Musical Time | Winter Festival Concert and Forum Series
The Boston Chamber Music Society in Residency at MIT                



Concert and Public Forum Series
Jointly presented by the Boston Chamber Music Society and MIT Music & Theater Arts 

Three Saturdays  | January 9, 16, 23, 2010 
Public Forum Series 4-5:30 pm  |  Concerts at 8 pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium

Free for all students (K-graduate) with ID 
$25. for general public | $60. for subscription to all concerts
Tickets can be purchased by calling BCMS at 617-349-0086
or through BCMS’s website at


For more information, see below or contact:  
617-253-3210, Music Program
Music, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

617-349-0086, BCMS
Boston Chamber Music Society


Boston Chamber Music Society in Residency at MIT
The Winter Festival Series is part of BCMS's residency during the MIT's January Independent Activities Period (IAP). The theme of this series is Time, primarily Musical Time, but also Time as understood and experienced in a variety of disciplines and as the focus of a variety of works of chamber music.

In addition to the concerts and discussions, all are welcome to attend open rehearsals by BCMS musicians and scheduled meetings of a specially-designed IAP course called Interdisciplinary Approaches to Musical Time, which will meet during the week prior to each concert.

Each of the three forum sessions will be led by a team of panelists featuring distinguished faculty members from several of Boston’s world-renowned universities and conservatories as well as several practicing composers, artists and poets. 

The exploration is both multi-media and interdisciplinary across the arts and sciences using projections of film, painting, sculpture, and poetry. Panelists on each forum will engage topics that focus on their own work and the music of the evening. BCMS musicians will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss aspects of the music

Patrons may also reserve a dinner hamper in advance and continue the conversation with panelists between each forum and performance. Dining Gourmet dinner hampers, provided by Rita's Catering, are $20 each. (Reservation required by Friday before noon prior to each concert.) 

Concert tickets are free to all students with ID, $25 for the general public, or available for $60 by subscription to all three concerts. Admission to classes, forums and open rehearsals are free to the public. Tickets can be purchased by calling BCMS at 617-349-0086 or through BCMS’s website at

Students should bring a valid student ID and show it to the Box Office on the day of the concert to obtain a ticket.

Free parking
is available at the West Garage on Vassar Street.

This series is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Boston Chamber Music Society Foundation, the Mass Humanities, MIT Music and Theater Arts Faculty, Council for the Arts at MIT.  


The Events

January 9 

Forum:  Time as Shaper of Events

Panelists: Michael Cuthbert, Music Historian, MIT Professor, Moderator; Robert Jaffe, Physicist, MIT Professor of Physics (Author or “As Time Goes By” and “Times of Our Lives” in Nature Magazine 2006); Libby Larsen, composer


Imbrie  Serenade for flute, viola and piano 
(which has particular reference to clock time)

Larsen  Black Bird, Red Hills for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
(based on six projected paintings of Georgia O'Keefe that show the effects of time on a landscape and encode other symbols of passing time)

Crumb  Eleven Echoes of Autumn, 1965
(which refers to a recent past, and requires the performers to chant a line from F Garcia Lorca about the “broken arches where time suffers”)

Ravel  Piano Trio
(which has innovative metrical groupings, a passacaglia, flourishes that delay downbeats, and clock features referenced by the Imbrie)


January 16

Forum: Time as Conveyor of Memory

Panelists: Peter Child, Composer, MIT Professor, Moderator; Martin Marks, Film Music Historian, MIT Senior Lecturer; Deborah Stein, Music Theorist, New England Conservatory; Bruce Brubaker, pianist, Chair of the Piano at NEC (Author of “Time is Time: Signification in Music”)


Beethoven String Trio in E-flat major, Op. 3
(response to Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat, K.563 from about five years earlier)

Peter Child Skyscraper Symphony
(for string quartet accompanying a black and white film about NY skyscrapers from the 1920s)

Dvorak Viola Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97 “The American”
(evokes images of the 1890s American West.)

January 23

Forum: Time as the Subject and Substance

Featuring three works transferred to music expression from other artistic media.
Panelists: Ellen Harris, Music Historian, MIT Professor, Moderator; Lewis Lockwood, Music Historian, Harvard Professor; Stephen Tapscott, Poet, MIT Professor; Paul Matisse, Sculptor/creator of public art


Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major, K. 370
(containing the juxtaposition of 6/8 and 4/4 in the last movement)

Loeffler Rhapsodies for Oboe, Viola and Piano
(based of two dark French poems)

W.G. Still Suite for Violin and Piano
(inspired by sculpture of public works artists)

Foss Time Cycle
(song settings of four poems about time by different authors)