An entertainment and educational series designed to bring quality programming to The Harvey School's campus for the surrounding community to enjoy. All performances are held in Harvey’s state-of-the-art venue, The Walker Center for the Arts.
Upcoming Harvey Presents Events:
An Evening With Musical Artists
Grace Kelly and Kirsten Maxwell
Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
In Association with Cathy Shaffer
Tickets: $30 for adults / $20 for students
Singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 26-year-old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly's 10th CD Trying to Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. Featured by Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Grace was also the Grand Prize winner in the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (country genre).
"Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room." --Jon Batiste, band leader
Grace wrote her first song at 7 years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama's Inauguration at 16. As a bandleader Grace has performed over 800 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux festivals.
New York born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kirsten Maxwell gives everything in her live performances, playing guitar with such delicacy and taste that the guitar seems to be an extension of her body. Her delivery creates a level of intimacy that welcomes new audiences in like old friends. With a quick wit and commanding stage presence, Kirsten gives the impression of being more accomplished than her 25 years.
“Her voice alone wraps itself around your ears…this is an artist still in the making and not just a singer.” -John Apice, No Depression
Kirsten Maxwell first stepped onto the stage at age 5 at a small opera house in NYC, and starting writing songs in high school, performing regularly at open mics and small gigs. In addition to winning a number of songwriting competitions and performing at festivals, Kirsten has toured extensively over the past 4 years, and shared stages with such musical greats as Melissa Etheridge, Ferron, and Karla Bonoff. Most recently, she performed a solo show at The Cutting Room in NYC, accompanied by Paul Shaffer.
Tickets: $30 for adults / $20 for students
Sneak Preview & Q/A of New Rock Musical with Live Performances"
"Out of My Comfort Zone"
Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
Harvey Presents a discussion of the rock musical film "Out of My Comfort Zone" based on the off-Broadway production of the same name which examines the effects of bullying and the struggles of the LGBTQ community. The story dramatizes the struggles of Josh and Rachel whose close friendship is tested when a school cyberbully threatens to expose secrets in this modern coming out, coming-of-age story.
The evening will feature live musical performances by several of the film's talented young actors as well as a sneak peek of clips from the film, a trailer, and an enlightening discussion with producer Deb Robicheau, director, writer, and producer Ivy Vale, and producer and co-writer Rick Reil.
"Out of My Comfort Zone" addresses the important issues facing our children today through music, humor, and relatable teenage characters."
The idea of "Out of My Comfort Zone" was created out of a desire to do something in response to the bullying epidemic and rise in youth suicide. The mission of the film is to open up dialogues within families, provide a safe way for children to talk to their parents about how they are treated at school, and prevent young people from falling into depression and suicide.
Featuring Live Performances by Cast Members:
Bestselling Author, Lecturer, Teacher
Andre Dubus III
Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Andre Dubus III has written seven books including New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, Gone So Long, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice."
His novel, House of Sand and Fog, was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times bestseler, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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