Past Performances - Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Wed., Sept. 24 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Hannah Loomis, Vocals; Daniel Padgett, piano

Originally a pianist, Hannah spent many years performing on several other instruments including marimbas, French horn, tenor sax and electric bass before finally landing happily as a singer. She’s classically trained and has enjoyed singing with varied groups, from big band, rock, and folk, to opera, Bulgarian, and choral music. Hannah currently performs with Viriditas, a women’s a capella group focused on medieval and Renaissance music. She has a BA in music from Hampshire College where she concentrated on performing and composing, and also studied jazz piano at Rutgers College. She loves exploring music with complex rhythms and microtones!

Wed., Nov.5 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Michael Yarsky

Yarsky (b. 1987) is a Boston-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  He has written several indie-rock tunes for The Wakes before venturing into solo, flamenco-infused indie folk. In addition to being an accomplished bassist for pit orchestras and jazz trios, he performs his work solo or with accomplished composer and tenor Saunder Choi. He is a classical guitar enthusiast, a fervent admirer of Bartók, and a former student of Berklee professor David Newsam. He is thrilled to be playing Killian Hall again!

Wed., Nov. 12 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Andrew V Bohachewsky

Pianist Andy Bohachewsky will be performing a selection of jazz standards and original compositions, arrangements and improvisations on the piano.

Wed., Dec. 3 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)
Peter Allen 
- On piano and vocals,
Peter will perform his program, WHOLLY WORD: Selections from the King James Holy Bible set word for word to original music.Peter's program will include selections from the Psalms, the Proverbs, the Prophets, the Gospels, and the Epistles.

Refreshments served prior to the show.

Mon., Dec. 15 at noon • Whitehead Institute auditorium, Main and Vassar Streets
Meridian Singers

A-caroling we will go:  Carols through the ages

Meridian Singers, an a capella chorus open to all in the MIT community, is a perennial feature on the ABD calendar, but for this concert is being featured as part of the Whitehead Institute concert series. 

Wed., Dec. 17 at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111) 
The Trapelo Players

Susan Caplan, flute, is principal flutist in the Brockton Symphony and a member of the Wellesley Symphony and MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with the Quincy Symphony, Newton Symphony, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Savoyard Light Opera Company, and the Sudbury Savoyards.  Ms. Caplan’s teachers include Steven Finley, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Elinor Preble, and William Grass.  Susan is on the Board of the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and MusicCounts! in Canton.  She teaches private flute lessons in the Canton Schools.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she received the Billings Prize in Performance.   Susan loves all kinds of music, art, hiking, reading, science, museums, running, playing Scrabble, singing harmony, and cooking.

Lisa Putukian, oboe,studied with Peggy Pearson and Ron Roseman (Yale, B.A.).  After working with the Omaha Symphony, she returned to Boston to earn her MBA from Harvard University.  She works in the life sciences, currently as Principal, TLV Partners and previously as VP, Business Development with the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her musical life includes principal oboe for the Newton Symphony (17 years), and earlier, the MIT Symphony (5 years) and Waltham Philharmonic.  Lisa currently lives in Lincoln and is freelancing with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre and other groups in and around Boston. 

Georgiana McReynolds, clarinet, has performed in New York and Boston with many chamber music groups and orchestras including the MIT Wind Ensemble, Symphony Pro Musica, Wellesley Symphony, Newton Symphony, and the Savoyard Light Opera Company. Trained at the Juilliard School and New York City’s High School of Music and Art, she  studied clarinet with Stanley Drucker, Meyer Kupferman, and Jean Kopperud. She also plays recorder, bass clarinet, saxophone, and oboe. Georgiana works at MIT as a Reference Services Librarian.

Shu Satoh, bassoon, is principal of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Symphony Orchestra. He has been principal bassoon of the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Newton and of the Civic Symphony of Boston. He plays freelance orchestral and chamber music throughout the Boston area. Mr. Satoh is Senior Scientist at Axcelis Technologies in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Jeff Stewart, horn, grew up in Michigan and received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering.  Since then he has made his living as a computer engineer, while attempting to keep his day job from interfering too much with his love of music.  He is principal horn in the New England Philharmonic and the Harvard Lowell House Opera orchestra, plays in the New Bedford Symphony, and freelances in numerous other Boston area groups.

With a woodwind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, the Trapelo Playerswill play classical works from the standard woodwind quintet literature and some fun arrangements. 

"Keep your eye on the prize"

Whenever I sit at the piano, a diary entry is made; and whenever I record a song, that entry is captured in time. By the time the entries become a CD, a chapter in my autobiography has been written.

Wed., Feb 25 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Patrick Battstone and Richard Poole, with Todd Brunel and Chris Rathbun

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 1976. During the 80's, Patrick studied the works of Scriabin under the renowned Serge Conus. In 1986, he resumed jazz studies with Joanne Brackeen in NYC for a period of six years. In the past 2 decades, he has been involved in various musical activities. He is fluid in both solo appearances as well as leading ensembles; in both acoustic settings as well as electric. He leads an acoustic trio and quartet and has performed in numerous electric funk/rock groups. He is experienced in performing for receptions, lounges, parlors, concerts, etc., and can adapt his playing to fit any occasion. Besides performing, he has been active in producing music, in teaching piano, and has managed and mentored numerous bands and venues. Lately, his main activity has been in the recording studio, having produced and released 10 CDs of his own and collaborated works. When not performing music, Patrick works as a rocket scientist at Draper Labs in Cambridge. 

Wed., March 11 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Cindy Woolley

Free-lance flutist and soprano, Cindy Woolley has performed in the Boston area with many chamber groups and orchestras. She has given many solo recitals, including ones at MIT, and was co-founder of the Silverwood Trio which performed extensively in the Boston area and recorded their CD "In This World" in Killian Hall (funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT). She is currently a cantor at Corpus Christy-St. Bernard Church in West Newton. Ms. Woolley received her M.M. Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with Lois Schaefer and is currently studying voice with Jean Danton. 

Tue., March 17 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Ruth Levitsky

Ruth will play music from Ireland in honor of the day. Flute and penny whiistle with piano accompaniment.

Wed., April 8 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Michael Yarsky

Yarsky (b. 1987) is a Boston-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has written several indierock tunes for The Wakes before venturing into solo, flamenco-infused indie folk. In addition to being an accomplished bassist for pit orchestras and jazz trios, he performs his work solo or with accomplished composer and tenor Saunder Choi. He is a classical guitar enthusiast, a fervent admirer of Bartók, and a former student of Berklee professor David Newsam. He is thrilled to be playing Killian Hall again! 

Wed., April 15 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Molly Ruggles & guest

Molly is an eclectic singer-songwriter who writes songs about MIT, famous religious figures, love's excesses and life's absurdities.

Molly will share the bill with a special guest singer and vocal percussionist, Priyanka Satpute, MIT ’17

Molly's CD, After the rest, is available for borrowing from the Lewis Music Library. The Barton catalog record is at

Web site:

Wed., May 6 at noonKillian Hall (14W-111)

Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and the chapbooks Shoes on a wire (Split Oak, 2015) runner-up for the 2012 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review Online, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and numerous others. Kevin works in MIT’s Global Studies and Languages and lives in Cambridge MA.

Wed., May 13 at 12 noon • MIT Chapel

Meridian Singers in concert.

Pastime with Good Company: Consorting music from the time of the Tudors.  
Meridian Singers is an a cappella chorus open to all in the MIT community. Our repertoire includes music from the classical literature, from early to contemporary pieces, and from various countries and cultures. The group rehearses on Wednesdays at the noon hour, hence the name “Meridian.”