The Harvard Jazz Bands make and learn music, absorb culture on summer tour of Cuba.
Harvard jazz leader and instructor Yosvany Terry returns to his musical roots in Cuba, where his destiny was formed.
A diehard interpreter of the great American songbook and musical theater repertory, Barbara Cook surprised the audience at a recent Harvard master class by quoting a maverick music-maker.
The Harvard Summer Pops Band celebrated its 40th anniversary with a performance in Sanders Theatre on July 26. They will perform at 3 p.m. July 29 at Boston’s Hatch Shell.
Harvard’s newest assistant professor of music brings years of experience as a composer, pianist, choir director, and minister.
A profile of College student and pop-rocker Brynn Elliott, whose scholarship in philosophy informs her songwriting.
“The Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes” explores the interaction between jazz and the visual arts.
More than 100 people attended a free performance by 10 hip-hop and soul artists, featuring a full rendition of Warren Center Fellow Tef Poe’s latest album, “Black Julian.”
Paul Oliver, probably the world's foremost scholar of the blues, first heard African-American vernacular music during World War II when a friend brought him to listen to black servicemen stationed in England singing work songs they had brought with them from the fields and lumber camps of the Deep South. Oliver was enthralled by the rhythm and drive of the music and the spontaneous interweaving of harmonies, and wanted to hear more. His fascination led him on a 60-year quest that has included numerous field trips through the American South interviewing, recording, and photographing blues musicians.
Professor Alex Rehding talks about his research for a book on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
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Artist and composer Wynton Marsalis returned to Sanders Theatre for his fourth lecture-performance at Harvard, an exploration of the strange alchemy of instinct, expertise, and empathy that jazz musicians need to “play and stay together.”
A two-day conference explores the global reach of hip-hop and examines how teachers can use it in the classroom to convey important lessons about art, culture, language, and society.
Growing up, Ana Tijoux didn’t know where to call home. As the France-born-and-bred daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile, she felt ...
In Carpenter Center discussion, musicians Amanda Palmer and Damon Krukowski talk about what's been lost in the transition from analog to digital recording.
The musician Prince’s painful past as a child of divorce is the key to understanding what makes him tick — and what makes him an icon to Generation X, according to Touré, the cultural critic and author. Touré is presenting the Alain LeRoy Locke Lecture Series.
Some inroads finally may be happening for women in jazz, which traditionally has been a man’s musical world.
Backed by an all-star band, Wynton Marsalis explored the “mulatto identity of our national music” with a rollicking performance and a thoughtful lecture on America’s porous tuneful genres at Sanders Theatre Feb. 6.
Physicians share how music shapes their lives and impacts their practice when working with patients and even in the operating room.
Harry Yeff, better known as beatboxer Reeps One, speaks to the Gazette about finding his voice, bringing it to the classroom, and leaving it on the stage.
As a young boy, Richard Wolf, professor of music, liked to sit at the piano in his grandparents’ home and invent short musical ditties. “My grandfather would listen and shout, ‘Oh! It’s Bach! Oh, just like Mozart!’” Wolf recalled recently, with a laugh. “He was wonderfully encouraging.”
Harvard musicologist Carol Oja, currently a Radcliffe fellow, talks about her book in progress examining the desegregation of classical music.
The Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society premiered Paul Moravec’s composition at a holiday concert.
Author and Radcliffe Fellow Daphne Brooks discussed Aretha Franklin’s role as a feminist icon in a lecture at the Radcliffe Gymnasium.
A new book, “The Anthology of Rap,” celebrates the lyricism of rap and has earned its place in the Hiphop Archive at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
As a liberal arts college, Harvard trains its students broadly so they can adapt nimbly to a rapidly changing world. Increasingly, appreciating and participating in music are integral parts of student life.
Three local jazz figures came to Harvard to explore their passion for the music and its future as a singular American art form.
For the first time, students at Harvard Medical School in the Longwood area are participating in the annual Arts First festival, the University’s four-day celebration of the visual, literary, and performing arts.
Harvard had a role in the creation of a few of the holiday season’s most durable carols and light tunes, including the haunting English words to “O Holy Night.”
Since August, Deborah Borda has been a Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School, where she has been sharing her passion for the arts and imparting life lessons to leaders-in-training.
A dedicated group of students work hard to make WHRB, Harvard’s 24-hour radio station, run 365 days a year.
Pianist and composer Randy Weston visits campus on the eve of Harvard acquiring his personal archive.
Acclaimed jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson is at Harvard this week to work with students and share her insights and experiences in music.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences May 1, 2007, the following Minute was placed upon the records.
It’s not easy to be a musician in most of the Third World, said legendary Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke, who is a 2007-08 Radcliffe Fellow. Music is not typically taught in elementary schools, and in later life, opportunities for musicians are limited by poverty. In Ethiopia “we have beautiful music, beautiful dance, and in general we have a beautiful culture — but little chance to develop,” said Mulatu (Ethiopians are generally referred to by their first names) in a Feb. 27 presentation.
The saga of the Lowell House bells, scheduled to return to Russia this summer after 78 years at Harvard, was the subject of a festival and symposium Sunday and Monday (June 1-2) at Lowell House and the Barker Center.
Independent composer Erin Gee replaces recognizable text in her vocal works with sounds based on the International Phonetic Alphabet.
In four days of festivities, Harvard celebrates four decades of dedication to a great American musical form.
Harvard’s Audio Preservation Studio, tucked away in a few rooms on Story Street, does the heavy lifting (and listening) required to make “loss-less” digital copies of archived sound artifacts in collections University-wide.
American audiences quickly embraced the Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler when he moved to the United States, and to a surprising degree, lecturer Federico Cortese told an Ed Portal audience.
Legendary tenor and opera director Plácido Domingo will be celebrated in a conversation called “Giving Voice” on April 14 at Sanders Theatre.
Legendary tenor and opera director Plácido Domingo was masterful in a charming conversation called “Giving Voice” at Sanders Theatre.
Harvard Choruses will join a performance of Grammy-winning composer Craig Hella Johnson’s “Considering Matthew Shepard” Feb. 5 at Symphony Hall.
Radcliffe Fellow and Boston Globe critic Jeremy Eichler is working on two books examining music and memory against the backdrop of World War II.
Radcliffe Fellow Godfried Toussaint taps computer science in a search for the evolutionary development of world music’s basic rhythms.
The singer Psy spoke at Memorial Church about his life, his time in the United States, and the runaway success of “Gangnam Style.”
Wynton Marsalis will continue his lecture series this month, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Sanders Theatre on Sept. 26.
Wynton Marsalis will conclude his six-lecture series at Sanders Theatre on Jan. 30. Tickets, which are free, will be available for the Harvard community on Jan. 28 and the public on Jan. 29.
When Bong-Ihn Koh's mother brought home a cello piece by mistake, the young Koh got his hands on it and was hooked.
Over the next few years two new organs will take the place of the iconic C.B. Fisk organ in Appleton Chapel. The solution will help the church solve a long-standing musical dilemma.
Renowned Colombian singer, songwriter, and philanthropist Shakira has been named the 2011 Artist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation of Harvard University.