2018-2019 performances




The venue for many of the Artists Beyond the Desk performances,
the MIT Chapel was designed by Finnish America architect Eero Saarinen and dedicated in 1955.

His nearby Kresge Auditorium and Kresge Oval complete the set. 

Read a News story from their 50th anniversary.

Click on the photo to see a video of the designing of the Chapel.

**Note performances on some dates will be in Killian Hall - 14W

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.




Wednesday, February 20 at noon in Killian Hall - 14W

Howard Martin and Varient State

Variant State is a project instigated by Howard Martin (reeds), Jesse Kenas-Collins (trumpet, reeds, feedback objects),
and Michael Rosenstein  (amplified surfaces and objects, modified field recordings, oscillators). Working In various
configurations, they explore the interactions of acoustic instrumentation, electronics, multiphonics, abraded recordings,
and feedback within collectively improvised settings. Their open-form sonic investigations draw on aesthetics of s
pontaneous interaction and dynamic cooperative structures.


Howard Martin's sound practice focuses on the interactions between instruments and resonant spaces. His longest running
project has been listening through the fragmentary histories of the saxophone and clarinet in jazz and free improvisation and
through this study, synthesizing a personal approach that includes traditional and extended techniques while leaving room for stasis
and near silence.

Working and living in Boston since 2008, Jesse Kenas Collins performs in both solo and group contexts, focusing on the
confusion of brass and woodwind instruments integrated with analog electronics and systems of feedback. Recent explorations
in instrument building have lead him to use of accordion and khaen reeds sounded by small fans and balloons. These instruments
are often distributed around performance space and used as a tonal ground against shifting layers of transient electronic and percussive
material. As an improviser, he works closely with many artist around New England and maintains an active performance schedule.



Michael Rosenstein explores the interaction of acoustic and electronic sounds in collectively improvised settings and compositional
frameworks. Process is central to his practice. This includes building and modifying sound-gathering devices, amplified surfaces,
salvaged instruments, and simple oscillators. It extends to gathering recordings at ocean beaches, bogs, subways, city walks, and as
part of architectural investigations utilizing microphones, photo diodes, contact microphones, hydrophones,and electromagnetic sensors.
He develops these raw sonic sources, transforming, distressing, and combining them, and feeding off of the unstable sonic results.
His current projects include Variant State with Jesse Collins and Howard Martin as well as his duo with Steve Norton.





Wednesday, March 6 at noon in Killian Hall - 14W

Cindy Woolley in a classical flute and voice recital with piano accompaniment.

Flutist/soprano, Cindy Woolley is an administrative assistant in the Biology Department at MIT.
She has given many solo recitals in the Boston area, including at MIT, and was co-founder of the Silverwood Trio (flute/voice, cello and piano).
She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied flute with Lois Schaefer and is currently studying voice with Jayne West.
She is a cantor at Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Church in West Newton. 

Cindy will be performing songs by Samuel Barber and Fernando Obradors and flute works by Claude Debussy, Karl Keller and Gabriel Faure. 




Wednesday, March 20 at noon in MIT Chapel   ** a Double Bill**

Marcia Ross will read from her upcoming novel.

Marcia Ross writes fiction, articles, and poems, and is a writer/editor at MarciaRoss LLC.
She grew up in California, has lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, England, Scotland, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia,
and resides now in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For 20 years Marcia taught English Literature and Composition at UMass Boston. She worked even longer as an administrative
assistant at MIT, most recently for Prof Steven Tannenbaum. A few of her favorite things are: edgy flicks, reading and conversation, teatime,
grandchildren, and walking around doing nothing with her dog Finn.


Michele Harris will read from her poetry book Blackdamp, which is forthcoming from David Robert Books in May.
Michele Harris received the 2011 David A. Kennedy prize in poetry, and her poem Instinct was a finalist for the 2018 New Millennium Award.  
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Millennium WritingsSheepshead ReviewThe Tishman ReviewAnderboCicada
The Prose-Poem ProjectDirtflaskThe Northridge ReviewCosumnes River JournalEscarpStirring, and elsewhere.
She holds a BA in English Literature from Allegheny College and an MFA in Creative Writing from UMass Boston,
where she volunteer teaches Literature classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Wednesday, April 3, at noon MIT Chapel

Salvatore Angelone presents songwriting and musical compositions that tell stories that draw you in - all loosely based on actual events or places.

"You'll laugh! You'll cry! It's better than Cats (the musical)! seriously, I think the show has wide appeal and is approachable."
- The artist



Andy Bohachewsky –†Rhodes electric piano and synthesizers

Eugene Kuziw –†electric guitar and bass

Tom Kieber –†drum kit and percussion

An excursion through post-jazz landscapes

Wednesday, April 17 at noon MIT Chapel 

Andy Bohachewsky, Eugene Kuwiz, and Tom Kieber.

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Wednesday, May 1 at noon MIT Chapel 

Marana Avant, mezzo soprano, in a classical voice recital.

Marana Avant has sung a range of chorus, supporting and leading roles with companies such as Arizona Opera, Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is currently a soloist and choir member of the Park Street Church Sanctuary Choir. This summer, she will be participating in the North Shore Summer Concert Series. 




Wednesday, May 15 at noon MIT Chapel 

Pat Battstone returns with special guest, internationally acclaimed Italian vocalist, Marilena Paradisi




 Vocalist, composer, improviser, tireless explorer and experimenter in the use of the human voice, her work ranges from jazz to total improvisation and contemporary classics. She is internationally recognized for the richness of expression and her talent for interpretation   . 

Chris Rathbun - double bass
Pat Battstone - piano

For the concert at MIT Chapel concert, We will be doing a total improvization.


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Tuesday, May 21, at 1:00 pm MIT Chapel

Join the Meridian Singers as we celebrate in song the renewal promised by spring. Our a cappella music spans the 14th to the 20th centuries.

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