Fall 2018 performances


Note: For the dates Oct. 24, Nov. 7, and Dec. 19
the performance venue will be Killian Hall
ll other performances will be held in the MIT Chapel




Wednesday, September 12 at noon MIT Chapel

Double-bill - Hilltop Sunset and Hedge Nichols


Wednesday, September 26 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15)

Kurt Winikka, singer songwriter

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15) 

Marana Avant, mezzo soprano

Marana Avant will present a short recital of classic vocal works from Mozart to Arlen.

Wednesday, October 24 at noon  Killian Hall

Pat Battstone 
Pianist and Draper employee will be making a rare solo piano appearance

Patrick Battstone began performing music professionally at the age of 14, playing in various rock, blues, and R&B bands in South Western Ohio.
By the time he was 18, he had received lessons from Stan Kenton and Gary Burton, had been mentored by Oscar Treadwell (Oska T),
and had played with James Brown’s recording sidemen as well as members of the musical “Hair”.

In 1973, he attended Berklee College of Music and soon after became a student of both Mme Chaloff and Charlie Banacos.
One of his bands, which featured hometown friend Grover Mooney, opened the fabled 1369 Club in Cambridge in 1975. During the 80’s,
Patrick studied the works of Scriabin under the renowned Serge Conus. In 1986, he returned to jazz, studying with Joanne Brackeen
for a period of 6 years. During the past decade he has enjoyed the friendship and mentorship of both Paul Bley and Marilyn Crispell.

Though his focus as an artist is creative improvisation and is fluid in both solo appearances as well as leading ensembles; in both acoustic
settings as well as electric. His last 7 CDs - Mystic Nights, The Last Taxi : A Conversation, Beyond the HorizonFrom Dream to Dream
Rylesonable, Elements, and The Last Taxi : In Transit - have all had excellent reviews and have charted into the mid-teens on the
CMJ jazz charts for numbers of weeks. He is about to release another

His latest adventures have been in collaboration with the musical circles in Italy, having worked with a number of internationally acclaimed
vocalists, both in the USA as well as in Italy. Currently he has 2 CDs released on Leo Records that feature both Italian vocalist and musicians.
He is about to release another 2 CDs that again feature Italian musicians and vocalists. 

Web site: http://patbattstone.com/

Wednesday, November 7 at noon Killian Hall

Kate Stringer and Molly Ruggles

Pianist and singer-songwriter Molly Ruggles join forces with vocalist Kate Stringer in a wide-ranging program of original songs, cabaret classics, and rock hits with a theatrical twist.

Wednesday, November 28 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15)

Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015),
and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems have appeared in journals including: 
Colorado ReviewCrazyhorseKenyon ReviewWest BranchWestern Humanities ReviewWitness, and others.
Kevin is a Financial  Assistant in the Program for Art, Culture and Technology. 

”: I wish I could explain to you my experience reading Kevin McLellan’s newest collection, OrnitheologyBut of course I can’t explain it, not really; that’s part of the
splendor and mystery inherent in any meaningful encounter with art. The experience is meant to resist explication, isn’t it?" 
Julie Marie Wade, “Making a Nest Within a Book: Kevin McLellan’s Ornitheology” - at The Rumpus.

Wednesday, December 5 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15)

Amanda Casale, Brendan Kenny, and Lisa Tierney

Trios and Love Triangles”

As stated by TheatreNerds.com: “Love on a Broadway stage is rather predictable. Boy meets girl, they sing a song, they fall in love, they live happily ever after… or do they? 

Drama’s the name of the game behind the velvet curtain, and your favorite musicals wouldn’t be nearly as juicy without a good old-fashioned love triangle to pull at your heartstrings and loyalties and drive you crazy.”  

Join vocalist and MIT Lincoln Laboratory employee Amanda Casale, pianist and vocalist Brendan Kenney, and vocalist Lisa Tierney, as they bring a series of Broadway trios - and love triangles - to the MIT Chapel on Wednesday, December 5th.  From Marius, Cosette, and Eponine, to Fiyero, Glinda, and Elphaba, to Dr. Jekyll, Lucy, and Emma, this is a showcase of songs you will not want to miss!

Wednesday, December 19 at noon  Killian Hall

Andy Bohachewsky and Tom Kieber

Andy Bohachewsky and Tom Kieber return to Killian Hall, presenting works by Jimi Hendrix and a selection of jazz standards arranged for piano and drums. 

Tuesday, January 22 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15)

Meridian Singers

Meridian Singers presents a lunchtime concert of pieces from the repertory of English and German part songs.
The part song was a popular form of communal music-making in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
with roots centuries earlier in such genres as the German Tenorlied.
Featured composers include Isaac, Parry, Mendelssohn, and Pearsall.
Meridian Singers is an a cappella ensemble open to all in the MIT community.