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Talent stages a coup on campus

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The arts take over for a glorious week

John Herndon and Kevin
In their feathery foppery, Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan players John Herndon ’04 (left) and Kevin Angle ’03 enjoy the weather, the food, and each other’s wit as they dig into the Arts First All-You-Can-Eat Picnic outside the Science Center.

Fair weather, fanfare, food, and a certain amount of foppery were just the trimmings in the feast of arts events and exhibitions that marked this year’s Arts First celebration. Starting off on a rather raw Thursday, the festival was, happily, greeted by warm and sunny weather for the following few days as talent staged a coup all across the University.

From the classy co-ed a cappella of the Callbacks to the inspired improvisational comedy of On Thin Ice to Scandinavian fiddle music, this year’s offerings held the Harvard Square area enthralled. While classical music reverberated in the Fogg Art Museum Courtyard, Loker Commons was wailing the blues, and the Holden Chapel was filled with the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan.

As much variety could be found in the dance recitals, plays, films, readings, and exhibits livening up every corner of the campus. Arts First 2003 will have a tough act to follow!

His feet marching to the beat, his hands holding his horn, his eyes on the score, Nathaniel Brooks ’04 looks totally occupied as he parades down Massachusetts Avenue.
Lawrence H.
With a springlike blossom in his buttonhole, President Summers stops to chat with a bunch of students during Arts First Festivities.
Janet Kim plays violin in Harvard Yard with the band Subject to Change.