A record number of more than 5,000 alumni and friends attended the MIT Technology Gathering held online from June 4th to 6th this year. A special event was held for the class reunion, and the entire MIT community was invited to watch Pops’ online technology night, learn from faculty and staff on the technology day, and conduct a virtual campus tour.
Home symphony hall
Since the 123rd annual Tech Night at Pops is held in a virtual way, there is no limit to the number of alumni and guests who can participate, and everyone gets a front row seat. The Boston Pop Orchestra performed a show tailored for the occasion in the empty symphony hall directed by Keith Lockhart, including the college’s favorite “Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Arise “All Ye of MIT” and the 50th reunion pay tribute to the 1971 class of tunes from Three Dog Night and Carole King. The evening also included classical music, such as the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto-by MIT Ph.D. student and MIT Emerson Project Music Student William Wang in his concert with professional orchestra Performed in the first performance. According to tradition, the broadcast ends with the “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the (virtual) balloon falling. Throughout the performance, alumni and guests lit up the chat with greetings and memories from all over the world:
Stephanie Sharo Keyes ’99, ’01,
I am very happy to share the technology night of Pop Music Night with my 3.5-year-old kid in Tucson tonight!
Debbie Zapping ’86:
Hello from Austin, Texas! This is part of the 35th reunion event in 1986.
Jesse Hines ’70:
We have watched pop music many times, but we are always looking forward to it.
Maris Flavel ’56:
Looking forward to my first pop concert after graduation.
Allen Whitney ’66,
SM ’67, PhD ’74:
Alan Whitney, grade 66 here (BSEE, MSEE, PhD); As an undergraduate and graduate student, I have been playing the first violin in the MIT Symphony Orchestra for these years.
Nowa Lubega ’86:
Greetings from Uganda—My first pop concert. Cute!
Dali Jimenez ’01:
Hello, highway from Southern California! Hello 2001!
Bob Nakata ’81,
Aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii!
Jennifer Dixon ’96:
Greetings from Charleston SC. This is very interesting. Cheers to everyone who made this reunion possible.
Lucas Carmelo Sá ’16:
Hello, from Fortaleza, Brazil!
Jim Manoa ’71:
Our 50 years of reunion! Who can think of it! Watch the live broadcast while Pops popcorn eats my Tech Night gift, and watch a polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.
Ric Schonblom ’56, SM ’57:
It is a pleasure to be here. “On campus” for the first time in more than 50 years!
Philip Yellow ’99:
Hello, from Shanghai!
Sulka Vajhara Trivedi
’96, SM ’99:
Hello, the 25th class of 1996, everyone! I would love to see all the red jackets with my own eyes!