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ARTS FIRST is Harvard's annual showcase of student and faculty creativity. Produced by the OFA, with support from the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, the festival is a public event with many free performances and activities for Harvard and community members of all ages.


ARTS FIRST 2015: APRIL 30-MAY 3

The 2015 Harvard Arts Medal ceremony honoring former New York City Ballet principal dancer and arts leader Damian Woetzel MPA ‘07. #ARTSFIRST 2015

The Harvard Band will kick off the Performance Fair with John Lithgow '67. #ARTSFIRST 2015

Deep Wounds, a large scale digital/video installation in Memorial Hall's Trancept and part of the Harvard Civil War Project, runs April 4-May 7.

There's something for everyone at #ARTSFIRST 2015.

Harvard Breakers will perform at DanceFest on the Plaza (Saturday 3-5pm). #ARTSFIRST 2015

Harvard Ballet Company performs in Swan Lake: For The Birds! (12 PM Saturday), at "American Girl Book Club" on (1 PM Saturday) and at DanceFest (Saturday 3-5 PM). #ARTSFIRST 2015

Harvard Medical School's Chamber Music Society performs 2-4 PM on Sunday, May 3 in the JBM Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, HMS

See the Opportunes on the Yard Stage at 4 PM, Saturday 5/1, during the Performance Fair. #ARTSFIRST 2015

George Ko '16 plays Chopin in Memorial Church at 3 PM, Saturday 5/1, during the Performance Fair. #ARTSFIRST 2015

Layla Siraj '16 plays in Paine Hall at 4:30 PM, Saturday 5/1 during the Performance Fair. #ARTSFIRST 2015

From the Harvard Arts Blog

Damian Woetzel to be awarded Harvard Arts Medal

by Tom Lee
Former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Kennedy School alum will be honored at April 30 ceremony hosted by John Lithgow '67.
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    Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival

    Thursday, April 30
    Harvard Arts Medal Celebration: Dancer and arts leader Damian Woetzel MPA '07

    Friday, May 1
    Jazz on The Plaza with Harvard Jazz Band, with Don Braden ’85, conductor/tenor saxophonist. Special guests include Vijay Iyer and Ralph Peterson, Jr.

    Saturday, May 2
    Performance Fair Opening Events:
    Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra performs Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor
    Swan Lake: For the Birds! with the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, River Charles Ensemble, Harvard Ballet Company and a corps de ballet of Harvard faculty: Rakesh Khurana, Tom Dingman and distinguished professors Steven Pinker, Diana Eck and others! Hosted by Harvard’s Master of the Arts John Lithgow ’67, intrepidly assisted by the Harvard Jazz Band.
    Performance Fair including Global Arts/DanceFest on the Plaza and “Make Art” stations.

    Sunday, May 3
    Spring Forward: Stories and Music for a New Season: 6 storytellers, 7 minutes, no notes and (mostly true) tales on the theme of “spring” presented by The Sloth storytelling group. The afternoon culminates with the Eurydice Chamber Ensemble performing Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring under the Plaza Ten.

    January 28 is the deadline for

    Questions? Contact Marin Orlosky Randow, ARTS FIRST Coordinator at orlosky@fas

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