2017/18 Season

Irmgard Bischofberger

Irmgard Bischofberger

Nov. 17, 2017 - Phenomena of Growth

Killian Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7:30 PM, Nov. 17, 2017

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LECTURER: Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab

PROGRAM: Music of Reality presents an interdisciplinary concert featuring the research of Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab. Irmgard will present her work on the growth patterns of fluids - the beautiful fractal and crystalline patterns that govern the behavior of liquids, and the larger implications of these formations throughout nature. Talks will be interwoven with projections and music for piano, saxophone, and electronics.

PERFORMERS: Sam Torres, saxophonist and loop artist, pianist Sophia Vastek, and electronic musician David Ibbett, with projections and visual representations of the work of Prof. Bischofberger.

MUSIC: Stainless Staining by Donnacha Dennehy, The Currents by Sarah Kirkland Snider, a set by Sam Torres for saxophone and live electronics, and a new work by David Ibbett

Paola Rizzoli

Paola Rizzoli

March 9, 2018 - Rising Seas and the Venice Problem

Killian Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
March 9, 2018

LECTURER: Paola Rizzoli, Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PROGRAM: Dr. Paola Rizzoli will present a lecture on the Venice problem, with implications of climate change, the human and ecological impact, and the nature of the sea.

MUSIC: Works by Venetian composers and musical portraits of Venice and the sea.

May 4, 2018 - Through the Eyes of a Child

Music on the Square series
1025 S. Potomac St, Baltimore, MD

LECTURERS: Dr. Clara Han of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Andrew Brandel of Harvard University.  Together, they are collaborating on a book that will explore how families inherit the catastrophic loss of a world through war, genocide, and displacement.  In this event, they will discuss these issues through the lens of their own familial histories – the Korean War and the Holocaust.  Not only will they will explore how the familial memory of violence is inherited by future generations, with particular attention to scenes of domestic life, but they will also reflect on the nature of collaboration between individuals who bear different, but related, histories of loss and displacement, and whose biographies are marked by immigration, inequality, and racialization. 

MUSIC: Works by Leonard Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and David Ibbett.


Alexey Veraksa

Alexey Veraksa

Spring 2018 (exact date TBA) - The Dance of Cells

LECTURER: Alexey Veraksa, Associate Professor of Biology - Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation in Development

PROGRAM: Dr. Alexey Veraksa will talk about his research on cell signaling in early development and the questions that arise

PERFORMERS: BoSoma Dance Company