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“Villanelle” Choral Arrangement Debuts

5.24.12



To celebrate Harvard's 375th anniversary during Commencement Morning Exercises, the University invited former faculty member Seamus Heaney, a 1995 Nobel laureate, to return to Cambridge and to read his "Villanelle for an Anniversary," written and first read for the 350th anniversary exercises in 1986. (Heaney is no stranger to the Commencement stage; he spoke at the Afternoon Exercises in 2000.) After the poet finished his reading, the Commencement Choir came to the front of Tercentenary Theatre, arranged themselves on the Memorial Church steps to face the audience, and sang the premiere of a musical setting of the work, composed for the occasion by Richard Beaudoin, preceptor of music. Read Harvard Magazine's account of the composition, and see the composer's original score.

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The proposed 14-acre parcel, in purple stripes, sits south of Harvard Business School and east of the new science and engineering complex. The larger purple space represents the full 36-acre parcel eventually planned for commercial development. 

Courtesy of the Harvard Planning Office

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