Pause for Art: Creative Moments from Harvard

Vijay Iyer at pianoAs rapid change and uncertainty have become a part of our everyday lives, the Office for the Arts at Harvard is offering Pause for Art: Creative Moments from Harvard, a daily dose of artistic inspiration for anyone looking to find a moment of beauty, comfort and connection. We've asked alumni, faculty, staff and visiting artists to send short videos from their artistic practice and passion: music, poetry, dance and more.  Their generosity has been breathtaking, and we believe you'll find something magical and hopeful in taking a moment to step away from your work and worries to watch these rich performances. In a time when we're looking for ways to stay connected to a larger community beyond the necessary practices of social distancing and isolation, the arts keep us strong. May you find comfort and joy and a sense of belonging as you pause for art. 

Produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, Pause for Art videos will be shared each day at 1 p.m. via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our Thursday e-newsletter The Beat. You can find them on our YouTube channel and here, each day, on this page. 

Pause for Art participants include: 
Courtney B. Vance​​​​​​​ '82: Actor
Sumire Hirotsuru '16: Violinist
Madelyn Ho '08, HMS '18: Dancer
Natalie Hodges '19 and Eloise Hodges '21: Violinists and sisters
Arianna Paz '19: Soprano

Marin Orlosky Randow '07-'08: Aerial dancer
John Lithgow '67: Actor
Jorie Graham: Poet and professor of English at Harvard 
Jessica Bodner and Daniel Chong: Musicians with Parker Quartet
Ben Moss '13: Performer and singer-songwriter
Peter Sacks: Painter, poet, professor of English at Harvard

Max Phillips '15 and Stella Chen '15: Pianist and violinist
Forrest O'Connor '10: Musician 
Benjamin P. Wenzelberg '21: Composer, countertenor and pianist
Drew Gilpin Faust: Professor and 28th President of Harvard University
Charlie Albright '11: Pianist (Featuring Ten Thousand Men of Harvard)
Catherine Russell: Jazz, blues, gospel vocalist and OFA Guest Artist
Reylon Yount '16: Yangqin player
Matt Coogan '11 and Liz Walker '11: Cellist and dancer
Matt Aucoin '12: Pianist and composer
Madeline Smith '14: Broadway composer and music director
Don Braden '85: Saxophone player and Harvard Jazz Combo Initiative instructor
Morris Robinson: Operatic bass and OFA Guest Artist
Charlie Albright '11: Pianist
Angélique Kidjo: Vocalist and 2018 Harvard Jazz Master

Larry and Adele Bacow: Harvard President and His Wife
Devon Guinn '17: Beatboxer
Bria Skonberg: Trumpet player and OFA Guest Artist
Stephen Greenblatt: Shakespeare scholar at Harvard
Vijay Iyer: Pianist

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