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2012-13 Flashback: Learning From Performers

Twenty-five individual artists and two music ensembles participated in Learning From Performers during the 2012-13 academic year, interacting with Harvard students and the broader community in a series of master classes, workshops, seminars and informal discussions. From the vocal coaching of legendary singer Barbara Cook to a discussion-clinic with jazz/hip-hop maverick Robert Glasper, and a conversation with funnyman Jason Alexander to a workshop with storyteller Xanthe Gresham, professionals in the arts shared their knowledge, experience and passion. As Tony Award-winning vocalist/actor Christine Ebersole advised a trio of student performers in her Wintersession master class, “Recognize your own gifts, then act on them. The power of who you are and what you bring to it—that’s what gets transmitted.”

Some highlights of the year’s programming are in the photos below (click on each photo for more information).


Click here for descriptions of the year’s programming. And check out media coverage for Learning From Performers:

David Adjmi and ‘Marie Antoinette': Finding the ‘terrible beauty’ of theater (Harvard Arts Blog, 5/5/12)
Robert Glasper and the ‘black box’ of music (Harvard Arts Blog, 10/5/12)
Breathing new life into old songs (Harvard Arts Blog, 10/30/12)
When jazz was king (Harvard Gazette, 11/5/12)
Jazz Legends Father to Look Forward (Harvard Crimson, 11/6/12)
Kristin Chenoweth: ‘Go for it’ (Harvard Arts Blog, 12/8/12)
Chenoweth, Star of ‘Wicked,’ Brings Stories, Songs to Farkas (Harvard Crimson, 12/10/12)
JAMS Provide Chance to Explore Arts (Harvard Crimson, 2/5/13)
Imagining the artist’s life (Harvard Arts Blog, 1/25/13)
Eminent Musicians Reunite in Kirkland (Harvard Crimson, 1/23/13)
Christine Ebersole: The power of who you are (Harvard Arts Blog, 1/26/13)
Renée Fleming: Support the song, the breath and each other (Harvard Arts Blog, 2/3/13)
The signature sound of Sweet Honey (Harvard Arts Blog, 2/20/13)
Sweet Honey a Rare Treat (Harvard Crimson, 2/12/13)
‘Fire of her own desire': Xanthe Gresham on storytelling (Harvard Arts Blog, 3/6/12)
Portrait of an Artist: Xanthe Gresham (Harvard Crimson, 3/5/13)
On the Edge: Where science and art meet (Harvard Arts Blog, 4/12/13)
Science under the stage lights (Harvard Gazette, 4/11/13)
In Science Center, Microbiology Class Puts Science On Stage (Harvard Crimson, 3/29/13)
Jason Alexander on talent, lessons, dreams and ‘Seinfeld’ (Harvard Arts Blog, 3/27/13)
Jason Alexander Begins a New Act (Harvard Crimson, 4/2/13)
Jason Alexander, front and center (Harvard Gazette, 3/29/13)
A master’s guide to singing (Harvard Gazette, 4/10/13)
Playback: Harvard Jazz Bands honor Tom Everett (Harvard Arts Blog, 4/12/13)
Artist Spotlight: Joshua Redman ’91 (Harvard Crimson, 4/17/13)
Harvard honors retiring band director at celebratory show (Bay State Banner, 4/25/13)
Jazzy Tribute to Tom Everett (Harvard Magazine, 4/15/13)
Matt Damon: From Harvard to Hollywood, and Back Home (Harvard Magazine, 4/26/13)
In Arts Medal Ceremony, Matt Damon Reflects on Marathon Bombings (Harvard Crimson, 4/25/13)
Matt Damon, on his craft (Harvard Gazette, 4/25/13)
Matt Damon talks career, roots at Harvard ceremony (Bay State Banner, 5/9/13)
Finally! Two decades after dropping out of Harvard delighted Matt Damon arrives to collect college’s prestigious Arts Medal (Daily Mail, 4/25/13)
Matt Damon: Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony with Luciana! (Just Jared, 4/25/13)
‘Gangnam Style’ by the Yard (Harvard Gazette, 5/10/13)

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