Visiting Artists

2017 Mar 24

classical guitarist DAIANA FERREIRA DA COSTA



Lamont Library, Forum Room

classical guitarist DAIANA FERREIRA DA COSTAPresented by: Learning From Performers and Lamont Library
Admission: Free and open to Harvard ID holders only (tickets/RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Blog post: Read an interview with Daiana on the Harvard Arts Blog

Born in Paraguay, Daiana Ferreira Da Costa is a lawyer and a Cultural Ambassador for her native country, as well as an acclaimed, prize-winning classical guitarist and music teacher. She will discuss her career as a musical artist and perform selections on guitar during this lecture-demonstration.

2017 Feb 24




Farkas Hall Studio, 10 Holyoke St.

playwright SHARON BRIDGFORTHPresented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free, tickets/RSVPs not required; seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
Related eventlove conjure/blues presented by Harvard’s BlackC.A.S.T., April 13-15, 21-22.

A 2016 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 Creative Capital awardee, Sharon Bridgforth collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts. In this artist talk, she will focus on the process of using theatrical jazz performance methodologies to explore Black American migrations queerly, sharing images and video from early workings of her piece love conjure/blues and her new project, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home. love conjure/blues—which will be presented by Harvard’s BlackC.A.S.T. theater group during the spring term, April 13-21—explores a range of possibilities of gender expression and sexuality within a rural, Black working class context. The dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home project will acquire and gift a home to an emerging artist. The project will be in residence in the artist house for a month, offering art centered community engagement activities leading up to the house gifting.

2017 Mar 03

Visiting Artist Lecture with Ronan Peterson

1:00pm to 2:00pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Ronan Peterson PitcherPresented by Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

Join us as Ronan Kyle Peterson shares unique process of making highly-surfaced, functional work and his life as a studio potter at Nine Toes Pottery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ronan is in Boston as a Visiting Artist at Mudflat Studio and you can find out more information on his workshop here.

This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP here.


2017 Feb 17

Visiting Artist Trisha Baga

3:00pm to 7:00pm


Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Trisha BagaTrisha Baga
Public Workshop
Fri, Feb 17, 3­–5:30 pm
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard: 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02478

Followed by a video screening and reception next door at the Harvard Ed Portal from 5:30 - 7 pm

As the 2017 Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner in the Arts at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard, Trisha Baga will lead an open ceramics session and screening at Harvard Ceramics Program on Feb 17. The event will be the culmination of workshops with VES students that explore the performative and political capacities of clay.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

2016 Nov 21

Visiting Artist Lecture with Ian M. Petrie

5:30pm to 6:30pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Join us for a lecture from emerging talent Ian M. Petrie who is currently the Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA.

Petrie's exquisite illustrative and narrative ceramics turn utilitarian ware on it's head. Petrie is an artist hell-bent on the synthesis of ceramics (or: “pottery") and sequential art (or: “comics”) and will discuss how he achieves this in his contemporary ceramic work.

This lecture is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email

2017 Feb 11

Visiting Artist Workshop with Michael Kline

10:00am to 5:00pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Presented by: Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard

Workshop Description:

North Carolina master potter, Michael Kline, will demonstrate his beautifully thrown multi-part pots, handled bowls, jug forms and a cut-edge plate. Surface demonstrations will include brush-work with pigmented wax resist and slip-inlay techniques. Participants will enjoy a hands-on exercise on brush work. The day will include an hour for lunch (pot-luck) with a slide presentation on the Kline's work, his studio and kilns in North Carolina as well as his use of social media as a contemporary potter.

2016 Nov 09

Celebrating Randy Weston's Archive at Havard



Agassiz Theatre, 5 James St.

Presented by: Hutchins Jazz Research Initiative, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard Office for the Arts's Learning From Performers Program, and Harvard College Library
Tickets: Admission is free, tickets required. 2 tickets per person, valid until 6:45PM. 
How to get tickets: Available through The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222 beginning October 26.

Come celebrate the university’s acquisition of pianist and composer Randy Weston's historic archive of papers, scores, recordings, and photographs. Beginning with highlights from the collection, a conversation and with Randy Weston and historian Robin D. G. Kelly, and ending with a performance by Weston and his African Rhythms Quintet, the event will provide a window into his rich life and career.

See the change

VDP director Jacqui Parker hopes a play that invokes Greek mythology and depicts street kids can increase awareness of the homeless youth among us.

By Jasmin Stephens ‘20

2017 Apr 11

A Conversation with Conductor ANDRIS NELSONS



Paine Hall, Music Building, 3 Oxford St.

Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free: No Tickets Required

Conductor Andris Nelsons, appointed in 2014 as the fifteenth Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), will participate in a panel discussion also featuring BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe and Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg, as well as Federico Cortese, Music Director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and moderator Anne Shreffler, Professor of Music at Harvard. The panelists will engage in a far-ranging discussion of the BSO’s history and legacy, while considering the future of the institution and its influence on the world’s musical stage, focusing on current goals and initiatives for the orchestra; developing new audiences for classical, modern and contemporary music; curatorial considerations in shaping a season’s repertoire; connecting with Boston's music and broader arts community; and other topics.

2016 Nov 18

a master class with soprano SHEREZADE PANTHAKI



Classroom 9, Music Building, 3 Oxford St. (North of Harvard Yard)

Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free: No Tickets Require

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “astonishing coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); a vocal color “combining brilliance with a dark, plumlike tone” (The Wall Street Journal); and passionately informed interpretations “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, she has developed strong collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including, among others, Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Simon Carrington and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn. Panthaki, currently a Christoph Wolff Visiting Performer at the Harvard University Department of Music, will conduct a master class for Harvard undergraduate singers.