Two benefit concerts celebrating the resiliency of the people of Puerto Rico
March 2 (MIT) and March 3 (Hunter College, NYC)
Miguel Zenón, saxophonist-composer with The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist-composer Evan Ziporyn
March 3, 2018 / 8:00pm
Silberman Auditorium, Silberman School of Social Work
Hunter College, 120th and 3rd Ave. NYC
$20 general admission
$15 student admission with college I.D.
Limited Seating. Tickets available at the door but advance purchase is recommended.
All proceeds go to the Puerto Rico Recovery Fund
Co-sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts & Hunter College
Puerto Rican-born MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow and multi-Grammy-nominated saxophonist-composer Miguel Zenón joins conductor Fred Harris and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Festival Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist/composer Evan Ziporyn in two special benefit concerts for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Both performances will feature the world premiere of En Pie De Lucha, Zenón’s new composition for jazz ensemble.
Zenón and the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE) were slated to tour Puerto Rico in January of this year but had to postpone due to Hurricane Maria. “We were so excited about this trip,” says MIT FJE music director Fred Harris. “Along with concerts, we were planning on educational outreach events connecting MIT students with middle and high school students. We look forward to making the trip happen in 2019 but we want to contribute something now!”
“Even though it isn’t front page news anymore, there’s still a lot of need in Puerto Rico,” says Zenón, “I’m very excited about these concerts and grateful to Fred and MIT for putting them together. The benefits are meant to raise funds as well as awareness about the situation on the island.”
Zenón has twice been an artist-in-residence at MIT, most recently in 2015 for the premiere of his extended composition for wind ensemble Music as Service, which was the subject of the MIT documentary film Call and Response.
Both concerts will feature the world premiere of Zenón’s En Pie De Lucha, an homage to the people of his home country. “The piece was inspired by the resiliency and courage of Puerto Rican people during these very trying times. It’s a tribute to those who stayed on the Island in the aftermath of the destruction, who were willing to put up a fight and rebuild their country.”
The program also features music from Zenón’s celebrated recordings as well other works by noted jazz artists. MIT Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, Faculty Director for MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology, head of the MIT Music & Theater Arts Section, and renowned clarinetist-composer Evan Ziporyn will be a featured soloist on both concerts.
The Silberman Auditorium concert is sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts. Collaborators include The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and the Association for Cultural Equity, an independent cultural research organization affiliation with Hunter College.