2020 Nov 14

Fabulous Fungus Fair

2:00pm to 3:30pm


FabulousFungusFairJoin Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, labs—even in your own refrigerators. Free and open to the public (registration required). To register and for additional information, click... Read more about Fabulous Fungus Fair
2020 Mar 05

ArtsBites: Bria Skonberg

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Office for the Arts, 74 Mt. Auburn Street


Bria Skonberg PHOTO: Dario Acosta

Time for food and conversation! ArtsBites is the OFA round-table discussion series with undergraduate students and visiting artists.  On March 5, we welcome jazz trumpet player and vocalist...

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2020 Apr 30

POSTPONED 2020 Harvard Arts Medal: Rubén Blades ’85 HLS



Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street

Harvard University to honor musician Rubén Blades LL.M. ’85 

Rubén Blades
Rubén Blades

Musician, actor and politician Rubén Blades LL.M. ‘85 is the recipient of the 2020 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Larry Bacow at a ceremony on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 5:30 pm at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge.... Read more about POSTPONED 2020 Harvard Arts Medal: Rubén Blades ’85 HLS

A family affair

YTHarvard Jazz Bands guest artist Yunior Terry talks about the history of music, his family and playing with the 2019 Jazz Master in Residence Chucho Valdés in concert on April 12.

By Samantha Neville '19

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Setting the tempo

xxConducting an orchestra or ensemble is demanding. It also offers students deep and detailed exposure and experience to leadership qualities in the world of music. A roundup of Harvard students and professionals discuss their roles and reasons for pursuing the baton. 

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Time for jazz!

hornLooking for jazz instrumentalists and vocalists to jam with? The OFA has you covered with an open Jazz Jam Session on Feb. 15. 

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2018 Oct 30

Saxophonist Bill Pierce: Harvard University Jazz Master in Residency



Leverett House Library Theater, 11 Mill St. (between Plympton & DeWolfe Streets)

Bill PierceA master of the saxophone and esteemed teacher of performance on woodwinds, Bill Pierce will offer an open workshop on Oct. 30 to a Harvard jazz ensemble of student musicians and then will be in conversation with Ingrid Monson of the Harvard Music...

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Jazz in Siena

ItalyA visit to the jazz scene in Siena, Italy offers a view of music (and life) that is both expansive and intimate. 

By Guest Blogger Evan Vietorisz ’20... Read more about Jazz in Siena

2018 Apr 21

Harvard Wind Ensemble and Sunday Jazz Band present "Weclome to Harvard"



Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street

The Harvard Sunday Jazz Band and Harvard Wind Ensemble will present a special Visitas concert to welcome the class of 2022.

The Sunday Jazz Band perform  Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue,” Mario Bauza's “Zambia” and Kenny Dorham’s “Una Ma.” The Harvard Wind Ensemble will perform Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento” and Guy Woolfenden’s “Illyrian Dances.” The Wind Ensemble will also include works by Leroy Anderson and David Maslanka.

Presented by: Harvard Wind Ensemble and Sunday Jazz Band
Tickets: Admission is free. No...

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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



Science Center Plaza Tent

Guitarist David Gilmore will join Harvard Jazz Bands, led by Yosvany Terry, for a magical evening concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 under the tent on the Science Center Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. All (and all ages) are welcome. Come early and enjoy the food trucks on the Plaza. Find out more about ARTS FIRST (April 26-29) -- Harvard's annual celebration of student and faculty creativity. 

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