Aga Khan Documentation Center presents Slingshot Hip Hop

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Heather McCann

Aga Khan Documentation Center presents a film viewing of

Slingshot Hip Hop


Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

“Documentary Competition” Sundance Film Festival 2008
Top 3 Finalist for the IDFA- “DOC U” Competition, Amsterdam
“Audience Award: Best Documentary“ Films de Femmes, France
“Audience Award: Best Film“ DOX BOX Film Festival, Syria
“Best Director”
Beirut International Film festival, Lebanon
“Audience Award: Best Film“ Beirut International Film festival, Lebanon
“Jury Prize” Festival Cinéma et Politique de Tours, Paris, France
“Audience Award: Best Film“ Arabian Sights/Washington DC International Film Festival
“Silver Hanoman Prize”
JAFF film festival, Indonesia
“Best Mediterranean Film” Granada Festival Cine del Sur, Spain
“Audience Award: Best Documentary” Cairo Refugee Film Festival, Egypt
“Audience Award: Best Film” Cairo Refugee Film Festival, Egypt
“Most Anticipated Film” Cairo Refugee Film Festival, Egypt
“Audience Award: Best Film“ Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada
“The Festival des Libertés Award” Festival des Libertés festival in Brussels, Belgium
“Aloha Accolade Winner” Honolulu Film Festival, Hawaii

Brown bag lunch event – dessert provided

Tuesday, 9 April 2013, 12:30 (film length 83 minutes)

7-134A (Rotch Library Conference Room)

Please join us!

This special presentation is made possible by the Aga Khan Program Documentation Center @ MIT Libraries

Questions? Contact:, 617.354.5022

Composer Don Byron March 13

Posted March 7th, 2013 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: Don Byron will talk about his new Concerto for Clarinet.

Don Byron (Photo: Dave Weiland)

Don Byron has written arrangements of Sondheim’s Broadway musicals and original scores for silent film, television, and dance companies. He has composed music for a variety of media, documentaries, big band, violin, piano and string quartets, etc.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

Grow your knowledge! Research guides for any topic

Posted March 1st, 2013 by Remlee Green

DaffodilsStart cultivating a garden of knowledge with MIT Libraries’ research guides. Our guides dig deeper than Google to uncover the best sources for information on your research topic. Each guide contains lists of resources recommended by expert librarians. Suggestions for print and electronic resources, databases, and journals—it’s all there!

  • Researching soil chemistry properties in the scholarly literature? What database does the Chemistry guide suggest?
  • Not sure what the first settlers in Massachusetts grew in their gardens? Try the Historical Newspapers guide.

We even have guides about organizing your referencesmanaging your datagetting published, and so much more! Seriously, think of a topic – any topic. Yep, we probably have that, too.

And you’re always welcome to ask us for help!

Noteworthy Connections opens in the Maihaugen Gallery

Posted February 21st, 2013 by Heather Denny

David M. Epstein conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra, 1965-1998, Photo: MIT Museum

A new exhibition exploring the extraordinary connection between the MIT mind and music has opened in the Libraries’ Maihaugen Gallery.

Noteworthy Connections: Music in the MIT Libraries delves into the holdings of the Lewis Music Library and the Institute Archives and Special Collections, to reveal MIT’s diverse musical interests, the accomplishments of its talented students and faculty, and the rich history the Institute’s musical groups and clubs.

The exhibit will be on view in the gallery until December, 2013. Visit the gallery:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Building 14N-130

Naxos Video Library now available

Posted February 19th, 2013 by Christie Moore

The MIT Libraries now have a subscription to Naxos Video Library. This streaming video database provides a large collection of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, and documentaries.

Shortcut URL:
(MIT certificates required; 5 simultaneous users)

Composer forum Feb. 14 and Feb. 26

Posted February 6th, 2013 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: 5 pm, Lewis Music Library Bldg. 14E-109
Reception follows. Free and open to the public.


Elena Ruehr

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Elena Ruehr, Lecturer in Music at MIT, discusses her new CD, Averno, for chorus and orchestra, with poetry by American poets Louise Gluck, Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickinson.





Cindy Cox

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cindy Cox derives her “post-tonal” musical language from acoustics, innovations in technology, harmonic resonance, and poetic allusion. Her compositions synthesize old and new musical designs.



Sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts.

IAP session on Arts, Culture, and Multimedia in the MIT Libraries

Posted January 9th, 2013 by Mark Szarko

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 3-4pm in 14N-132 

photo by L.Barry Hetherington

Are you interested in music, video, literature, art or architecture? Join Libraries staff for a session highlighting some of the vast arts, culture, and multimedia resources available to you through the MIT Libraries. Learn how to access over a million tracks of streaming audio (everything from classical to jazz to popular music), over 150,000 online music scores, streaming video of foreign films, dance, theater, documentaries and more, and over one million high-res images of art, architecture, science and the humanities.

Please register for this class.

Questions? Contact Mark Szarko.

Composer forum Nov. 5 and Nov. 15

Posted October 30th, 2012 by Christie Moore

Composer forum series: 5 pm, Lewis Music Library Bldg. 14E-109
Reception follows. Free and open to the public.


Peter Whincop

Monday November 5, 2012
Peter Whincop, Lecturer in Music at MIT, teaches Electronic Music Composition. He will provide an exposition of a few of his works involving text, or voice in a more abstract context, based on simple perceptual and algebraic precepts.





Philippe Leroux

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Continuity and Gesture in the Music of Philippe Leroux

Philippe Leroux is an Associate Professor in composition at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. At the Paris Conservatory he studied with Ivo Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schäeffer and Guy Reibel; he also studied with Olivier Messiaen, Franco Donatoni, Betsy Jolas, Jean-Claude Eloy and Iannis Xénakis. His compositions, about sixty to date, include symphonic, vocal, electronic, acousmatic and chamber music. and have been commissioned and performed internationally. He has received many prizes and awards and has taught at IRCAM, McGill, Universite de Montreal and others.

Sponsored by the Music and Theater Arts Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Composer Peter Whincop Monday, October 29

Posted October 22nd, 2012 by Christie Moore

Peter WhincopComposer forum series: Peter Whincop, MIT Lecturer in Music, teaching Electronic Music Composition. Whincop will provide an exposition of a few of his works involving text, or voice in a more abstract context, based on simple perceptual and algebraic precepts.

Date: Monday, October 29
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public

Composer Roger Reynolds Wednesday, October 17

Posted October 16th, 2012 by Christie Moore
Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds (Photo: Malcom Crowthers)

Composer forum series: Roger Reynolds, Resource and Outcome. An illustrated presentation with performance (Gabriella Diaz, violinist).

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 5-6 pm
Reception follows
Free and open to the public

See more information.

MediaMobile hits the road

Posted June 18th, 2012 by Christie Moore


You may see the Lewis Music Library’s new MediaMobile roaming around campus soon!

The MediaMobile is a moveable cart that can travel across campus to highlight the MIT Libraries’ many online media materials. It has a large monitor and audio speakers to demo streaming audio and video products, full-text books, music scores, images, bibliographic databases, etc.

The MediaMobile will be available to MIT librarians so that online information in a variety of subjects can be shared with the MIT community.

The MediaMobile was funded by the Class of 1982 Music Library Fund. To see more experimental services at the MIT Libraries, check out the list of current Betas & Widgets.

Violin music concert Friday, May 4

Posted April 17th, 2012 by Christie Moore

The 10th annual Prokopoff violin music concert will be held at 3 pm on Friday, May 4, 2012 in the Lewis Music Library. MIT students will perform selections by Bach, Chopin, Dvorak, and Sarasate.  This annual event honors the collection of over 2,000 violin music scores collected by Stephen Prokopoff and donated to the library in 2001 by Lois Craig, former Associate Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Come enjoy some wonderful music in an attractive setting!

Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
Place: Lewis Music Library, Bldg. 14E-109
Time: 3–4 pm

The concert is free and open to the public.

New streaming database: Opera in Video

Posted March 26th, 2012 by Christie Moore

Opera in Video




Opera in Video is now available to the MIT community. This streaming database contains 500 hours of opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent some of the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses.

Stream video to your mobile device! All video is now supported for iPhone operating on 3G network or better and Android. Click on the mobile phone icon next to each video in the database to stream directly to your mobile device.

IAPril 2012: Arts and Culture Multimedia in the MIT Libraries

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Thu April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Where: 14N-132

Want to find out how to obtain over one million tracks of streaming audio ranging from classical to jazz, popular, and contemporary world music? How about over 150,000 online music scores? Streaming video of poets reading from their work? Images so sharp you can see the shadow beneath the Mona Lisa’s smile? Or panoramic views of architectural sites from around the world?

Come to this session to learn how to bring these and other cultural treasures right to your desktop through the MIT Libraries.

Please register for this session. For more information, please contact Mark Szarko.

IAPril 2012: MIT Libraries Bookmobile

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Mark Szarko

When: Wed April 11, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Lobby 10

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day with the MIT Libraries! Check out new fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, and music (Bring your MIT ID if you want to borrow something).

For more information, please contact Theresa Tobin.

Music CDs, DVDs now circulate for 1 week

Posted February 7th, 2012 by Christie Moore

coverThe Lewis Music Library’s over 20,000 audio CDs and more than 1,300 DVDs now circulate for 1 week (no renewals) to members of the MIT community. The collection includes music from Gregorian chant to Lady Gaga: classical, jazz, world music, film and soundtracks, and popular.

Lists of the newest arrivals: Recent Additions to the Collections.
CDs and DVDs are listed in Barton; for search tips, see Searching for Music.
Selected recent CDs and DVDs are on display in the library.

The Lewis Music Library is located in Bldg. 14E-109 and library hours are posted on the web.

Jazz in MIT oral history interviews, March 2

Posted January 25th, 2012 by Christie Moore

Photo: L. Barry Hetherington

Come hear interview excerpts of Herb Pomeroy, founding director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE), talking about the early days of the FJE, hiring Everett Longstreth to direct the MIT Concert Jazz Band, and recollections of notable alumni of these groups. Pomeroy was interviewed by Forrest Larson in 1999-2000 for the Music at MIT Oral History Project. Forrest will also play excerpts from interviews with Everett Longstreth and band alumni.

Friday, March 2, 2012, 1-2 pm
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Music author event Monday, Feb.13, noon

Posted January 18th, 2012 by Christie Moore

coverCome help celebrate the release of Dr. Frederick Harris’ new book, Seeking the Infinite: The Musical Life of Stanisław Skrowaczewski. The author will read excerpts from the book, show films of Skrowaczewski and play selections from his compositions. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Harris is music director of the MIT Wind Ensemble and Festival Jazz Ensemble. Listen to a Minnesota Public Radio interview,  see the book’s web site, or read a review.

Monday, February 13, 2012, noon
Lewis Music Library, 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

Sonorous currents: live electronic music by students, Dec.6

Posted November 29th, 2011 by Christie Moore

Come hear a performance of new music for live electronics with laptops, iPhones, circuits, and other sonological mechanisms in the Lewis Music Library from noon to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Students from Visiting Assistant Professor Christopher T. Ariza’s Music and Technology class will share their compositions.

Tuesday, December 6, 12 noon
Lewis Music Library 14E-109
For more information: 617-253-5636

New streaming audio database available

Posted November 23rd, 2011 by Christie Moore

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is now available to the MIT community. This database contains over 90,000 tracks from labels including ASV, Bridge, EMI Classics, Hänssler Classic, Hyperion, Virgin Classics, and many more. It covers music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present and includes vocal and choral music, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.