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Patrick W. Lauppe

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On Campus

Artist Spotlight: Joshua Redman '91

"What I can say is this: you can't go into jazz wanting to make a solid living or wanting to become well known. Those are just not the reasons that attract people to this music. The people who come to be the most artistically successful and who come to feel the most fulfilled with their work are those with a genuine passion and dedication to this music."

On Campus

Boston Phil Sensitively Plays Modernists

Despite trouble with tempo and an anticlimactic finish, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra delivered rich, subtle renditions of works by Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Strauss.


Lotus Plaza Hides Weak Songwriting Behind a Filter of Fuzz

Similarly, behind all the layers of electronic fuzz and distorted guitars on Lotus Plaza’s new album lie dull songwriting and an unskilled, unadventurous musician who consistently confuses loudness with complexity.

On Campus

Monson Explores the Intricacies of Coltrane

“The relationship of the words to the music was a bit of a secret to be discovered,” said Monson. “Not even the musicians in the band knew that he was using a text, which suggests that he had it memorized.”


The Calling of Disorder

Former nun Mary Johnson lost her faith amid abuse from her peers and corruption from her leaders. Now, Johnson has found purpose in telling her story.

Taxes in America
Harvard Kennedy School

MIT Professor Explores Views on Taxes

Andrea L. Campbell, an associate professor of political science at MIT, argued that Americans form attitudes towards taxes based on both rational self-interest and subjective factors at a Kennedy School lecture on Wednesday.


'Album' Is a Potent Cocktail of Violence, Meth, and Bourbon

Woodrell's project is simple: to communicate a detailed, visceral experience of the contemporary Ozarks—their people, their past, their problems, and their often frightening propensity for acts of extreme violence.

On Campus

Marsalis on Dance—The 'Big Sister of Music'

In Sanders lecture, Marsalis explores the evolving identity of American dance

Visual Arts

Artist Recreates Kafka’s Distorted Reality

In interpreting Franz Kafka and his relationship to reality, Pavel Schmidt creates confounding art.


Berklee Shows Off Its Students

A free summer music series showcases the rigor of the college’s education.


TUnE-yArDs Conjure Subtly Dark Pop

Garbus and her crew reveal the hidden potential of hackneyed pop forms by injecting them with a pungent dose of dissonant, noisy, and violent elements. What results is a quirky and unpredictable album that sounds clean and expertly crafted as it plumbs the shadows of its unsettling world.

On Campus

After 40 Years, Harvard Jazz Still Groovy

In a week of celebration, the OFA commemorates “40 Years of Jazz at Harvard”

On Campus

Preview: Cleansed

An undergraduate cast directed by Matthew C. Stone ’11 has begun work on a production of “Cleansed” that promises to be a jarring yet ultimately hopeful experience.

On Campus

BachSoc’s Tribute to the Romantics

Last Friday, the Bach Society Orchestra (BachSoc) filled Sanders Theatre with the 19th-century sounds of its third seasonal concert, exchanging ...

On Campus

Greg Sholette Discusses the Artistic Underworld

According to New York-based artist Gregory Sholette, the professional art world is dependent upon artistic "dark matter," the excess of amateur art lying just outside its boundaries.