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Performing Arts Groups

The Chorallaries

The Chorallaries is MIT’s only co-ed, secular, all-MIT a cappella singing group. Organized in 1978, the group is known for its varied and somewhat unique repertoire which ranges from the serious to the whimsical. All arrangements are done by present or past members of the group and include rock, pop, jazz, folk, classical, industrial, rap, country, and anything else that can be imagined. The Chorallaries hold several concerts each year, including their famous (or perhaps infamous) Concert in Bad Taste. Auditions for the group are held each fall in the week before classes begin.

For more information: <http://www.mit.edu/ activities/choral/home.html>, choral-info@mit.edu

The MIT Concert Band

The MIT Concert Band is made up of students and alumni who play original works for wind band and premiere annual commissions. The band believes that the wind band is an important and unique means of musical expression and that its repertoire is deserving of performance. After 51 years under Conductor Laureate John Corley, the band will welcome Fred Harris as its new conductor this fall, and the coming year looks to be very exciting and fun. Along with performing in four yearly concerts, members have the opportunity to interact with guest composers and soloists and enjoy a comprehensive musical experience. The band also plans to continue its tradition of occasional tours and outreach programs. The band rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m. Membership is by audition only, and auditions will be held during the first week of classes.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ band/>, bavicchi-lives@mit.edu

Concert Choir (21M.401)

The MIT Concert Choir, directed by Bill Cutter, is a vocal ensemble composed of about 120 members of the MIT community, including both graduate and undergraduate students. Concert Choir is a 6-unit class (21M.401) and satisfies part of the performance requirement for music students. One semester of 21M.401 counts as half of a HASS-E. However, many members of Concert Choir do not participate to earn credit but rather for the general love of singing.

Concert Choir typically performs for the MIT community once or twice per term. Past concerts have included performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in F Major, and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. This fall, Concert Choir will perform works by Francis Poulenc and Mozart.

Besides performing at MIT, Concert Choir has traveled to other places in the past. In March of 1999, Concert Choir went on tour outside of the United States. About 60 members of the choir rehearsed a special program, which was performed in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria.

During the term, rehearsals take place on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in 2-190. Auditions typically occur at the first rehearsal and consist of learning a short excerpt from the term’s music and singing it with an octet. All interested parties are welcome.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ 21m401/www/>, cutcomp@mit.edu or jackal1@mit.edu

MIT Cross Products

The Cross Products is the only co-ed Christian a cappella group at MIT. It is made up of members from MIT’s Christian community, all sharing a common goal in singing our songs for the God we love.

The group’s name refers not only to the mathematical term of multiplication between two vectors, but also to the fact that although we are all very different, we find unity in being products of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Each year, the group holds a Fall and Spring concert, where they get a chance to share with the audience a repertoire of everything from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian music to parodies of popular songs. The group is also committed to serving the community. Last year they visited and sang at a nursing home, and hope to continue the tradition this year. The Cross Products also traveled to London last spring break, where we sang for local churches, college groups, and passers-by on the bustling streets of London.

This year, in addition to the regular events, the group is also recording a new CD, which hopes to follow in the footsteps of their first CD, Right Hand Rule.

While last year turned out to be one of the most fun and energetic groups Cross Products has ever had, the members hope to continue to entertain and challenge their audiences in the coming year.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ crossp/www/>, shiau_d@mit.edu

The MIT Dance Mix Coalition

The MIT Dance Mix Coalition is a gathering of student DJs and dance music enthusiasts. Started in 1998, the MITDMC advises and provides MIT organizations with DJ information and equipment support. The MITDMC also hosts non-alcoholic parties to provide a safe yet enjoyable alternative on campus.

“We don’t believe that alcohol is needed for a good party,” says Philip Tan ‘01, MITDMC president. “We give a reason for people to stay sober: our DJs are encouraged to do non-stop beat-matched mixes, to use scratches, to slip in surprises in the music. When the music is good, people don’t need to drink to have fun.”

Notable events include Theta Playstation with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Fierce Forever 3 with GaMIT, the Class of 2002 Formal, Spring Weekend ‘99 and performances at the Student Center in Toscanini’s Ice Cream or on the steps. The MITDMC helped turn Morss Hall into an auditorium for the Asian dinner-concert ‘Grains of Rice’. DJs and organizations regularly hire MITDMC equipment for low rates.

The biggest event was ‘SP@MIT’ last February, when the MITDMC collaborated with the Anime Club and the Ballroom Dance Team to entertain over 400 people.

“The next step is to have a regular night on campus. This will be a great opportunity for student DJs to play less mainstream music and for music-lovers to hear it all in context. Look forward to jungle, breakbeat, house, trance and turntablism nights coming to campus. Of course, there will be hip-hop and mainstream dance too.”

The MITDMC does not charge membership fees and members can loan out equipment to try their hand at DJ skills. The MITDMC also conducts classes during IAP and the Freshman Arts Program to share their experience with interested students. Large events like ‘SP@MIT’ and ‘Rule of Nines’ are free-of-charge for the MIT and Wellesley community thanks to support from MIT funding organizations.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ mitdmc/www>, mitdmc-officers@mit.edu

The MIT Folk Dance Club

The MIT Folk Dance club sponsors three different nights of folk dancing each week. Sunday is International Dance night (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.), concentrating on Eastern European, American, Middle Eastern, European, Indian and other dances. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the group holds a Contra Dance with exciting live music. This traditional American dance form is fun and easy to learn. Wednesday (7 p.m.- 11 p.m.) is devoted to a weekly Israeli Dance, with early teaching from 7-8 p.m.

The Folk Dance Club also sponsors Vinovana, a folk orchestra and chorus that plays for some of their International dances. International dance night also occasionally has live music provided by other ensembles.

We cater to both beginners and more experienced dancers. Each dance session includes plenty of teaching throughout. Try out the Beginners’ Nights: International dance beginners’ nights are on September 19th and 26th, and Israeli dance nights are September 8 and 15. Beginners are always welcome at the Contra Dances, especially on September 14th and 28th. No partners are necessary.

Dance locations vary from week to week -- you can always find out where we are dancing and get other information from our web site, <http://web.mit.edu/fdc/> or by calling the Folk Phone hotline at 253-FOLK.

We also maintain email lists to announce dances. To subscribe, please email fdc-request@mit.edu and let us know which types of dance you want to know about.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/fdc/>, fdc-request@mit.edu

MIT Gospel Choir

The MIT Gospel Choir has been in existence for over 30 years. In the last two years the choir has experience an amazing revival. The membership has tripled in the last year and the quality of the music has greatly improved since the recent addition of a new director, Carlton Haynes. Haynes is a professional musician with extensive training in gospel and jazz musical forms. He has brought the choir a long way in the two short semesters he has been the director. Appearances during the 1998-1999 academic year include The 1998 Gospel Academy Awards, Kuumbafest at Harvard, MIT’s annual Ebony Affair and several local churches.

In addition, the choir hosts its own Spring and Fall concerts and a two to three day tour during IAP. The choir is concerned with promoting racial unity and exploring the uniquely American art form of gospel music. But above all, the choir is committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. The choir welcomes members from any race, religious background and musical ability. No auditions are necessary. Rehearsals- Saturdays from 2-4:30 in room 407 of the Stratton Student Center

For more information: gospel-adm@mit.edu

Marching Band

The MIT Marching Band is the premiere student-run athletic music and spirit organization at MIT. They play, march, and heckle during football, soccer, hockey, tuition riot, etc. You name it, and they’ll consider it. During the season (August-January), they have music rehearsals on Wednesday nights, and marching rehearsals Saturday mornings. The marching band plays at most home football games, and travels to some games within a T ride. Anyone with spirit and an open mind is welcome to join.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ marching-band/www/ >

Muses

Founded in 1988, the Muses are twelve women who form MIT’s premiere all-women’s a cappella group. Even though the MIT workload is sometimes unbearable, members find time to relax and have fun through their voices. The group’s repertoire definitely shows their love of variety -- over 20 of the Muses’ songs were released on our debut recording Ambrosia, and their recently recorded their 2nd CD, Elysian Fields, was nominated for best female collegiate a capella album.

Singing on campus sometimes makes members restless, so to spice up their lives, the group enjoys traveling to different colleges and taking on paying gigs. Last year’s events included concerts at University of Vermont, Colby College, and Tufts University, as well as a tour to Orlando which allowed them to sing at several universities on the way and at the Magic Kingdom. One of our most exciting performances of the year was singing the national anthem at a Boston Celtics game. The Muses are entering an exciting ’99-00 season with another tour and CD in sight.

For more information about auditions or concerts: <http://www.mit.edu/ activities/muse>, aleong@mit.edu

Oori

Oori is a Boston p’ungmul group whose members are passionate about learning Korean traditional music. Oori practices Korean traditional drums (janggo, buk, kwaenggari, and jing) and offers opportunities to learn talchum and minyo, Korean traditional dance and songs, respectively, and the history behind it all. Oori is an energized bunch made up of students from MIT, Harvard, and Berklee College of Music and also community members in the Boston area. Oori meets every saturday from 1-4 p.m. and practices in one of the practice rooms in Kresge auditorium.

For more information, glim@mit.edu.

Roadkill Buffet

Roadkill Buffet, MIT’s Yummiest Improv Comedy Troupe, is getting ready this year to yet again bring the people what they want: the best comedy around. We’ve been keeping our comedy muscles in shape this summer and we’re ripped.

The group’s brand of improv is a mix of short game type formats, musical bits and more lengthy and involved formats, called “long form.” Throughout the year they rehearse once a week, and then perform at MIT once a month. Plus, RKB does shows off campus with other local college improv troupes and travels all over the country to improv festivals. Last year the group went to Ohio, and the year before that to Washington D. C.

At the beginning of each semester RKB holds open auditions for the MIT community to get new recruits, or as members like to call them, “fresh-kill.” No prior experience is necessary, but if you have it, it’s greatly welcomed. They also hold workshops over IAP for people who want to learn more about improv.

For more information: <http://www.mit.edu/ ~roadkill>, rkb@mit.edu

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble is a team of people committed to creating a collaborative theater environment in which the full potential of Shakespeare’s work can be realized. They perform one full-length show and one night of scenes every term. Members also share a common interest in the idea of a theater ensemble: a group of people who work together on a long-term basis to produce shows. This emphasis on the ensemble produces another dimension to our work not found in other theater groups at MIT.

The Ensemble is a student run group, although they are most fortunate to have Michael Ouellette, a member of MIT’s Theatre Arts Department, as our faculty advisor. Our most recent major shows include “Pericles” directed by Michael Ouellette last spring and “Measure for Measure” directed by Kristin Wold and Tom Jaeger from Shakespeare and Company last fall. This fall the group is preparing a deconstruction of the play “Taming of the Shrew” adapted and directed by Michael Ouellette.

For information about the group or our upcoming productions: <http://www.mit.edu/ activities/ensemble/>

Tech Squares

Tech Squares is MIT’s modern square and round dance club. They offer a 13-week class in modern square dancing every semester. In addition the group regularly offers two to three week classes on round dancing- a type of cued partner dance similar to ballroom.

Classes are open to the public, discounted to students. No partner or experience is required.

Tech Squares meets every Thursday from 8-11p.m. in the Student Center, with squares and rounds interweaved throughout the evening. Rounds classes go from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays.

We also dance some Saturdays at the Plus level (for experienced square dancers only).

For more information: <http://www.mit.edu/ activities/tech-squares/>, squares@mit.edu