Events

    2018 Apr 28

    Free Admission Day for ARTS FIRST

    10:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums

    In celebration of ARTS FIRST, the Harvard Art Museums are offering free admission on Saturday, April 28. Explore the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, take a tour with a student guide, and enjoy musical performances in the Calderwood Courtyard and Adolphus Busch Hall.

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    2018 Apr 28

    Silk Road Ensemble, Parker Quartet, Brattle Street Chamber Players

    11:00am

    Location: 

    ARTS FIRST Plaza Tent

    The Silkroad Ensemble, Parker Quartet (Blodgett Artists-in- Residence, Department of Music) and the Brattle Street Chamber Players of Harvard College join up in a bold and intimate concert featuring more than a dozen musicians in a one-of-a-kind experience that reminds us of the power of creative collaboration across genres and generations.

    Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76 in 1998, the Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Silkroad has been affiliated with...

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    2018 Apr 27

    Jazz on the Plaza with Harvard Jazz Bands, directed by Yosvany Terry With guest jazz guitarist David Gilmore

    7:30pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Plaza Tent

    Gilmore
    Guitarist David Gilmore has performed and recorded with many of today’s most influential artists including Wayne Shorter, Steve Coleman, Christian McBride, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Randy Brecker, Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Sam Rivers and many others. His latest release, Transitions (2017 Criss Cross Records) was one of Downbeat Magazine’s top CDs of 2017. He was also voted into the both the Critic’s Poll and Reader’s Poll of 2017.

    Gilmore’s playing has been compared to guitarists as diverse as George Benson and Jimi Hendrix. Gilmore has been the recipient of numerous grants, including two Chamber Music of America, New Jazz Works Composer Grants, and nominated for the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award. Committed to an improvisational approach that reflects a global awareness, he conducts master classes around the world, and is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.... Read more about Jazz on the Plaza with Harvard Jazz Bands, directed by Yosvany Terry With guest jazz guitarist David Gilmore

    2018 Apr 27

    Pianist André Watts to perform Beethoven with Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

    5:30pm

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre

    André Watts
    Pianist André Watts will perform with the HRO on April 27 in Sanders Theatre. Photo: David Bazemore
    A concert featuring pianist André Watts, with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, conducted by Federico Cortese.

    Presented by: Office for the Arts as part of the ARTS FIRST festival (April 26-29)

    Admission: Free and open to the public. Tickets available at 3:30 pm at the door on April 27.

    Legendary pianist and professor of music André Watts is the recipient of the 2018 Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award, Harvard’s highest music award recognizing an outstanding educator. Watts will receive the award during a free concert and ceremony 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Sanders Theatre, where he will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major (Emperor Concerto) with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra under the director of Federico Cortese, senior lecturer on music at Harvard University.... Read more about Pianist André Watts to perform Beethoven with Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
    2018 Apr 26

    2018 Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Writer COLSON WHITEHEAD '91

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre

    Colson Whitehead
    Writer Colson Whitehead '91 Photo: Madeline Whitehead
    Presented By Office for the Arts and the Harvard Board of Overseers

    Author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead ‘91 is the recipient of the 2018 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. The ceremony, which is presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, is the official opening of ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing student and faculty creativity in the arts. The medal ceremony includes a discussion with Whitehead moderated by actor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D ‘05.... Read more about 2018 Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Writer COLSON WHITEHEAD '91

    2017 Apr 30

    The Magic of Java Free Admission Day in Honor of the Peabody Museum’s 150th Anniversary

    2:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue

    Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
    Admission: Free Admission Day in Honor of the Peabody Museum’s 150th Anniversary  
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    Shadow theater and live music, popular highlights of the Javanese village at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, come to the galleries of the Peabody Museum! Enjoy a contemporary performance based on scenes from...

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    2017 Apr 30

    ARTS FIRST: Jazz on the Plaza

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    The Plaza Tent

    Yosvany Terry¡Festejemos jazz! April 30 is International Jazz Day—join us for this free concert featuring Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry, Harvard’s Director of Jazz Ensembles, Senior Lecturer on Music and ”a leader among the current generation of Afro-Carribean jazz musicians in the United States” according to The New York Times. ... Read more about ARTS FIRST: Jazz on the Plaza

    2017 Apr 29

    In The Beginning...the ARTS FIRST Creation Story (sort of)

    11:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    The Plaza Tent

    The ARTS FIRST Origin Story you never knew you wanted to know!

    Starring
    Dean Rakesh Khurana as the Fearless Rakeshules, Bringer of Art
    Sir Dean Thomas Dingman as the Celestial Soprano of the Gods
    The esteemed Gregory Mankiw, Titan
    The Reverend Jonathan Walton, Narrator
    Geneticist Pardis Sabeti as the Algorithmic Oracle
    with
    River Charles Ensemble | Hasty Pudding Theatricals | Harvard Ballet Company | Expressions Dance Company | Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones

    Lilly Riverón '17, ARTS FIRST 2015
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    2017 Apr 28

    A Celebration of Harvard Artists

    8:30pm

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre

    A Celebration of Harvard Artists
    Friday, April 28, 8:30 PM
    Sanders Theatre
    Sold out. Some tickets will be available at Sanders Theatre the evening of the performance at 7:30 pm, one hour prior to curtain time.  First come, first served.

    Join us for a festive evening of dance, music, spoken word, drama and film directed by Diane Paulus '88 and honoring the talents cultivated at Harvard and their continuing journeys, featuring actors Courtney Vance ‘82 and Elizabeth Leimkuhler...

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    2017 Apr 28

    Opening Reception: VES 2017 Senior Thesis: elsewhere—here

    5:00pm

    Location: 

    Level 1 + Level 3, Sert Gallery, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St

    Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
    Admission: Free and open to the public
    Opening Reception: Fri, Apr 28, 5 pm
    Runs: April 28-May 26
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    For many Visual and Environmental Studies students, the Senior Thesis is the capstone experience in the department. Students...

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    2017 Apr 28

    VES Open Studios

    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    24 Quincy Street and 6 Linden Street

    Presented by: Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard
    Admission: Free and open to the public
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    Student work displayed comes from the following courses; Making Things: Form, Function and Materials; Conceptual Figure; Sculptural Dimensions; Building Thought; Intro to Still Photography; Loitering; Principals and Plasticity: Intermediate Painting Course; Post Brush; Slow Photography...

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    2017 Apr 27

    Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Actor JOHN LITHGOW

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Loeb Drama Center Main Stage, 64 Brattle St.

    John Lithgow announced as 2017 Harvard Arts Medal Recipient
    Presented by: Learning From Performers
    ADMISSION: Free, tickets required.
    How to get tickets: Available in person at the Harvard Box Office, Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge, online, or by calling 617.496.2222 (online and phone ticket orders subject to service fees). Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates (2 per person, with valid ID) begins Tuesday, April 18; ticket distribution for the public (2 per person) begins Thursday, April 20. Some remaining tickets may be available at the door one hour prior to event start time.


    Award-winning actor John Lithgow ’67 ArD ’05 is the recipient of the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Harvard University Board of Overseers in association with the American Repertory Theater. It will include a discussion with Lithgow moderated by President Faust. This is the opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing student and faculty creativity in the arts celebrating its 25th anniversary April 27-30.... Read more about Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Actor JOHN LITHGOW

    2017 Apr 26

    Overlay: Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons

    Wed - Sat, May 2 to Jul 7, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, 8 Garden St

    Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
    Admission: Free and open to the public
    Exhibition Runs: 4/26-7/1 
    Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday, 12-5 PM
    Overlay Exhibition Opening Discussion: Tuesday, April 25, 5 PM
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    Overlay, an exhibition created by the multimedia artist Xaviera Simmons for the Radcliffe Institute, uses text-based video, photographs, and soundscapes to feature characters rooted in stories and historical narratives found in the archives of the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.... Read more about Overlay: Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons

    2016 May 01

    Poise and Rationality: A Wedding Farce

    2:30pm

    Location: 

    Agassiz Theatre

    Presented by: Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club
    Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Entrance first come first served, on a space available basis.
    Runs: 4/22-24 & 4/29-5/1
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    Poise and Rationality is a farce comedy surrounding the wedding of August and Nancy, which neither sides of the wedding party are particularly supportive of. As preparations commence,...

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    2016 Apr 30

    Film: The Virgin Queen

    2:00pm

    Location: 

    Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

    Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
    Free and open to the public
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    Elizabeth I is in love with Sir Walter Raleigh, but she loses him to Beth Throgmorton and the New World in Henry Koster’s The Virgin Queen (1955). Bette Davis gives her best performance of the 1950s (following All About Eve) as the aging Elizabeth; but a young, ravishing Joan Collins as Throgmorton steals scene after scene. Inspired by monumental history paintings and group portraits, Koster animates the CinemaScope screen with brilliant colors registered through richly ornamented costumes and contrapposto figures arranged in lavish tableaus.... Read more about Film: The Virgin Queen

    2016 Apr 30

    Film: Désirée

    11:00am

    Location: 

    Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St

    Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
    Free and open to the public
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    In this film from 1954, the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon (Marlon Brando) are seen through the eyes of the leader’s first love, Désirée Clary (Jean Simmons). After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, Désirée holds Europe’s fate in her hands, as queen of Sweden. The epic story provides a sweeping historical backdrop, but director Henry Koster uses the widescreen CinemaScope format to offer a philosophical mediation on love and politics amid war and revolution.... Read more about Film: Désirée

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