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Harvard Department of Music

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Fall 2018

Monday, September 10 at 5:00 pm
Barker Center 110
Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar: Thomas F. Kelly (Harvard University): The Role of the Scroll in the Middle Ages. Free and open to the public.

Monday, September 17 at 5:15 pm
Davison Room, Loeb Music Library
Barwick Colloquium Series: Nina Eidsheim, UCLA, Timbral Scare Quotes: Jimmy Scott and the Question of Black Vocal Masculinity.
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 25 5-6:30 pm
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA No tickets required. Doors open at 4:15
Gotta Get Down to It: Conversations with musician David Crosby
In this two-part event — all on one evening! — the legendary David Crosby will be in a discussion forum with a group of Harvard student musicians and poets curated by host Kate van Orden, Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music at Harvard, followed by a conversation between Crosby and Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music at Harvard. Presented by Learning from Performers and Harvard University Department of Music, this special event is free and open to the public. More info.

Thursday, September 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Teresita Hernandez installation, "Nothing Personal" in Harvard Yard
Professor Chase's MUS 185R Ensembles Class responds to Teresita Fernandez's Autumn (...Nothing Personal) public art project with performances inside the installation: George Lewis' "Artificial Life 2007" for improvising ensembles, Pauline Oliveros' "Environmental Dialogue" for performers in dialogue with their surroundings, and the world premiere of a brand new work, "aleatoreality," written by Ganavya Doriswamy in response to the installation.
Free and open to the public. Family friendly.

Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 pm
Barker Center 114
Humanities Center Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar: Emily I. Dolan (Harvard University): Impossible Gluck. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 pm
Barker Center 133
Humanities Center Renaissance Studies Seminar: Evan MacCarthy (West Virginia University): The Voyage Through Montaigne's Ears. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 pm
Barker Center 133
Humanities Center Musics Abroad seminar: Mark Lomanno: An Apprenticeship in Listening: Comping, Critical Practice, and Translating in the Break. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Harvard Group for New Music present DAD, a performance ensemble from UCSD.
Free and open to the public.

Monday, October 1 at 5:15 pm
Davison Room, Music Library
Digital Humanities Workshop: The Musical Geography Project: A Workshop and Invitation to Collaborate
Louis Epstein (St. Olaf College) presents The Musical Geography Project and invites participants to explore digital mapping as applied to musicological content and methods. Participants will make and analyze maps using their own data or data he will provide (bring a laptop if you have one); brainstorm mapping projects related to their research or teaching; and critique existing projects in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, and sound studies.

Wednesday, October 3 at 12:15pm
Faculty Room, University Hall
Bennett Parsons, saxophone
Aristo Sham, piano

Brahms, Tower
Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 5 at 8pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Blodgett Chamber Music Series: the Parker Quartet
Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hameo, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello
Janáček String Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Kurtág Six moments musicaux, Op.44
Kurtág Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op.28
Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10
Free and open to the public, but tickets required. Free tickets at Harvard Box Office, available September 21, 2018.
Free parking in the Broadway Garage, corner of Broadway and Felton Streets.

Friday, October 12 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Bach Society Orchestra Concert
Mozart Serenade No. 9 in D major "Posthorn"; Price Symphony No. 1 in E minor. Conducted by Reuben Stern '20
Free. Tickets may be reserved on bachsoc.org

Monday, October 15 at 5:15 pm
Holden Chapel
Barwick Colloquium Series: Jen Shyu, composer/performer
Nine Doors: Life Has No Boundaries --Projecting Tradition into the Future & the Creative Voice Within (title inspired by Val Jeanty). Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
Barker Center 133
Humanities Center Musics Abroad Seminar: Eric J. Schmidt (Boston University):
"The Cultural Production of Displacement: Tuareg Nomads Rocking the Saharan City,"
Free and open to all.

Monday, October 22 at 5:15 pm
Davison Room, Loeb Music Library
Barwick Colloquium Series: Naomi Waltham-Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Sound Activism from Sharon Hayes to Ultra-red. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 24 at 5:00 pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center
Sounds of Protest: Peter Coyote, Stephen A Green, Andrea Bohlman
The sounds of speech, preaching, marches, confrontation, music, and song reverberated through the iconic year of 1968. On its 50th anniversary, we bring together three powerful voices for a discussion of acting, speaking, and singing out: film star PETER COYOTE, founding member of the Diggers and director of the guerrilla theater San Francisco Mime Troupe; REV. STEPHEN A. GREEN, one of the nation’s youngest leading human and civil rights activists, and ANDREA BOHLMAN, a musicologist whose research centers on the political stakes of music making in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Limited seating. RSVP required: musicdpt@fas.harvard.edu

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30*
Holden Chapel
Felipe Lara: Parabolas na caverna for solo amplified flute (2014)
George Lewis: Emergent for flute and electronics (2014)
Du Yun: An Empty Garlic for bass flute and electronics (2014)
Phyllis Chen: Mobius for music-boxes (2012)
Tyshawn Sorey: Bertha's Lair for flutes and drum set (2016, rev. 2018)
Claire Chase, flutes
Levy Lorenzo and George Lewis, electronics
Tyshawn Sorey and Phyllis Chen, guest performers

*6:30pm pre-concert chat with Prof. Suzannah Clark, George Lewis, Phyllis Chen Tyshawn Sorey and Prof. Chase

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 pm
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, "Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective" exhibit (Level 3, 1, 0)
Musical responses to Tony Conrad, featuring students of Claire Chase's MUS 185R and special guests. Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, November 1 at 12:15pm
Faculty Room, University Hall
Dean's Noontime Concert: Parker Quartet
Free and open to all. The concert will conclude by 1:00 pm.

Thursday November 8 at 4:00 pm
B-04 Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St.
Screening of "Score" with Robert Kraft '76
Tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, Score: A Film Music Documentary illustrates how the first few notes on a piano keyboard end up in the most dramatic moments of a film’s emotional climax. Conversation with Kraft and Ingrid Monson following.
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Goldberg Concert
Harvard Group for New Music with No Hay Banda. New works by Harvard composers.
Free and open to the public.

Monday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
Sanders Theatre
Rev. Richard Smallwood: Music, Activism, and Well-being
One of the most popular inspirational artists in the music business, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and pianist will join Prof. Braxton Shelley for an evening of conversation and song with the Kuumba Singers, Inner Strength Gospel Choir, and Third Day Gospel Choir. The event is FREE and open to the public, and will culminate in a performance of Smallwood's Total Praise. No tickets required; first come, first seated. Free parking at Broadway garage. Doors open at 6:45. #totalpraiseatharvard. More info HERE.

Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm
Barker Center, Room 133
Musics Abroad Seminar: Stephan Pennington. (Tufts University)
Recapturing the Banjo: The Black Banjo Revival, Authenticities, and Nationalisms
Free and open to all.

Friday, November 30 at 8pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Blodgett Chamber Music Series: Parker Quartet
Shostakovich Two Pieces for String Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet in E Minor, Op.59 No.2
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op.57 (with Orion Weiss)


Free and open to the public, but tickets required. Free tickets at Harvard Box Office, available November 16, 2018.
Free parking in the Broadway Garage, corner of Broadway and Felton Streets.

Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 pm
Barker Center 133
Humanities Center Musics Abroad Seminar: Stephan Pennington (Tufts University)
Recapturing the Banjo: The Black Banjo Revival, Authenticities, and Nationalisms
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, December 5 at 12:15pm
Faculty Room, University Hall
Alex Koller, viola; Sophie Choate, viola; piano TBD: Brahms, Bartok.
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm
Holden Chapel
Music 172r: 21st Century Flute Class Concert
Students of Professor Claire Chase perform.
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 5 at 8:30 pm
Holden Chapel
Music 185r: 21st Century Ensemble
Class Concert. Students of Professor Claire Chase perform.
Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 7 at 2:00 pm
Room 4, Music Building
Music 160: Proseminar Composition Concert of Student Works
Free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 9 at 7:00pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Chamber Music Concerts by students of Music 189
Free and open to the public.

Monday, December 10 at 7:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Chamber Music Concerts by students of Music 189
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Chamber Music Concerts by students of Music 189
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00pm
Holden Chapel
Mesias Maiguashca: The Andean World in Contemporary Music, featuring TAK ensemble.
Sponsored by GLAM. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 15 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Electronic Music Concert with HYDRA Loudspeaker Orchestra
Program:
- Del Agua y Sus Espíritus
- Premieres by students of Music 167
Free and open to all.

Sunday, December 16 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Electronic Concert with HYDRA Loudspeaker Orchestra
Program:
- La Canción de la Cordillera
- Los Caballitos del Diablo (World Premiere, GLAM Commission).
- Premieres by students of Music 167 
Free and open to all.

Spring 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:00pm
Humanities Center
Room 133, Barker Center
Musics Abroad Humanities Center Seminar: Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): "Always Abroad: Music, Jews, and the Abode of Islam." . Free and open to all.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, 2019
Music Building, 3 Oxford Street, Harvard University
Harvard’s Graduate Music Forum annual conference with a keynote address by Dr. Brigid Cohen.
Friday, Feb. 8, 12-7pm, Room 6
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:30am-7:00 pm
Keynote Address by Brigid Cohen (NYU) at 5:00 pm on Saturday: "Fluxus and the Haunting of Empires: Maciunas is Sounds and Silence"
Free and open to all. DETAILS AT https://www.facebook.com/events/1149320938550575/?ti=icl

Battle of the Bands at Scullers Jazz Club

Saturday, Feburary 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sculler Jazz Club
Harvard Jazz Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble featuring Yosvany Terry and Wayne Escoffery
at Scullers, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Allson. Tix at scullersjazz.com and at the door.

Friday, February 15 at 8pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Blodgett Chamber Music Series: Parker Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op.18 No.6
Xenakis Tetras for String Quartet (1983)
Schubert Quartet No.13 “Rosamunde,” D.804


Free and open to the public, but tickets required. Free tickets at Harvard Box Office, available February 1, 2019.
Free parking in the Broadway Garage, corner of Broadway and Felton Streets.

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sanders Theatre
Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum presents How to Go On
Collegium presents a program of virtuosic works that reflect upon confrontations with the impermanence of life. The performance will mark the East Coast premiere of Dale Trumbore’s secular requiem: How to Go On. The concert also features two classic Italian choral works: Claudio Monteverdi’s Tears of the Lover at the Tomb of the Beloved, and selections from Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Requiem

Wednesday, February 20 and Friday, February 22 at 8pm
Loeb Experimental Theatre, 64 Brattle Street
Luke Martinez - Senior Thesis Performance: Saccharine. Free and open to all

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
HRO: Junior Family Weekend Concert. HAYDN: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major (“Drumroll”), Hob I:103; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52. Tix at Harvard Box Office.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8:00pm
Memorial Church
The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois
Glee Club w/Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, soloist, celebrating the legacies of W.E.B. DuBois and Walt Whitman. Free and open to all.

Monday, March 4 at 7:00pm in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Emily Brother – Senior Thesis Lecture Recital: Exploring Frederic Chopin's Preludes, Op. 28.
Free and open to all.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 5 pm
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
27 Kirkland Street
Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Lecture Series
Sherry Lee (University of Toronto)
Info: pgordon@fas.harvard.edu Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:00pm
Humanities Center
Room 133, Barker Center
Musics Abroad Humanities Center Seminar: Gregory Melchor-Barz (Vanderbilt University): Imagining Queer Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology. Free and open to all.

Monday March 25, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Davison Room, Loeb Music Library
Barwick Seminar: Ana Maria Ochoa (Columbia University): Sound Arts and Culinary Arts: Lévi Strauss and the Anthropology of Music. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 31
 at 3pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Blodgett Chamber Music Series: Parker Quartet
Mozart Quartet in E-flat Major, K.428
Zeynep Toraman things are made to fill voids (Blodgett composition winner)
Brahms String Sextet No.2 in G Major, Op.36 (with Parker Quartet Guest Artist Award winners)
Free and open to the public, but tickets required. Free tickets at Harvard Box Office, available March 17, 2019.
Free parking in the Broadway Garage, corner of Broadway and Felton Streets.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00pm
Humanities Center
Room 133, Barker Center
Musics Abroad Humanities Center Seminar: K. Goldschmitt (Wellesley College): talk title tbd. Free and open to all.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sanders Theatre
The Harvard Choruses New Music Initiative hosts a performance of new student works featuring Lorelei Ensemble and the Harvard Choruses.

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019
The Radcliffe Choral Society hosts the Rising Voice Collegiate Treble Choral Festival featuring the Lorelei Ensemble. This festival will bring together several collegiate soprano/alto choirs from the Northeastern U.S. to collaborate, inspire, and further push the boundaries of soprano/alto music. Collaboration between groups will be both musical and management-based, with the opportunity to perform and engage in a wide range of workshops. 
Performances at 8:00pm on Friday, April 5 in Paine Hall and Saturday, April 6 in Sanders Theatre.

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Holden Chapel
Senior Composition Thesis Showcase.
Featuring work by Dalen Ferreira, Mateo Lincoln, Austin Weber.
Free and open to all.

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
Puente Musical: Celebrating Chucho Valdés
Six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Latin Grammy Award Winner performs with the Harvard Jazz Bands. Tickets available March 14: $15, students and seniors $8 at Harvard Box Office at Smith Center, Harvard Square, online at boxoffice.harvard.edu and by calling 617.496.2222. (Phone and online orders subject to service fees.) Free parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton St. For more information, call 617.495.8676 or visit: https://bit.ly/2NVJsb8

Sunday, April 14 at 3:00pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Brattle Street Chamber Players
With Timothy Cobb, principal bass with the New York Philharmonic. Free and open to all.

Monday, April 15 at 5:15 pm
Davison Room, Loeb Music Library
Barwick Colloquium Series: Michelle Lou, American Academy in Rome
Composing for hardware electronics
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Holden Chapel
Recital: Jessica Shand, flute
Free and open to the public.

Dean's Noontime Concert

Thursday April 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm
Faculty Room, University Hall
Parker Quartet perform Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10; György Kurtág, Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet, Opus 44
Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Harvard Group for New Music with Elision Ensemble. New works by Harvard composers.
Free and open to the public.

Monday, April 22 at 5:15 pm
Davison Room, Loeb Music Library
Barwick Colloquium Series: Farzaneh Hemmasi, University of Toronto
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 25 at 1:15 pm
Fogg Museum atrium, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge
Students of Professor van Orden's Music 181 (Performance and Interpretation - Renaissance Music) will play the music of Renaissance England with a consort of viols joined by voice, lute, cittern, violin, and recorder.  Free and open to the public.

Saturday April 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
HRO: Visitas Concert. Ives Ragtime Dances; Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (plus a couple waltzes from the opera); STRAUSS: Dance of the Seven Veils (from Salome); RAVEL: La Valse. Tickets at Harvard Box Office.

Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 pm w/ 7:00pm pre-concert talk by Hewitt, Christoph Wolff, Suzannah Clark
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Christoph Wolff Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Angela Hewitt, piano
World reknowned Hewitt presents a program of her acclaimed Bach Odyssey.
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Toccata in G major, BWV 916
Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Free, but tickets required, available April 16 at Harvard Box Office. Tickets may be picked up in person or obtained by phone or online. 496-2222. There is a small charge for phone or online orders.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Holden Chapel
Concert of jazz masters by students of Yosvany Terry. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 pm
Motto Books at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street
Perle Noire: Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion w/curator Naomi Beckwith, vocalist Julia Bullock, director Peter Sellars, composer Tyshawn Sorey about Perle Noire its unique and poignant take on the iconic Josephine Baker and her brilliance, public courage, and private tragedies. Free and open to all.

Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall

From Behind Barbed Wire: A Hoocaust Remembrance Concert by Harvard College Opera Society. Curated by HCO’s Samuel Rosner, this performance will feature selections of vocal & instrumental works written by Jewish composers during the Holocaust. Accompanied by powerful footage from Terezín and beyond, From Behind Barbed Wire grapples with themes of alienation, horror, unity, love, and resistance in times of adversity. Please contact harvardcollegeopera@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Free. Tickets are required for entry and it is recommended, but not necessary, that they are reserved in advance. They will soon be available at the Harvard Box Office through the OFA. 

Friday May 3 at 10:00 pm

OBERON (2 Arrow Street)
Fromm Players at Harvard present: Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine
. A tour-de-force featuring soprano Julia Bullock, with original music by Tyshawn Sorey and texts by Claudia Rankine. With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Free but ticket reservations are required, online at http://www.cluboberon.com/, or from the Loeb Drama Center Box Office, Brattle Street, 617.547.8300. The Loeb Box Office is open 12-5, Tues-Sun. Limit 2 per person. All tickets are will-call, and will be valid until 9:45pm. If sold out, a waiting list will begin at the door.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sanders Theatre
The Harvard Choruses performs Ralph Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony featuring professional orchestra and soloists.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Holden Chapel
Students of Federico Cortese Music 175 perform Schubert.

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
New Works by Advanced Composition students of Chaya Czernowin's Music 161.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Students of Parker Quartet's Music 189 perform chamber music. Free and open to the public

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Students of Parker Quartet's Music 189 perform chamber music. Free and open to the public

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Students of Parker Quartet's Music 189 perform chamber music. Free and open to the public

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sanders Theatre
The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus performs Haydn’s The Seasons with professional orchestra and soloists

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Showcase by Students Music 167: Intro to Electroacoustic Music and Music 179: Improvisation with Live Electronics. Doors open @ 7:40 PM with concerts starting promptly at 8:00 PM. There is limited availability in the most desired listening positions. All seating is first come, first served. Free and open to all. INFO

Hydra

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Showcase by Students Music 167: Intro to Electroacoustic Music and Music 179: Improvisation with Live Electronics. W/work by Yvette Janine Jackson. Doors open @ 7:40 PM with concerts starting promptly at 8:00 PM. There is limited availability in the most desired listening positions. All seating is first come, first served. Free and open to all. INFO


Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
Harvard Group for New Music with WasteLAand. New works by Harvard composers.
Free and open to the public.