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Arts section ignored musical group


To the Editor:

I am writing in response to what I believe to be a serious omission in Jonathan Richmond's article entitled "Local Classics: Beantown Baroque, Cantabrigian Classical."

Mr. Richmond made a thorough report of the local student- and non-student-run classical music activities, but inexplicably failed to mention any of the MIT-Wellesley Madrigal Groups, of which there are two.

While it is true that both the Wellesley Madrigal Singers and the Collegium Musicum give their public concerts toward the end of the term, Mr. Richmond should certainly have at least mentioned the two groups, both of which have MIT-affiliated members.

The Wellesley Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Wellesley Professor Jim Ladewig, combines Madrigals and Madrigal-like works with a fascinating assortment of period instruments in its concerts.

Participation is open to all interested singers and instrumentalists. The first concert given by the Collegium during my participation in the group (postered at both MIT and Wellesley) was only moderately attended, and no review appeared in either The Tech or any of the Wellesley newspapers.

This omission I find not quite as irritating as one I shall discuss in the subsequent paragraph, as the collegium is not as public in its announcements of concerts as is the Madrigal Singers.

The Wellesley Madrigal Singers is an entirely student-run organization at Wellesley, in which MIT-affiliated people comprise 80 percent of the male voices.


Auditions for interested MIT students are held at the start of every term and are well-publicized through postering campaigns; unfortunately, information about the group and its activities submitted to The Tech has in the past been withheld from the MIT community.


Two of the current members are MIT undergraduates, making the report's omission even more dumbfounding. And as if this were not bad enough, I should note that not a single Tech Arts reporter reviewed the Madrigals' MIT Chapel Concert last term, nor, to the best of my knowledge, did anyone Tech-related even attend the concert.

This, despite the fact that one of our members hand-delivered an announcement of the conert to the Tech offices over a week prior thereto.

If The Tech wishes to consider its arts department a comprehensive one, then I seriously recommend that it do a little "investigative journalism" and find out what's going on right in its own backyard.

David Saslav '86->