Events

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra: Final Concert

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Don't miss the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's final concert of the season on Sunday, June 9. The program includes pieces such as "Overture to La gazza ladra," "Pelleas und Melisande," and more. 

    The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' (BYSO) mission is to encourage artistic excellence in a nurturing environment by providing the highest quality orchestral training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, while making its programs accessible to underrepresented youth through financial aid and outreach.

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    Club Passim Summer Concert Series

    Location: 

    Harvard Northwest Science Building, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Club Passim in partnership with Harvard University brings free live music to the Harvard Common Spaces every other Friday at 12:00pm-1:00pm from May 10 to September 27.

    During your lunch hour, enjoy Harvard’s relaxing Common Space full of food trucks and summer fun!

    Artist lineup:
    Friday, June 7 - Lloyd Thayer
    Friday, June 21 - Adam Brahami
    Friday, July 5 - Alisa Amador
    Friday, July 19 - Hayley Sabella
    Friday, August 2 - Sheila Del Bosque & Nacho Gonzales
    Friday, August 16 - Pretty Saro
    Friday, August 30 - Liv...

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    The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Harvard Professor Ali Asani ’77; Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson will share the poetic consciousness of legendary South Asian mystic poets through music and conversation. Central to the performance are the transformative powers of love, the primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation.

    Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.

    Cost: Free tickets will be available...

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    ARTS FIRST 2019: Jazz on the Plaza

    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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    ARTS FIRST 2019

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    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.

    Events include:

    • May 2,...
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    Angela Hewitt, piano: Bach Odyssey

    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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    Seminal Voices

    Location: 

    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Dance Center for an evening of new experiments with the methods of three visionary artists who have expanded the meaning of choreographic practice—and still do. See Harvard students perform and engage with work that spans 90 years of dance history. Evocative, idiosyncratic, distinctive, and infinitely expressive, each of the these works provides dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to encounter dance history and participate in it.

    Cost: $5 for students; $10 for general public.

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

    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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    Puente Musical: Celebrating Chucho Valdés

    Location: 

    Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join us for a concert featuring pianist Chucho Valdés, the 2019 Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence, with the Harvard Jazz Bands.

    The Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. He is a six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Latin Grammy Award Winner. Born into a family of musicians in Quivicán, Havana province, Cuba, Dionisio Jesús "Chucho" Valdés Rodríguez, has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban music tradition, jazz, classical music, rock and more, into an organic, personal style...

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    A Far Cry Presents: Sounds of the Universe

    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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    Ensemble Adilei

    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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    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    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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    Wise and Young

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

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

    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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    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    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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