music" will include the Cambridge debut of Newspeak, an ensemble that fuses art music with political thought, as well as a return of the NOW Ensemble, which presents works by emerging composers.

A special performance by the Boston/Tucson-based saxophone and percussion duo Non Zero will open the concert.

The free concert is at 3 p.m. For more information, call (617) 899-8238 or visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 9, 2005 (download PDF).

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