Musical Tribute to Scientists - Cambridge, 2010
Honoring Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky Honorary Concert
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The famous linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, known widely for being the world's leading intellectual, was honored during a special honorary concert, which he attended with dozens of family, friends and colleagues, at Kresge Auditorium, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 22, 2010. The concert included performances of music dedicated to Noam Chomsky and speeches by noted scientists and speakers, including David Pesetsky of MIT and Gennaro Chierchia, the head of Harvard's linguistics department.

The event was a part of Manukyan's Musical Tribute to Scientists project, which is a series of concerts dedicated to the world's most eminent scientists and intellectuals. Similar concerts will follow in New York and Texas, honoring James Watson and Steven Weinberg later next year.

Please contact us if you'd like to help us organize future events.

Check back soon for the transcripts of speeches by Chierchia, Pesetsky and Manukyan.

                      Noam Chomsky and assistant Bev Stohl, chatting with Edward Manukyan and
                      soprano Lyndi Williams, after the concert in Cambridge. (Photo by Sean Tang)

Concert Soloists

One of Bostonís most active and unique violinists, Sarita Uranovsky has performed with nearly all major chamber and orchestral groups in the area, including the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, the Cantata Singers, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, etc.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Sarita Uranovsky began playing the violin at age 7. She holds Bachelor of Music (with Honors) and Master of Music (with Distinction) degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD, and an Artist Diploma from Boston University. Her major teachers include Simon Fischer and Bayla Keyes. Ms. Uranovsky performed in masterclasses for Pinchas Zuckerman, Aaron Rosand, Sylvia Rosenberg, William Preucil, Joseph Silverstein and Leon Spierer, among others. Read More >>

Having studied with the principal clarinetists of the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, Molly Walker has embarked on a rewarding career, giving performances throughout the United States and overseas. She received a Masters Degree from Boston University and earned a scholarship from the Royal College of Music in London, to study with Barnaby Robson, principal clarinetist of the London Philharmonia. She has been recently appearing as a guest lecturer at the Boston University.

Molly Walker also studied at Northwestern University (BA Degree) in Illinois. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was honored a membership into the Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music fraternity. Read More >>

Working with the Amarillo Opera for over a decade, Lyndi Williams performed in many concerts around Texas and the mid-western states. She holds a Bachelors Degree from West Texas A&M University and has been performing with Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Civic Chorus, West Texas Chorale, West Texas Chamber Singers, Sfortzando Singers and other groups.

Ms. Williams has recently been performing in concerts throughout United States and overseas, collaborating with Edward Manukyan as one of the organizers of Musical Tribute to Scientists project and a frequent performing musician. She is the prize-winner of a number of competitions and has premiered works by noted composers. Read More >>

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The concert includes speeches by Prof. David Pesetsky (a colleague of Noam Chomsky at MIT), Prof. Gennaro Chierchia (head of Harvard's linguistics department), as well as a brief address by Edward Manukyan.

The event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council, MIT Graduate Student Council and MIT Lecture Series Committee.

We'd like to take this opportunity to personally thank Kevin McComber, Nan Gu and Brandon S. Russell of MIT Graduate Students Council, for their tireless help and support.

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(On the right) The first page of "Monologue," for solo violin, dedicated to Noam Chomsky and premiered by his son Harry Chomsky, during a private performance in San Francisco, on October 6, 2009.

                       Noam Chomsky at his honorary concert. January, 2010.

                      Noam Chomsky and Edward Manukyan, at Chomsky's MIT office. Behind is the portrait
                      of Bertrand Russell, with the "Thee passions..." quote at the bottom.

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