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A portrait of Benjamin Franklin painted by Robert Feke

Robert Feke’s rendering of Benjamin Franklin

Courtesy of the Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Dr. John Collins Warren, 1856


Two hundred and seventy years ago, Benjamin Franklin did something highly unusual. He retired.


Before writing anything down, Robert Kyr composes his works—music and text—“internally,” he says, from start to finish.

Photograph by Kelly James Photography

Composer Robert Kyr embraces love, peace, and nature.

March-April 2017

In this scene from the end of the opera, The Count (James Lesu'i, a graduate student at The Boston Conservatory) begs the forgiveness of his Countess (Christina Bianco ’17).

Photograph courtesy of Jordan Hayashi Photography

With swankier digs and a new name, the undergraduate company continues an operatic tradition.


<p class="credit">Photograph by Stu Rosner</p>

Night Song soothes the soul at First Church in Cambridge.

January-February 2017

Production photo from Madame White Snake

<p class="caption">The title character of <i>Madame White Snake</i> and her companion, in the opera's prologue</p>
<p class="credit">Photograph by James Daniel/Courtesy of Beth Morrison Projects</p>

In the “final phase” of her life, Cerise Lim Jacobs builds herself an oeuvre.

January-February 2017

Turntables, headphones, a mixer, and his eclectic music collection prevail in Jace Clayton’s home “office.”

Photograph by Robert Adam Mayer; styling by Prellezo

In Uproot, Jace Clayton ’97 explores technological trends in music around the globe.

November-December 2016

The National Book Foundation rolled out its list of 40 nominees (including 8 Harvard affiliates) from September 12 to 15. Last week, the National Humanities Medal also announced the honorands for its 2015 award year.

Last week, three Harvard affiliates were awarded the National Humanities Medal and eight were long-listed for the National Book Awards.


Composer Nicholas Britell has written scores for films including MoonlightA Tale of Love and Darkness, and The Seventh Fire. He is also a pianist and producer (most recently of Whiplash, by Damien Chazelle ’07).

Courtesy of Nicholas Britell

A film composer's career, from annotating Sneakers to doing “archaeology” for 12 Years a Slave

September-October 2016

From left: Norman Horowitz, Aristo Sham '19, and Melvin Stecher

Photograph courtesy of Hemsing Associates

Aristo Sham ’19 takes first place at the New York International Piano Competition.