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2020 Fall Season



DUE TO HARVARD'S EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID19, this fall's events will be virtual.


We wish we could be together but look forward to seeing you again as soon as we can.
Information and links will be updated frequently.


Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm
Humanities Center Seminar: Musics Abroad
Richard K. Wolf
(Harvard University)
Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm Free
Richard K. Wolf (Harvard University)
VIRTUAL: Register to join the event here
Film discussion: "Two Poets and a River"
On opposite sides of the Oxus River border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan live two poet-singers who share a common language, faith, and family network, and yet remain separated by vicissitudes of the Great Game, the 19th-century conflict between the British Empire and Czarist Russia. Ethnomusicologist Richard Wolf has been contemplating the rupture that exists across this divide in “Two Poets and a River,” a film in progress about poet-singers Qurbonsho in Tajikistan and Daulatsho in Afghanistan. Read more here.

Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 948399)

Tuesday September 22, 2020 at 3:15pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Nick Seaver (Tufts University): Overwhelmed, Alone, Uncool: Visions of the Listener in Algorithmic Recommendation
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 408845)
Free and open to all.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Barwick Colloquium
Ashon Crawley (UVA)
Notes for a Cassette: The Hammond Organ and Blackqueer Gathering
“It occurs in the music. From attempting to figure out which R&B singer is gay to which rapper has queer relations, music is the place of unsettled sexualities. To ask why are the choir directors, and maybe musicians too, all gay is to ask what occurred such that music has become the place in black sociality in which blackqueerness is a question, is a problem, worth thinking about. In this lecture I present some of my ongoing research about the Hammond organ, black spiritual sociality and blackqueer possibility. I will discuss the recording technology of the cassette tape and two church boys in love named Brian and William.”
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password: 934032)
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm
Humanities Center Seminar: Musics Abroad
Katherine Lee
(UCLA)
Zoom link and details to come.
Free and open to all.

Friday, October 16 at 8:15pm ET
STREAMING on Harvard Music Department YOUTUBE channel [link will become active at 8:00pm]
The Parker Quartet from Paine Hall, LIVE
Bartok String Quartet No. 3
Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Event will be available through Sunday, October 18th at midnight.
Free and open to all.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 3:15pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Naomi Andre (University of Michigan)
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 893967)
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, October 21 at 9:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Watch on YOUTUBE

Tuesday, November 17 at 3:15 pm
Barwick Colloquium Series
Thomas Ankersmit, musician and sound artist: "Experimenting and Composing with the Serge Modular Synthesizer."
JOIN THE EVENT HERE (password 754321)
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm
Humanities Center Seminar: Musics Abroad
Ulrike Präger
(Paris Lodron University of Salzburg): "(Co-) Performing Post-Migration in Germany"
VIRTUAL: Link to more information and registration: https://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/event/co-performing-post-migration-germany
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, November 18 at 9pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
Watch on YOUTUBE

Friday, December 4 at 8:15pm
STREAMING on  YOUTUBE
The Parker Quartet from Paine Hall, LIVE
Hans Abrahamsen, String Quartet no. 4
Schumann, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, no. 2

Free and open to all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Barwick Colloquium
Alicia Lola Jones (Indiana University): "God Don't Need No Matches, He's Fire All By Himself: Musical Masculinities and The Art of Enflaming Worship"
Jones is Assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the author of Flaming? The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance
JOIN HERE [password 397227]
Free and open to all.

Wednesday, December 2 at 8:00 pm
Prof. Claire Chase hosts
a VIRTUAL Throwdown
Free and open to all.
STREAMING on  YOUTUBE

Friday, December 4 at 8:15pm
Parker Quartet LIVE STREAMED on Harvard Music Department YOUTUBE channel
Hans Abrahamsen, String Quartet no. 4
Schumann, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, no. 2

This event is free and open to anyone.
Event will be available through Sunday, December 6 at midnight. Free and open to all.

Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 at 8pm
HYDRA Concerts
New Works from HUSEAC
Free and open to all.
Check back for link to the event. HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra is a sound projection system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music with or without the participation of instrumentalists. A loudspeaker orchestra consists of loudspeakers distributed throughout a performance space used for the spatial diffusion of an electroacoustic work.