ARTS FIRST

  • 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

  • 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 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 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 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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