Events Calendar

Harvard JAMS! (January Arts and Media Seminars)


Presented by Office for the Arts

Location: Office for the Arts at Harvard, 74 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge
How to get tickets: Admission Free: No Tickets Required


Wednesday, January 22 - Friday, January 25, 2012


“Introduction to Moment Work: Exploring Elements of the Stage”

When: Tuesday-Thursday, January 22-24, 10am-6pm
Where: Adams House Pool Theatre.
What: Scott Barrow, actor/company member, Tectonic Theater Company will lead a three-part workshop. Students will actively engage with the elements of the stage—exploring lights, sound, costumes, movement, text, architecture and other elements—to discover their full theatrical potential and the poetry inherent in each element. This experiment in theatrical language and form encourages students to think creatively, to unlock their theatrical imagination, and to discover the multitude of ways that the elements of the stage can communicate. Students are taught to analyze and critique the work from a structuralist perspective. The workshop culminates in a presentation of all the “moments” created over the course of the three days. Moment work is a technique for creating and analyzing theater developed by Moisés Kaufman, founder of Tectonic Theater Project, perhaps best known for the Matthew Shepard docudrama The Laramie Project.

Enrollment: Limited
Contact: Tom Lee, Learning From Performers Director, lee16@fas.harvard.edu; or call 617-495-1924

Presented by Office for the Arts Learning From Performers Program
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“Preliminary Workshop for Dance Party Public”

with Jesse Aron Green ’02, visual artist and Hana van Der Kolk, movement artist

When: Tuesday-Wednesday, January 22-23, 2-5 pm
Where: Director’s Studio, 74 Mt. Auburn St.
What: Jesse Aron Green ’02 and Hana van der Kolk are collaborating with Harvard students on “Dance Party Public,” a site-specific performance to be presented at Harvard’s ARTS FIRST festival in April 2013. This two-day workshop will act as an introduction to a six-week long spring residency led by Green and van der Kolk to develop the performance, which will draw upon a range of traditions in movement, music and art.

Employing a variety of improvisation strategies, the workshops will train participants to deepen their sensory and somatic capabilities with the aim of expanding individual movement possibilities and cultivating skills for working together through the body.

Enrollment: No prior experience with performance is required; males and females of all body types, movement backgrounds and levels of performance experience are encouraged to participate.
Contact: Tom Lee, Learning From Performers Director, lee16@fas.harvard.edu

For more information: ofa.fas.harvard.edu/lfp/dancepartypublic.php

Presented by Office for the Arts Learning From Performers Program
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Master Class with Christine Ebersole, vocalist/actor

When: Friday, January 25, 3 pm
Where: Horner Room, Agassiz House, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
What: Acclaimed for her Tony Award-winning tour-de-force performance in the hit musical Grey Gardens, Christine Ebersole has captivated audiences on the Broadway stage (42nd Street, Blithe Spirit), in television series and specials (“Saturday Night Live,” the current “Sullivan and Sons” on TBS), films (Amadeus), concert appearances, and on recordings. She will conduct a master class with Harvard student vocalists co-sponsored by the Celebrity Series of Boston (which will present her in Sanders Theatre, Saturday January 26, 8 pm).

Observers welcome; admission is free and open to the public (tickets or RSVPs not required), seating is first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Contact: Tom Lee, Learning From Performers Director, lee16@fas.harvard.edu

Presented by Office for the Arts Learning from Performers Program
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“Exploring Music & Careers: More than One Route to Go”

When: Tuesday, January 22, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Where: TBA
What: How does music stay a part of your life? Alumni guests who have taken four distinct paths, from concert soloist to physician, will discuss this question.
Lynn Chang ’75, violinist; Dr. Lisa M. Wong ‘79, violinist, violist, President, Longwood Symphony; Yo-Yo Ma ’76, cellist; Dr. Richard Kogan ’77, pianist

Winner of the International Paganini Competition, Chang is a violinist known for his work as both a soloist and chamber music. He is a founding member of the Boston Music Society and has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras. He is a faculty member at MIT, Boston University, Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory. In addition to Boston Chamber Music Society releases, he can be heard on Yo-Yo Ma’s Made in America (Sony) and Dawn Upshaw’s Girl with Orange Lips (Nonesuch) a Grammy Award winning recording.

As a pediatrician, Dr. Lisa Wong endorses the importance of music to all her patients. She is president of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, which is comprised of 80% medical professionals and students, and combines music and community service as its mission. Dr. Wong also serves on the board of Young Audiences of Massachusetts and helped start the Bring Back the Music program, which revitalized in-class instrumental music instruction in the Boston public schools.

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. He is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests.

Dr. Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a concert pianist and as a psychiatrist. He has been praised for his "eloquent, compelling, and exquisite playing" by The New York Times, and The Boston Globe wrote that "Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world's two most demanding professions." He has gained renown for his lectures and recitals that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors on the creative output of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein.

Enrollment: Limited to Harvard College undergraduates with ID, first-come-first serve, subject to venue capacity.

Presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard
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“Comedy Writing with Tom Gammill and Max Pross”
with Tom Gammill ’79, and Max Pross ’79, writer/producers

When: Thursday, January 24 (TIME TBA)
Where: TBA
What: So exactly how hard is it to write comedy? Find out what it takes to make ‘em laugh with veteran TV comedy writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross, who will discuss their careers and screen clips of their work.
Admission is free (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating is first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.

Gammill and Pross met at Harvard and were editors of The Harvard Lampoon. They have been a comedy writing team for over thirty years, with TV credits including Steve Martin's fourth NBC special “Steve Martin's Best Show Ever,” “It's Garry Shandling's Show,” “The Wonder Years,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Seinfeld,” “Monk” and “Futurama.” They have been writer/producers on “The Simpsons” since 1998, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2001 for the “Simpsons” episode “HOMR.”
To register, please fill out the sign up sheet by clicking here.