Fall 2017 program


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

Special IAP Performance!

Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 - 2:00pm • MIT Chapel (W15)         **Note the 1:00 pm start time**

Meridian Singers, an a cappella chorus directed by Michael Barrett, will present  music of Johannes Brahms and selections from his music library.  



Wednesday, September 13 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15)

Felicia Gavilanes, mezzo-soprano,  with pianist Jean Anderson-Collier

Mezzo-soprano Felicia Gavilanes, a Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, concludes an exciting season of debuts in the U.S. and abroad.  Company debuts included Boston Lyric Opera (Marriage of Figaro, Cherubino cover and First Bridesmaid), Teatro Lirico Nacional de Cuba (Dido in Dido and Aeneas), Gulfshore Opera, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Commonwealth Chorale.  

Other recent roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Florida State Opera), Mrs. DeRocher in Dead Man Walking (Boston Opera Collaborative), Flora in la Traviata (Opera Providence), Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress (FSO), Asakir in the Boston premiere of Sumeida’s Song (BOC) and Tisbe in la Cenerentola (FSO). 

Equally at home on the concert stage, recent performances include Respighi’s Lauda per la natività del signore with Gulfshore Opera, Alto Soloist in Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Fine Arts Chorale, Soloist in "Mozart in the Jungle" with Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Queen Jezebel/Angel in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Tallahassee Community Chorus, for which her voice was described as “the perfect balance of power and beauty,” and Play On: Boston Lyric Opera Sings Shakespeare. Inspired by foreign languages and travel, Felicia has been featured in concert and recital engagements from the Gran Teatro de la Habana to the Staatstheater Darmstadt to the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome. 

Felicia is a recent finalist in the MetroWest Opera Vocal Competition for Emerging Artists, a recent winner of Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Competition as well as a recipient of several prestigious fellowships including the Beaulieu Award in Opera, the Gallaher Award, and the Edith S. Joel Fellowship in Opera.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, Felicia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature and Music from Dartmouth College.   She received her Masters in Music with Honors from the New England Conservatory and her Doctorate from Florida State University.  Felicia currently resides in Boston and studies with David Okerlund.  



Wednesday, September 27 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Stephanie Gayle, literary reading

Stephanie Gayle's previous works,  Idyll threats : a Thomas Lynch novel / and My Summer of Southern discomfort, are available in the MIT Libraries.

Her new novel, Idyll Fears, is due out September. 5





Wednesday, October 11 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Pat Battstone on piano, with guest, Gianna Montecalvo, the Maestra of southern Italy, renowned thorough Europe. 

Gianna Montecalvo is a teacher of the vocal department at the Nicolo’ Piccinni Conservatory in Bari and is one of the most sought after vocal teachers in Italy. She is also one of the most highly praised jazz vocalists in Italy and was one of the first Italian vocalists to embrace free jazz improvisation, She has performed in various jazz festivals throughout Europe, Russia, and Germany, collaborating with Keith and Julie Tippetts ( Minafra orchestra), Roberto Ottaviano, Evan Parker( orchestra utopia), as well as various great musicians. As a leader, she has released 2 CDs – Steve’s Mirror,  featuring the music of Steve Lacy, and While we’re Young, Tribute to Alec Wilder.

Pianist Patrick Battstone has been part of the MIT community for 35yrs, working at Draper Labs, being part of the festival Jazz ensemble, and providing piano lessons to MIT students. He attended Berklee College of Music in 1973, and later studied with Joanne Brackeen from 1985-1991. He, along with hometown friend Grover Mooney, was in the first band to open the fabled 1369 club in Cambridge. As a leader, he has published 9 CDs. His latest musical efforts have been in Italy, where he had the fortune of meeting, playing, and recording with Gianna Montecalvo. 

Wednesday, October 25 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Andy Bohachewsky and Tom Kieber playing a selection of jazz standards and original compositions 

Wednesday, November 15 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Peter Allen on piano playing selections from the KJV Holy Bible set word for word to original music

Photo credit: Liza Zvereva

Wednesday, November 29 at 1:00 pm • MIT Chapel (W15)

Hedge Nichols on guitar

Hedge Nichols started playing a borrowed guitar in 2015 and never looked back!  Hedge most often sings and plays at living room music nights and street corner jam sessions.

Hedge grew up with the American folk tradition and enjoys carrying it forward, with covers of songs both sad and whimsical. Hedge is particularly inspired by the music of Bill Staines and Dave Carter. Hedge can often be found enjoying the live music at Club Passim in Harvard Square.

Hedge also helped create the popular songbook Rise Again: Words & Chords to Nearly 1200 Songs edited by Annie Patterson and Peter Blood.

Hedge will be accompanied by Willow Lavern on banjo, whose solo work can be found under the name Quaint Devices.




Wednesday, December 6 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Kurt Winikka singer songwriter

A returning veteran disappears into a Midwest landscape of night trains, truck stops, and prairie fires; a former baseball star fades into the tattered memories of his dreams; a holy roller faces judgment for a life of hypocrisy. These are the folks who inhabit the songs of Kurt Winikka. Growing up in the Southwest, raising a family in the Midwest, and finding his bearings as a singer/songwriter in New England, Kurt meticulously crafts engaging narratives informed by the breadth of his American experience and conveys them with precise guitar work and a dulcet voice. He shares it all on his album, Says The Rain, released in March of 2013. The collection of eleven original songs and one traditional song were co-produced with Lloyd Maines in Boston and in Austin.

Winikka’s current project is the development of a collection of space-themed works, incorporating elements of trip hop, jazz and psychedelia, a sonic divergence from his typical Americana approach. The new material spans subjects as diverse as interstellar space travel, the historic flight of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and love songs imbued with imagery of the cosmos. Although the influence of writers such as Don McLean, Bill Morrissey, Richard Shindell and Guy Clark can be heard in his songwriting, in contrast to those voices, a wide variety of musical expression from post-modern classical music, to jazz and fusion, to electronic music, to psychedelic and experimental and avant-garde rock music, all play a part in influencing the current direction of Winikka’s work.

Kurt graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He works as a software engineer for Draper Laboratory on a variety of biomedical and space programs 



Wednesday, December 20 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Amanda Casales and friends presenting a Musical Theatre Holiday Cabaret – a cabaret of songs from musicals that are related to the holidays.  

Featuring Amanda Casale, Jessica DePalo, Matthew Gorgone, Cara Guappone, Ryan O’Reilly, and Daniel Sullivan


Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 - 2:00pm • MIT Chapel (W15)

Meridian Singers, an a cappella chorus directed by Michael Barrett, will present  music of Johannes Brahms and selections from his music library.