Spring 2017 program


Note: all performances will be held in the MIT Chapel, unless otherwise indicated.


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Friday, Feb. 10 & Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8PM • MIT Chapel (W15)
Amanda Casale & friends perform Songs for a new world.



Wednesday, March 8 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)
Ryan Kendall began playing guitar and writing folky acoustic songs in 2008 during his sophomore year of college.
With a focus on poignant political and personal lyrics, the stories and emotional content are what drive his original music deep into the hearts and minds of listeners.



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Wednesday, April 5 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)
Amanda Casale, Kyle Carlson, Madeline Cooper, and Monica Whitlock

Spring Awakening is a rock musical  with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater.  It is based on the 1891 German play Frühlings Erwachen (Spring‘s Awakening) by Frank Wedekind.  The play was written to criticize the sexually oppressive culture of 19th century Germany and was banned due to its “vivid eroticism” at the time. 


In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score.  On Broadway, the actors sang some songs into microphones to demonstrate when they were “in their heads” (in the alternative rock style) and then sang without microphones to demonstrate when they were “present” (in actual 19th century Germany).  Some of the lyrics in the rock songs include adult language and content as a way of portraying the children’s anger at their sexual oppression.


Three of the nine performers you see today originated this cast of Spring Awakening in 2013

(Kyle Carlson, Amanda Casale, Madeline Cooper).

As the production went on to win the Eastern Massachusetts ACT State Festival, two of the performers from the original cast could not continue and were thus replaced (adding Andrew Lemieux and Bradford Robinson to the cast); the production won eight awards, including Best Production and Best Ensemble. 

Three more performers were replaced when the production continued running to compete at the New England Regional Festival (NERF) (adding Cara Guappone, Ryan O’Reilly, and Jessica DePalo).  The production placed runner-up for Best Production and again won Best Ensemble. 

The entire performance period of Spring Awakening for the original cast members spanned the course of nearly two years.  This performance at MIT marks a “two years later” reunion for the final NERF cast (missing: Conor Bunker, Nicky Gloria, Michelle Oakland, Paige Winn, Michelle Leibowitz, Craig Howard).

Wednesday, April 19 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)
Andy Bohachewsky on piano performing jazz standards and originals 

Wednesday, May 3 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)
Reprise! ABD is happy to announce Ryan Kendall's return with a new set of songs.

Tuesday, May 16 at 1:00 pm • MIT Chapel (W15)
Meridian Singers in concert:

Local Talent: three centuries of Choral Music by Boston composers, including music by William Billings, John Harbison, Donald Martino, and others. 
Directed by Michael Barrett.    


Monday, May 22 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)
Howard Martin plays tenor saxophone like an angel would, if angels played sax.