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MITSO Review Does The Tech a Disservice

MITSO Review Does The Tech a Disservice

I recently came across the review of the concert given by the MIT Symphony Orchestra on March 10 ["MIT Symphony disappoints in group supporting role," March 14]. I hope it is not too late to request someone other than Thomas Chen to review the orchestra. He did a real disservice to the credibility of The Tech in writing his last review.

If Chen believes that the violin sections "sound like someone taking a rake and dragging it over a chalkboard," then why does he bother going to the concerts? Actually, I would like to ask if he really went to this concert. Contrary to his snobbish, derogatory comments, the strings played in tune and with good tone. The orchestra played well as an ensemble. Granted, there were mistakes; this is an amateur orchestra, composed mostly of very busy students. These mistakes aside, the Tchaikovsky was very well received by the audience.

Strangers approached members of the orchestra after the concert to praise the performance of the Tchaikovsky. Professional musicians told [Conductor David] Epstein that it was a remarkably fine performance. If the performance was truly as horrible as Chen would lead one to believe, then why would audience members say such things?

In addition to writing statements that verge on libel, Chen writes laughably bad prose. His description of the Tchaikovsky seems to come from liner notes, and extremely poor ones at that. There are technical flaws as well. He uses tautologies, such as "a popular favorite." I have never heard of an unpopular favorite. "Bassoon" is spelled, as one can see, with not one "s," but two. Someone using such superior tones in his writing ought to take care that the writing itself is impeccable.

I realize that this review was an individual's opinion, but Chen seems to have his objective reviewing abilities clouded by prejudices. In the interest of fair reporting, The Tech should send someone else to the performance of the German Requiem. Chen does not seem up to the task.

Rebecca F. Harris

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