Harvard Glee Club Foundation: Long may continue our unity and joy!
Feb. 2015 e-Bulletin
The Holden Choruses and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Present “A Night of Brahms”
The Harvard Glee Club—joined by the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra—will present “A Night of Brahms” on Saturday, February 28. The event will take place in Sanders Theatre as part of Junior Parents’ Weekend.The concert will feature three choral-orchestral selections by Johannes Brahms: Nänie, with text by Friedrich Schiller, Schicksalslied, with text by Friedrich Hölderin, and Alto Rhapsody, with text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The soloist in Alto Rhapsody will be Swiss contralto Yvonne Naef who will be performing with BSO the following week. In addition to the joint selections, HRO will also be performing two orchestral works: Franz Shubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Brahms’ Tragic Overture.
Spring Break Tour 2015 takes HGC to the American Southeast
In just about three weeks, HGC will be taking off on its Spring Break Tour. The men of the Harvard Glee Club will make concert stops in Savannah, Charleston, Orlando, Tampa, and Naples.
While in Savannah, HGC will participate in two memorial ceremonies to honor Harvard students who served in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars with a special visit to Fort Pulaski. In Charleston, they will pay homage at the gravesite of Samuel Gilman who penned the famous lyrics to “Fair Harvard.” Orlando will likely find HGC touring Universal Studios before heading to Tampa where they will collaborate with Dr. John Bass and the University of South Florida Chamber Singers. The tour will conclude with a performance at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL.
Harvard Civil War Project to Feature Joint HGC & RCS Concert
The greatest crisis in our nation’s history, the American Civil War still reverberates in our society today. This historical watershed, its aftermath, and its contemporary resonances are the focus of the Harvard Civil War Project (HCWP), inspired by the National Civil War Project and commemorating this year’s 150th anniversary of the war’s conclusion. “The Harvard Civil War Project draws on the remarkable academic and creative strengths that exist across the University to consider the significance, past and present, of a great milestone in American history,” said Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University and a historian of the Civil War and the American South. “It supports new insight into our nation’s experience of the war and advances the still-unfinished work of creating a more perfect union. We are eager to share discoveries and encourage exchange as we engage the public as part of this important initiative.”
As part of HCWP, Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society will present “A Measure of Devotion: Bearing Witness to the Civil War,” on Saturday, April 4 in Sanders Theatre. The choirs will be performing Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me, a song cycle for mixed chorus and guitar illuminating the poetry of Walt Whitman; How Soon, a setting of George Herbert’s Mortification by Nico Muhly; and the world premiere of an HGC-commissioned piece by John Muehleisen exploring the art and inscriptions of Memorial Hall. The performance will be augmented by visual projections and recitations of writings by Civil War-era Harvard students/alumni and archival documents identified by the “Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History” project.
Plans are also in the works for a Pre-concert Alumni Dinner featuring a special guest speaker who will provide additional context for the concert as part of the Harvard Civil War Project. More details soon…
HGC Alumni Chorus 2016!
The Harvard Glee Club Foundation is currently in discussions with the Kyoto University Men’s Glee Club “Old Boys” to consider planning another collaboration in 2016. Conversations have centered around a joint Harvard Glee Club Alumni Chorus/Kyoto University Old Boys joint concert onFriday, May 6, 2016 in San Francisco with pre- and post-concert excursion packages available for those who want to extend their visit in California.
Organizers on both sides of the Pacific are eager to begin planning in earnest and are looking forward to another great time of making music together. If you are interested in learning more about the HGC Alumni Chorus and opportunities to perform in San Francisco in May, 2016, please send an email to: AlumniChorus@hgcfoundation.org.