Events

    2019 May 03

    ARTS FIRST 2019: Jazz on the Plaza

    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Plaza Tent, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Harvard Jazz Bands will take the stage with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Yosvany Terry, Senior Lecturer on Music and director of Harvard Jazz Bands, and Mark Olson, director of the Harvard Wind Ensemble and Harvard University Band. Saxophonist and composer Don Braden '85, lauded by the New York Times as “brilliant and assured,” is the guest artist.

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    2019 May 02

    ARTS FIRST 2019

    Thu May 2 (All day) to Sun May 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard University

    Each ARTS FIRST festival is unique, but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and community.

    Enjoy free, family-friendly performances, dance styles from around the world, public art walks, hands-on artmaking, and much more! We look forward to celebrating the artists of Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.

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    2019 Apr 30

    Angela Hewitt, piano: Bach Odyssey

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

    World renowned pianist Angela Hewitt presents a program of her acclaimed Bach Odyssey, including:

    • English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806;
    • English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807;
    • Suite in F minor, BWV 823;
    • English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808;
    • Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894.

    The concert is free, but tickets required, available on April 16 at the Harvard Box Office. Tickets...

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    2019 Apr 24

    Space, Movement, and the Technological Body: A Tribute to the Bauhaus

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Design will host a night of screenings and performances that explore new bodily and spatial interfaces, including a movement-based performance by students developed in collaboration with a course taught by Krzysztof Wodiczko and Ani Liu.

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    2019 Apr 10

    A Far Cry Presents: Sounds of the Universe

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Three-time Grammy nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry returns to the Harvard Ed Portal for a cross-disciplinary program that examines the power of gravity and space through a musical lens. Join A Far Cry for an open rehearsal and discussion, in which the ensemble will preview their upcoming concert, Gravity at Jordan Hall, provide a window into their uniquely democratic rehearsal process, and explore the science behind music and the sounds of the universe with MIT theoretical particle physicist and gravitational-wave expert Jesse Thaler.

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    2019 Apr 04

    Ensemble Adilei

    6:30pm to 9:30pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Ensemble Adilei performs traditional Georgian polyphonic songs and chants, although their main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia. Gurian music is sometimes compared to jazz, because of the emphasis on improvisation, and non-parallel movement in all the voice parts. Gurian song is also characterized by k'rimanch'uli, a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice.

    For the members of Adilei singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice and is not just relegated to...

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    2019 Mar 31

    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Join the Parker Quartet for an afternoon of music! On their set is Mozart Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428; Zeynep Toraman things are made to fill voids (Blodgett composition winner); and Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (with Parker Quartet Guest Artist Award winners).

    This event is free, but tickets required, available beginning March 17 at ...

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    2019 Mar 07

    Wise and Young

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for the premiere of new music by violinist Jeffrey Young and percussionist Peter Wise. Inspired by jazz, electronic, and classical music, these collaborative creations were developed over two months through a process of improvisation, recording, and revision. Following the concert, the musicians will discuss their music and development process with the audience.

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council.

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    2019 Mar 01

    Budding Friendship: A Joint Concert ft. Harvard Wind Ensemble & Middlesex Concert Band

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

    Come see Harvard’s Wind Ensemble and the Middlesex Concert Band together in concert for the first time! The program includes pieces such as “Gandalf,” “Danzon no.2,” and “Pineapple Poll.” Join us in sharing the joy of music and celebrating the growth of our musical community. Admission is free!

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    2019 Jan 09

    A Far Cry Presents: Musical Legacy - An exploration of the teacher-student relationship

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry returns to the Harvard Ed Portal for an open rehearsal and discussion featuring violinist and former instructor Pamela Frank. Sections of A Far Cry’s upcoming concert Legacy will be previewed followed by a discussion of the piece’s mission to...

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    2018 Nov 30

    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA

    Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Quartet; Beethoven String Quartet in E Minor, Op.59 No.2; Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op.57 (with Orion Weiss). Free but tickets required, available beginning November 16 at Harvard Box Office. Tickets may be picked up in person or obtained by phone or online. 496-2222. There is a small charge for phone or online orders.

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    2018 Nov 30

    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA

    Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Quartet; Beethoven String Quartet in E Minor, Op.59 No.2; Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op.57 (with Orion Weiss). Free but tickets required, available beginning November 16 at Harvard Box Office. Tickets may be picked up in person or obtained by phone or online. 496-2222. There is a small charge for phone or online orders.

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    2018 Nov 01

    An Evening with the Parker Quartet

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, artists in residence at Harvard University, returns to the Ed Portal as part of their 2018-19 season. Join us for an evening featuring classical music performed by one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. All are welcome!

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    2018 Oct 30

    A Hundred Moons - A Kathak Dance Performance

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a special evening celebrating Diwali, the Indian festival of lights! Diwali is said to be lit by the love that resides within each person. Dancer and Harvard Kennedy School student Neha Bansal will explore this idea with a performance of her original work A Hundred Moons, a dance in the Kathak Indian classical style. Bansal’s work uses traditional Indian symbols to tell the story of the love between two mythological characters, Radha and Krishna.

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    2018 Oct 29

    Schlesinger 75th Anniversary Celebration

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

    In this performance and discussion, “The Suffragists” captures the power and passion of American women’s fight for the vote through song. Created by the acclaimed singer-songwriter Shaina Taub, the musical tells the story of the last decade of the struggle through the rivalry between Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul. Taub’s musical gives voice to these women in ways that powerfully resonate in today’s political landscape. The performance will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion.

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    2018 Oct 27

    Songs in the Fog

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Fog x Hill, Hunnewell Building Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Join us at the Arnold Arboretum as we come to the close of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's Fog x FLO installation by artist Fujiko Nakaya. Returning from her successful opening performance here at the Arboretum, lyric soprano Shinja Choi will sing a selection of songs for the Arboretum's Fog x Hill. Shinja has performed operas and oratorios with orchestras in Korea, Japan, the United States, Germany, and won competitions in the United States, Austria, and Japan. Born in Seoul, Shinja has a Masters of Music from the Manhattan...

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