“Tuned In.” Friday, Feb. 24. 8 p.m. Sanders Theatre. Tickets
available through the Harvard Box Office, (617) 496-2222. $12 general
admission, $8 students.
And now for something completely different: this Friday,
Harvard’s own Din & Tonics and Opportunes—two of the more popular a
cappella groups on campus—will fill Sanders Theatre with vocal
iterations of rock, jazz, and pop standards from the past century.
The Din and Tonics are an all-male group whose eccentric
stage attire, diverse musicality, and dynamic performances have won
them a reputation as one of the world’s premier college a capella
ensembles. The Opportunes, Harvard’s first fully co-ed singing group,
are similarly recognized for their multi-part harmonies and sense of
Though Sanders has been home to two outstanding a cappella
concerts of late—the Ladysmith Black Mombazo performance two weeks ago
and the Valentine’s Day Jam–it is more frequently the preferred venue
for orchestral performances and for exhibitions by visiting artists.
Indeed, Harvard students have been largely absent from
Sanders’ hallowed stage throughout the past few months. However, the
many mainstage concerts featured in the upcoming weeks should restore
“Tuned In,” both a student-run and student-friendly show,
will usher Harvard students back into the Theatre in a performative
capacity, foreshadowing Saturday’s Cultural Rhythms festival and spring
performances by the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe
Collegium Musicum, the Harvard Glee Club, and the Harvard Krokodiloes,
This Friday, you’ll be sure to hear something that will
delight your ears, be it a guilty-pleasure pop anthem wrapped in middle
school nostalgia, a fists-raised and lighters-out rock hit, or a smoky
jazz classic that you (kinda-sorta) recognize. Oh, and best of all:
it’s all been re-invented in a cappella close harmony replete with
skits and assorted other antics.
Regardless of its day-job as home to Harvard’s more
elephantine lectures, Sanders remains the premier venue in which to
hear live music on campus. If you haven’t been to Sanders for some time
or if you merely want to hear some music (and see some faces) that
you’ll definitely recognize, this late-February vocal jam is a perfect
occasion to tune in.