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Laurie Anderson

Harvard New Music Ensemble Final Concert


Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

The Harvard Music Department presents the Harvard New Music Ensemble in the final performance of its inaugural year, featuring a live composition by Tyshawn Sorey and world premieres of works by Mari Kimura and Tariq Al-Sabir (commissioned for the ensemble by Professor Claire Chase). Mari Kimura’s Dinner is Ready features Kimura’s innovative MUGIC® motion sensors, which use the gestures of performers to control the production and live manipulation of electronic sounds. Tariq Al-Sabir’s Parting/yeah features the composer on vocals and combines notated and orally guided music to explore the space between disappointments and opportunities. Student guest performers from around the Boston area will join HNME for a rendition of Tyshawn Sorey’s Autoschediasms, a live composition created using Prof. Sorey’s original conducted improvisation method. Tariq Al-Sabir’s commission is supported by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts.

Admission is free and open to the public with Harvard ID or proof of Covid vaccination.

Harvard Glee Club

Holiday Concert:
Christmas in Sanders


Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre

Featuring performances by the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society.

Laurie Anderson

Charles Eliot Norton Lecture


Laurie Anderson
Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds

Lecture 6: “The Birds”
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

HYDRA in Paine Hall

HYDRA CONCERT


Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Sanders Theatre

Performance by the HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

HYDRA CONCERT


Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm
Sanders Theatre

Performance by the HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra.

HYDRA in Paine Hall

HYDRA CONCERT


Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Sanders Theatre

Performance by the HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

Andrea Moore

Barwick Colloquium


Andrea Moore, Smith College
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Davison Room, Music Building

Andrea Moore is a musicologist specializing in new classical music and concert culture since 1989. She earned her doctorate in musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 and was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Riverside in 2016–17. She is at work on two projects. The first examines the politics of identity and representation in new classical music of the post-Cold War period, and argues that musical multiculturalism was crucial to the concept of musical progress in the 1990s. Her second project, Musical Capital in the Twenty-First Century, examines the structures of musical life under late capitalism and focuses on musical entrepreneurship, multicultural neoliberalism and the rise of the discourse and labor of “curation.”

Megan Lavengood

Barwick Colloquium


Megan Lavengood, George Mason University
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Davison Room, Music Building

Megan Lavengood is a music theorist specializing in popular music, timbre, the 1980s, synthesizers, and Schenkerian analysis. Her dissertation establishes a new approach to the analysis of timbre. She has presented her research nationally and abroad, at meetings for the Society of Music Theory, Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, Music Theory Southeast, and others. She has recently taught music theory at Brooklyn College, CUNY and writing skills at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

Eileen Southern

Webinar: Black Music and the American University:
Eileen Southern’s Story


Eileen Southern Initiative
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of former Harvard professor Eileen Southern’s landmark work, The Music of Black Americans. There will be a number of events celebrating her life and career organized by Harvard/Radcliffe’s Eileen Southern Initiative, which is led by Katie Callam, Andrew Clark, Christina Linklater, Carol J. Oja, and Braxton D. Shelley.

The Eileen Southern Initiative’s website

Dylan Robinson

Barwick Colloquium


Dylan Robinson, Queen’s University
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Davison Room, Music Building

Dylan Robinson is a Stó:lō scholar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University, located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. His research has been supported by national and international fellowships at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in the Canadian Studies Program at the University of California Berkeley, the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World project at Royal Holloway University of London, and a Banting Postdoctoral fellowship in the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

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2021 Fall Season

DUE TO HARVARD'S EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID19, many of this fall's events may be virtual. Please call 617-495-2791 or write musicdpt@fas.harvard.edu with questions or for more information


Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 pm
HUMANITIES CENTER MUSICS ABROAD SEMINAR: Melvin L. Butler, University of Miami
Melvin L. Butler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the Frost School of Music. He specializes in music and religion in Haitian, Jamaican, and African American communities. Dr. Butler’s research explores the cultural politics of musical performance, national identity, and extraordinary experience. He also examines the discourses of cultural authenticity and spiritual power that inflect congregational practice. At the heart of his scholarly work lies a critical reconsideration of how spiritually charged music-making is embedded in processes of boundary crossing, identity formation, and social positioning throughout the African diaspora.
The Musics Abroad Seminar will take place online. For more information, see the Musics Abroad Seminar website.

Thursday, September 30 at 8:00 pm
FACULTY RECITAL: Claire Chase
Professor of the Practice Claire Chase will perform a recital featuring works by Olivier Messiaen, Anthony Cheung, Susie Ibarra, Liza Lim, and Tariq Al-Sabir and performances by the Parker Quartet, Lucas Amory, piano; Tariq Al-Sabir, guest artist; and the Harvard New Music Ensemble.

Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 pm
BLODGETT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: The Parker Quartet
Blodgett Artists-in-Residence the Parker Quartet present a concert from Paine Hall.
Adolphus Hailstork, Adagio for Strings (2002)
Anthony Cheung, The Real Book of Fake Tunes (2015) (with Claire Chase)
Bedřich Smetana, String Quartet no. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”) (1876)

This concert is free and open to the public. Harvard ID or proof of covid vaccination required for entry.

Wednesday, October 6 at 5:00 pm
CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURE
Laurie Anderson
Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds
Lecture 4: “The Road”
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

Thursday, October 14 at 5:00 pm
LOUIS C. ELSON LECTURE
Wadada Leo Smith
A Dialogue: Creativity and Mercy with a Reflection on the Role of the Artist in Today’s World
Wadada Leo Smith has been a major force in music for over 40 years, known largely in the fields of avant-garde jazz and free jazz. Transcending the bounds of genre or idiom, he distinctly defines his music, tirelessly inventive in both sound and approach, as “Creative Music.” An early member of Chicago’s legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Music, joining in 1967, Smith co-founded the Creative Construction Company, a trio with Leroy Jenkins and Anthony Braxton in the late 60s. In 1971 he formed his own label, Kabell, for whom he recorded a number of albums considered classics of their kind. Smith topped three categories in DownBeat Magazine’s 65th Annual Critics Poll: Jazz Artist, Trumpet and Jazz Album for his 2016 CD America’s National Parks (on Cuneiform). His 2012 Ten Freedom Summers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Price. Most recently, Smith received the UCLA Medal, joining the ranks of music luminaries Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert and Quincy Jones.

This event will be a webinar including a performance, a virtual conversation with Wadada Leo Smith and Professor Vijay Iyer (Music, AAAS), and a Q&A session. Register for the event on Zoom at this link.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 8:00 pm (preconcert talk at 7:30 pm
PORTRAIT CONCERT: George Lewis
George Lewis, Claire Chase, Seth Parker Woods, Dana Jessen, and the Harvard New Music Ensemble
The Harvard Music Department presents a portrait concert of George Lewis, the celebrated composer, electronic music pioneer, author and 2018 recipient of an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. Featured is the Boston premiere of Lewis’ Recombinant Trilogy, a series of virtuoso solo and live electronics works written for cellist Seth Parker Woods, bassoonist Dana Jessen and flutist Claire Chase. For this special performance at Harvard, Woods and Jessen join Prof. Chase and the Harvard New Music Ensemble for a rendition of Lewis’ 2007 Artificial Life for improvising orchestra.

This performance is free and open to the public with Harvard ID or proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

Tuesday, October 19 at 3:15 pm
BARWICK COLLOQUIUM: Denise Gill, Stanford University
Denise Gill is an ethnomusicologist and sound studies scholar whose work focuses on sonic, musical, and listening practices in Turkey and former Ottoman territories. Her work is based on archival and oral history methodologies as well as nearly six years of ethnographic fieldwork in Turkish urban centers. In her research, Dr. Gill is primarily concerned with developing new theories and methodologies for critical listening.

Tuesday, October 26 at 3:15 pm
BARWICK COLLOQUIUM: Okkyung Lee
Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between artistic disciples and contingencies. Since 2000 she has worked in disparate contexts as a solo artist and collaborator with creators in a wide range of disciplines. A native of South Korea, Lee has taken a broad array of inspirations—including noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and the traditional and popular music of her homeland—and used them to forge a highly distinctive approach. Her curiosity and a determined sense of exploration guide the work she has made in disparate contexts.

Friday, October 29 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
HARVARD-YALE-PRINCETON FOOTBALL CONCERT
Featuring performances by the Harvard Glee Club, the Princeton Glee Club, and the Yale Glee Club.

Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm
HUMANITIES CENTER MUSICS ABROAD SEMINAR: Aleysia K. Whitmore, University of Denver
Aleysia K. Whitmore is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and the Faculty Affiliate for The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Her research focuses on the world music industry, globalization, and cultural policy. Her book, World Music and the Black Atlantic (Oxford University Press 2020), analyzes how musicians, industry actors, and audiences create, promote, and consume West African and Cuban musics in the world music industry. Her current book project, Sounds of a Porte Ouverte, examines how cultural policies engage with cultural diversity in southeastern France. She is also conducting research on The Spirituals Project, community music making, and social justice in Denver. She has taught popular music, world music, and classical music courses at Brown University, Boston College, the University of Miami, and the University of Colorado Denver. She holds a BMus from the University of Toronto and AM and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Brown University.
The Musics Abroad Seminar will take place online. For more information, see the Musics Abroad Seminar website.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
FALL HARVARD CHORUSES CONCERT
Featuring performances by the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and Radcliffe Choral Society

Wednesday, November 10 at 5:00 pm
CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURE
Laurie Anderson
Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds
Lecture 5: “The City”
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

Monday, November 15 at 4:00 pm
Virtual event
WEBINAR: Black Women and the American University: Eileen Southern’s Story
Eileen Southern Initiative
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of former Harvard professor Eileen Southern’s landmark work, The Music of Black Americans. There will be a number of events celebrating her life and career organized by Harvard/Radcliffe’s Eileen Southern Initiative, which is led by Katie Callam, Andrew Clark, Christina Linklater, Carol J. Oja, and Braxton D. Shelley.
Moderated by Oja and Shelley, speakers for this webinar include Naomi André, Professor of Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan; Betty Hillmon, Founder/Director of the Boston City-Wide String Orchestra; and Tammy Kernodle, Professor of Musicology at Miami University of Ohio. The event will also feature the premiere of Light the Way Home: Eileen Southern’s Story, a documentary by Harvard College students Daniel Huang (’22) and Uzo Ngwu (’23) with music by Devon Gates (’23). Registration for the event will open in September.
The Eileen Southern Initiative’s website

Tuesday, November 16 at 3:30 pm
BARWICK COLLOQUIUM: Hannes Seidl
Musical Form as a Communicative Tool
Davison Room, Music Building
Clearly there isn’t anything in a musical performance that does not communicate. From sounding material to the appearance of the performers on stage - everything has an impact on the experience. It is in the form of a piece, though, that the changes in time can turn listening into a communicative process and help the piece to come to a more specific assertion. Formal and structural decisions can change the listening perspective. If combined with social or critical questions as in our music theatre piece “Recht. Ökonomien des Handelns 2” (Law/Right (Economies of Action 2), as well as in other pieces I will highlight, that musical form can become a signifying force of its own.
Composer Hannes Seidl has worked with ensembes such as Ensemble Modern, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Mosaik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Oriol, Thürmchen Ensemble, ensemble courage, ensemble Intégrales or the Neuen Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. His compositions have been performed internationally at the ultraschall festival Berlin, Märzmusik Berlin, ultima Oslo, steirischer herbst Graz, ECLAT, warshaw autumn and others. His electronic music has been developed in electronic music studios including the IRCAM (Paris), ZKM (Karlsruhe), C.S.C (Padova), Akademie der Künste (Berlin) and IEM (Graz). His works include sound installations (“Zwischen den Ohren” 2010,“Leftovers” 2013, “Make Ur Own” 2014 and others), music theatre, short Films and concert music.

Friday, November 19 at 8:00 pm
BLODGETT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: The Parker Quartet
Blodgett Artists-in-Residence the Parker Quartet present a concert from Paine Hall, program TBA.

Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
HOLIDAY CONCERT: Christmas in Sanders
Featuring performances by the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society.

Wednesday, December 8 at 5:00 pm
CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURE
Laurie Anderson
Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds
Lecture 6: “The Birds”
Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
HYDRA CONCERT
Performance by the HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra

Sunday, December 12 at 8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre
HYDRA CONCERT
Performance by the HYDRA loudspeaker orchestra