Festival Schedule

APRIL 26-29: Rain or shine!

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Festival Highlight

4-5:30 PM Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony honoring writer Colson Whitehead '91, with John Lithgow '67, ArD '05, President Drew Gilpin Faust and poet Amanda Gorman '20 
Free tickets and more information here.
Sanders Theatre 

Other Thursday Events

Environmental Poetry Pop-Up
12-2 PM  
The Harvard University Center for the Environment and Poetry in America present the second of a three-part poetry share series, followed by the opportunity to record a poem for an audio-visual archive of environmental poetry for educators and students. This session’s theme is “Wilderness, Conservation, and Environmental Activism.” Share poems that answer the question: "What is wilderness and what does it mean to conserve it?" 
Science Center Plaza

soul status
3:29 PM  

soul status is an improvisation-based dance installation choreographed by Tiffany Lau '19 and Anna Antongiorgi '19. Originally set for the Science Center Plaza, soul status was created via the Emerging Choreographers Residency with the Harvard Dance Program. It is centered on creating a welcoming space, trying to figure out what is 'home,' and appreciating other people who make that space. 
South Lawn of Memorial Hall (outside Sanders Theatre) 

Producer to Label Founder: Independent Music Industry Colloquia
5-9 PM  

WHRB staff and independent producer/label-founder Sophia Saze discuss navigating today's music industry as a musician/entrepreneur. DJ sets to follow. 
Arts @ 29 Garden, 29 Garden St. 

Through Fish Eyes: Dance Exploring Marine Life 
7 PM

Explore representations of marine creatures through Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance form. Pre-register online here.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St. 

Concert by Students of Advanced Composition 
7 PM

Hear new works by students in Chaya Czernowin's course Music 161r: Advanced Composition. 
Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard 

The Capstone Sculpture 
7 PM  

Take part in constructing Essa Li '18's sculpture, which will be part of her VES Thesis Show installation at the Carpenter Center the following day. This public art sculpture includes both physical and digital media. 
Vessel Gallery, 6 Linden St. 

Wig Out! 7 PM
Enter the fabulous world of competitive ballroom drag in this dazzling play about the desire to be desired, find your home and outwalk the competition. 90 minutes. Tickets: amrep.org 
OBERON, 2 Arrow St. 

Harvard Dance Project Spring Performances 
7 PM  

Student dancers perform new works by choreographers Chanel DaSilva, Shamel Pitts and Peter Chu. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St. 

The Hyperion Shakespeare Company Presents: As You Like It 
7:30 PM

Shakespearean comedy including an enchanted forest, a cross-dressing heroine, a quadruple wedding and bucketloads of bawdy humor. For all ages. 90 minutes. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St. 

The Grand Tour 
8 PM

The River Charles Ensemble, Harvard's conductorless chamber orchestra, presents Rossini's La Scala de Seta, Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony (No. 3) and Sarasate's Navarra. 
Paine Hall, behind Science Center 

See also

Student Public Art Projects
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions

Festival Highlight

Double feature! Come for Beethoven. Stay for jazz. 
Legendary Pianist André Watts 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM

Don't miss this momentous concert! Watts and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra perform Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, led by Maestro Federico Cortese. Free; tickets at door beginning at 3:30 PM. 
Sanders Theatre 

Jazz on the Plaza with Harvard Jazz Bands
7:30-9
PM  
Groove to this jazz ensemble led by Yosvany Terry, with guest guitarist David Gilmore, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 
Science Center Plaza Tent 

Other Friday Events

Highlights Tour of Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
12:30 PM  

Harvard students lead tours including All the World Is Here, 19th-century warrior art by Plains Indians, Maya monuments and more than 150 weapons that are also extraordinary works of art. Free with museum admission or Harvard ID. 
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave. 

soul status
1:59 PM  

soul status is an improvisation-based dance installation choreographed by Tiffany Lau '19 and Anna Antongiorgi '19. Originally set for the Science Center Plaza, soul status was created via the Emerging Choreographers Residency with the Harvard Dance Program. It is centered on creating a welcoming space, trying to figure out what is 'home,' and appreciating other people who make that space. 
Plug-In House, Tercentenary Theatre (Harvard Yard) 

Kirkland House Gallery Show 
4-6 PM

Visual artwork by Kirkland House students.
Kirkland House, Senior Common Room (Entryway A), 95 Dunster St. 

VES Open Studios Opening Reception 5 PM 
5-7
PM
Five floors of work from VES studio art and photography courses. 
Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St. 

Harvardwood ARTS FIRST Mixer 
5-7
PM
Celebrate everyone who makes ARTS FIRST happen! For Harvardwood Boston/On-Campus members. 
Charlie's Kitchen, 10 Eliot St. 

Harvard Undergraduate Filmmakers Association 48-Hour Film Festival Kick-Off
5 PM

Join the competition! Sign in with your team and receive prompts to begin creating your film. Final film screenings on Sunday. 
Room 102, Sever Hall 

Wig Out! 
7
PM
Enter the fabulous world of competitive ballroom drag, find your home and outwalk the competition. 90 minutes. Tickets: amrep.org 
OBERON, 2 Arrow St. 

Harvard Dance Project Spring Performances 
7
PM
Student dancers perform new works by choreographers Chanel DaSilva, Shamel Pitts and Peter Chu. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St. 

Opening Reception: Made in Adams, with Love 
7
PM
Featuring artwork by both resident and non-resident artists, this collection highlights all types of media, from traditional drawings and paintings to technologically advanced processes in digital media. 
Adams House Art Space, 26 Plympton St. 

The Hyperion Shakespeare Company Presents: As You Like It 
7:30
PM
Shakespearean comedy for all ages. 90 minutes. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St. 

Mozart Society Orchestra Spring Concert 
8
PM
Works by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and more. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Paine Hall, behind Science Center 

See also

Student Public Art Projects
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions

Performance Fair Opening Events 

Parker Quartet and Silkroad Ensemble with the Brattle Street Chamber Players of Harvard College 
11
AM
A bold and intimate concert featuring more than a dozen musicians, including Grammy winners, in a one-of-a-kind experience showcasing the power of creative collaboration across genres and generations. 
Plaza Tent

Welcome by Actor John Lithgow ’67, ArD ’05
12:30
PM
With the Harvard University Band 
Plaza Tent

Featured Festival Events

Performance Fair | 1-5 PM

11 locations! Over 100 performances! All free! See full listings page.
In & Around Harvard Yard

Make Art Stations | 1-5 PM

On the Plaza and in the Yard. See full listings page.

Other Saturday Events

soul status
10:29 AM  

soul status is an improvisation-based dance installation choreographed by Tiffany Lau '19 and Anna Antongiorgi '19. Originally set for the Science Center Plaza, soul status was created via the Emerging Choreographers Residency with the Harvard Dance Program. It is centered on creating a welcoming space, trying to figure out what is 'home,' and appreciating other people who make that space. 
Science Center Plaza 

Student Guide Tours of Harvard Art Museums 
11
AM
Unique, thematic tours of the collection. Meet at the digital signs by the Admissions Desk. 
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St. 

Sunken Garden Children’s Theater 
11 AM & 12
PM
Twisted fairytales and wacky dancing! Suitable for children of all ages. Each show 20 minutes. 
Sunken Garden, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St. 

23rd Annual Harvard University Pow Wow 
1-5:30 PM

Annual celebration of indigenous culture. More information. 
Lesley University's Brattle Lawn, 99 Brattle St. 

Highlights Tour of Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 
2
PM
Harvard students lead tours of museum highlights. Free with museum admission or Harvard ID. 
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave. 

Hyperion Shakespeare Company Presents: As You Like It 
2
PM
Shakespearean comedy outdoors in Harvard Yard. For all ages. 90 minutes.
Rain location: Agassiz Theatre
Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard 

Harvard Dance Project Spring Performances 
7 PM

Students perform new works by Chanel DaSilva, Shamel Pitts, and Peter Chu. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St. 

Wig Out! 
7
PM
Enter the fabulous world of competitive ballroom drag, find your home and outwalk the competition. 90 minutes. Tickets: amrep.org 
OBERON, 2 Arrow St. 

Hyperion Shakespeare Company Presents: As You Like It 
7:30
PM
Shakespearean comedy for all ages. 90 minutes. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St. 

Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 
7:30
PM
Performed by the Harvard University Choir and Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. 
The Memorial Church Sanctuary, Harvard Yard 

Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) Film/Video and Animation Screenings 
7-10
PM
Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St. 

Kuumba Presents the 48th Annual Dean Archie C. Epps Spring Concert
8
PM
Harvard's esteemed performing group dedicated to celebrating Black creativity unites song, poetry and dance in a tribute to Black theater. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu
Sanders Theatre 

 

See also

Student Public Art Projects
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions

SUNDAY IN ALLSTON 

Follow the festival fun to ARTS FIRST Allston

Get your M.B.A. (music, bagels and art!) 
11
AM- 1 PM
Explore the arts with your Business School neighbors. 
Harvard i-lab, 125 Western Ave. 

Unveiling of Allston Mural by Paul Deo 
12-1
PM
Celebrate new public art by the Harlem-based artist. 
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. 

Harvard Student Art Show 
1-5
PM
View the work and meet the artists. 
Harvard Ed Portal & OFA Ceramics Program 

Ceramics Open House 
1-5 PM
Make art and experience the OFA Ceramics Program. 
OFA Ceramics Program, 224 Western Ave. 

Western Ave. Arts Walk 
1-5 PM
Discover public art with student guides. 
Leaving hourly from Harvard Ed Portal 

Singer-Songwriters in Concert 
1-5 PM
Asia Stewart ’18, Mo Kwok HGSE '18, Jocelyn Bonadio-de Freitas HGSE '18, Avanti Nagral ’20, Laila Smith ’17/NEC ’18 and Melissa Ferrick HGSE ’19. 
The Grove, 167 Western Ave. 

Antigone 
6:30
PM-8:30 PM
Sophocles’ classic about a woman who disobeyed. Adapted by Mitchell Polonsky '19 and Ben Roy '20. 
Harvard Stadium, 79 N. Harvard St. 

SUNDAY IN CAMBRIDGE 

Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience 
10
AM- 2 PM
Enjoy traditional ritual and a bowl of matcha tea. RSVP to harvardchadosociety@gmail.com
East Asian Language Center, 5 Bryant St. 

Y2Y through Art 
10
AM- 3 PM
Artworks that foster awareness and break down stereotypes surrounding youth homelessness. 
Y2Y Harvard Square, 1 Church St. Basement (press the Y2Y buzzer button for entry) 

Sunken Garden Children’s Theater 
11 AM & 12
PM
Twisted fairytales and wacky dancing! 20 minutes. 
Sunken Garden, Radcliffe Yard 

Materials Lab Workshop: Direct Animation on Film 
1-3
PM
Experiment with cameraless filmmaking. Pre-registration required at the Admissions Desk.
Harvard Art Museums, Lower Level, 32 Quincy St. 

Harvard Dance Project Spring Performances 
2
PM
Students dance new works. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St. 

Highlights Tour of Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 
2
PM
Harvard students lead tours of museum highlights. Free with museum admission or Harvard ID. 
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave. 

Hyperion Shakespeare Company Presents: As You Like It 
2
PM
Shakespearean comedy for all ages. 90 minutes. Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu 
Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St. 

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture 
3
PM
Join this romp with kazoos, torches, balloons and more! 
Leverett House Courtyard, 28 DeWolfe St. 

Organ Recital by Thomas Sheehan 
4-5
pm
Associate University Organist and Choirmaster. 
The Memorial Church Sanctuary, Harvard Yard 

Chamber Music Recital 
7
pm
Delight in the talent of the Parker Quartet's students. 
Paine Hall, behind Science Center 

A Trick of the Light (Die Gebruder Skladanowsky
7
pm
1995 German film about the Lumiere (Skladanowsky) brothers, directed by Wim Wenders. English subtitles. 
Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St. 

HUFA 48-Hour Film Festival Screening 
7
pm
New works by teams of local filmmakers. 
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard 

Wig Out! 
7
pm
Competitive ballroom drag: find your home; outwalk the competition. 90 minutes. Tickets: amrep.org 
OBERON, 2 Arrow St. 

See also

Student Public Art Projects
OFA Public Art Program Presents Impulse
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions