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    Harvard University’s 15th Annual ARTS FIRST Festival Takes the Stage in Cambridge

    ARTS FIRST, Harvard’s annual celebration of student and faculty creativity, welcomes the community to events around the campus on Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, May 6, 2007. Whether you fancy gospel or bhangra, photography or film, ballet or bellydance, classical drama or comedy, ARTS FIRST will delight you with over 225 music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts events (most free of charge and open to the public). The festival is sponsored by Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and produced with guidance by the Office for the Arts at Harvard.

    Festival highlights include:
    · A conversation, moderated by actor John Lithgow ’67, with 2007 Harvard Arts Medal recipient John Adams ’69 MA ‘72, Pulitzer Prize winning composer
    · Performance Fair/Dance Festival with over 100 free music, dance, and film events in four hours at 12 sites
    · Barbeque picnic with music by the Harvard Sunday Jazz Ensemble
    · Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) performed by the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and Holden Choirs
    · First Annual Crimson Film Festival presenting films made by Harvard students
    · Productions indoors and out including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks, and Hansel and Gretel
    · The Harvard University Powwow, a celebration of Native American song and dance
    · Children’s art-making
    · Outdoor art installations
    · Outdoor Stage and Bandfest at Holyoke Center in the heart of Harvard Square
    · The ARTS FIRST Art Walk, highlighting exhibitions in Harvard’s residential houses
    · Sunken Garden Children’s Theater, (Photo 1)presenting A Tale of Two Cities; Actors (from left) are Harvard students Mike Hoagland '07 and Mary Birnbaum '07
    ·Peter Shields ‘09, a solo artist known as “Petros”, (Photo 2) will be performing his techno-inspired pop songs.

    For more information on ARTS FIRST 2007, please contact the Office for the Arts at Harvard at 617.495.8676, or visit www.harvard.edu/arts