Tech Talent at the Pops
This years sold-out Tech Night at the Pops included the Boston Pops Orchestras familiar fare of music and a singalong version of In Praise of MIT. It also featured an unexpected guest conductorCharles M. Vest HM, who led the musicians in the concerts finale, Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa. The performance received a standing ovation, amid a shower of red, white, and blue balloons.Another member of the MIT community, music professor Evan Ziporyn, also took to the stage. Ziporyn, who heads the music and theater arts program at MIT, performed Artie Shaws Concerto for Clarinet. The concert also included a birthday tribute to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Fats Waller, who were all born 100 years ago, and a performance of Robert Russell Bennetts The Four Freedoms, a symphony inspired by the Norman Rockwell paintings of the same name. Projections of the paintings and narrations exploring their themes accompanied the piece.