MIT's Toy Symphony Attracting String Players
The list of string players drawn into composer and MIT Media Lab professor Tod Machover's visionary world is growing. On April 26, Machover's Toy Symphony was scheduled to make its U.S. premiere in Boston's Kresge Auditorium with Irish virtuoso Cora Venus Lunny on hyperviolin and a children's choir and orchestra playing hi-tech beatbugs and music shapers. New Yorkers get their first taste of the symphony May 17 and 18 at Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. Meanwhile, the Oxingale label has released a new CD of the symphony featuring guest soloists Matt Haimovitz on hypercello and Kim Kashkashian on hyperviola. Past plugged-in players have included Joshua Bell ( Strings, October 2002) and Yo-Yo Ma.