Last night, an incredible lineup of musicians turned up at the Beacon Theatre for a very special benefit concert. Dubbed Love Rocks NYC, the show brought together dozens of talented artists for a musical celebration of all things love, to benefit the organization God Loves We Deliver. The non-profit group delivers meals to those who are terminally ill; it’s no surprise that so many all-star musicians came together in honor of such an important cause.The lineup featured: Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Bruce Willis, Derek Trucks, Keb’ Mo’, Aaron Neville, Lisa Fischer, Marc Cohn, Anthony Hamilton, Cece Winans, Susan Tedeschi, William Bell, Amy Helm, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Sam Moore, Catherine Russell, Joan Osborne, Tash Neal, and Marcus King.One of the highlight moments was certainly a reunion between Allman Brothers guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, joining with Trucks’ wife, vocalist Susan Tedeschi, for a soulful take on the classic “Space Captain.” Learning to live together, indeed. Watch the video below, courtesy of sgibson818.Tedeschi and Trucks also played “Turn On Your Love Light” with Sam Moore, as you can see in Sean Roche’s video below.Check out more videos from Sean Roche below, including cuts from Aaron Neville, Amy Helm, Jackie Greene, Mavis Staples, Gary Clark Jr., Bruce Willis, Marcus King, Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, and many more!
Load remaining images For the first time in almost 13 years, the String Cheese Incident rolled into Madison, Wisconsin for an absolute dance party. The last time they played there, in 2004, was for a Halloween show that was percussionist Jason Hann’s first performance as an official member of the band. Some things change, and some things don’t. Like 13 years ago, Cheese absolutely brought the heat and nailed their first night of the two-night run.The String Cheese Incident opened up the first set with “Close Your Eyes.” The Kyle Hollingsworth tune was well done, featuring just a hint of improv, but not straying too far from the course. With their new album Believe coming out in just days, Cheese made sure to play a song to introduce the crowd to the music. In the middle of the set popped up “Get Tight,” a Keith Moseley tune. The song was poppy and easy to follow along. It seemed fans were digging it. The rest of the first set only got better. “Way That It Goes” contained some great improv, and Hollingsworth took advantage of all his toys to place a well put “Stayin’ Alive” tease with his vocoder. If everybody wasn’t dancing at this point, then they were now. The easiest way to put it was that it was really, really, fun. A monster “Wake Up” seeped into a great “Shine” set closer. Easily one of their most optimistic and upbeat songs lyrically, the crowd was all grins. This version got spacey for a while as well, and the lighting mirrored the title of the song. It was a great first set.One of their most eclectic songs opened the second set. “Howard” has it all but bluegrass. It goes from serious rock-n-roll with heavy power chords to trance to circus-esque music in the bridge. This version was fairly standard but as enjoyable as it gets. Both veterans of Cheese as well as new fans alike can always sing along to the chorus of this tune and hearing a sold out venue belt out “HOWARD” was quite an experience. “Rhythm of the Road” had a great segue into Black Clouds that showcased their jamgrass abilities for only the second time in the night. “Bumpin Reel” was mammoth, and the set ended with the great story told through the lyrics of “Texas.” Rosie capped it off in the encore slot and night one was complete.Ultimately it was a great first night and tonight will indubitably be just as cheesy. With the band on a light tour schedule, don’t delay in seeing them.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 4/7/17Close Your Eyes, These Waves > Dudley’s Kitchen, Get Tight, Way That It Goes, Wake Up>Shine, Howard, Rhythm of the Road>Black Clouds, Nothing But Flowers, Bumpin Reel, Texas, Rosie
New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists have announced the first leg of The Deepest Dream national tour, which will kick off in November and hit DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, and Atlanta, on top of their previously scheduled summer appearances. Following the major success of their Men Amongst Mountains, the septet recently stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform “Fade Away” and “Wish I Knew You.” Following back-to-back sold-out tours and a whirlwind summer of festival appearances, The Revivalists are currently in the midst of their Fire Into Light tour which included a recent electrifying set at New York City’s Central Park SummerStage. The party will continue through the year with two-night runs at 9:30 Club and The Tabernacle, with festival appearances at LOCKN’, David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, Austin City Limits, and more left to go.The Revivalists are recognized as a stellar live band featuring pedal steel guitar, sax and trumpet, and are praised for their eclectic Southern mix of jazz-funk grooves, blues rock grit, warm melodies and masterful musicianship. Don’t miss them when they head to a city near you!THE REVIVALISTS 2017 TOUR DATES:August 25 Greenville, SC @ Greenville ZooAugust 26 Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterAugust 27 Arrington, VA @ Lock’n Music FestivalSeptember 1 Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Concert SeriesSeptember 3 Snowmass Village, CO @ Jazz Aspen SnowmassSeptember 8 Hamilton, OH @ David Shaw’s Big River Get Down*September 9 Hamilton, OH @ David Shaw’s Big River Get DownSeptember 14 Fredericton, NB @ Harvest Jazz and Blues FestivalSeptember 16 Norfolk, VA @ ETC Concert on the PointSeptember 22 Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful FestivalSeptember 23 St. Louis, MO @ The PageantSeptember 24 Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music and Cultural FestivalOctober 6 Austin, TX @ Austin City LimitsOctober 13 Austin, TX @ Austin City LimitsNovember 15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubNovember 16 Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubNovember 17 Philadelphia, PA @ The FillmoreNovember 18 Boston, MA @ House Of BluesNovember 28 Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center For The ArtsNovember 29 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s BallroomDecember 1 Denver, CO @ The FillmoreDecember 6 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room At Old National CentreDecember 8 N. Myrtle Beach @ House Of BluesDecember 9 Raleigh, NC @ The RitzDecember 10 Charlotte, NC @ The FillmoreDecember 12 Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & MineDecember 14 Mobile, AL @ Saenger TheatreDecember 15 Atlanta, GA @ The TabernacleDecember 16 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle* David Shaw Solo Acoustic[photo by Brantley Gutierrez]
Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. for their second of four performances on their current tour. The band will return to Washington, D.C next weekend on February 16th and 17th after a two-night detour to Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre on the 13th and 14th.The band was in fine form following their D.C. opener on Friday night, starting strong with a first set that featured favorites “Anyhow”, “Do I Look Worried”, “All The World”, “Right On Time”, “Ball and Chain”, and “Idle Wind”, as well as covers of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” and Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”.The second set got off to a funky start with a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “Love Having You Around” led with charisma by Susan Tedeschi. The band’s own “Simple Things” from 2011’s Revelator came next, followed by another cover of a beloved songwriter: Neil Young‘s “Alabama”. A rousing run through old Derek Trucks Band favorite “Get What You Deserve”. George Jones‘ “Color of the Blues” followed, and featured some beautiful vocal harmonies before moving into new tune “Shame” and, subsequently, a cover of blues standard “How Blue Can You Get?”. You can watch fan-shot footage of “Shame” and “Color of the Blues” below:“Shame” – Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/10/18[Video: Vinny Allen]“Color of The Blues” – Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/10/18[Video: Tom Libera]Finally, “I Want More” set up a fiery guitar-driven closer: Santana classic “Soul Sacrifice”. An encore of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” > “Bound For Glory” put a cap on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first of two weekends in the nation’s capital.For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here. You can listen to full audio of the show below:Tedeschi Trucks Band – Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C. – 2/10/18[Audio: archive.org user edtyre2]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Warner Theatre | Washington, D.C. | 2/10/18Set 1: Anyhow, Do I Look Worried, All The World, Right On Time, Leaving Trunk*, Volunteered Slavery**, Ball and Chain, Idle WindSet 2: Love Having You Around^, Simple Things, Alabama^^, Get What You Deserve, Color of the Blues, Shame, How Blue Can You Get?, I Want More, Soul Sacrifice&Encore: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound For GloryNOTES:*Sleepy John Estes cover**Rahsaan Roland Kirk cover^Stevie Wonder cover^^Neil Young cover&Santana cover[Cover photo: Instagram user @rrblive; Steve Hefter]
Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To Your Show Of Choice:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Colorado-based funk-soul favorites The Motet will return to New Orleans for a pair very special late night shows on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, during the second weekend of Jazz Fest. On the first night, Friday, May 4th, the band has put together a special tribute show honoring Sly and the Family Stone that will feature special guests Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note) on percussion and Moorea Masa on vocals. On the second night, Saturday, May 5th, The Motet will join forces with Virginia heavy-hitters Butcher Brown for a night of original music with special guest Weedie Braimah (The Nth Power) on percussion.In mid-January, the band had big news for fans with the announcement that their long-time trumpet player Gabe Mervine would be leaving the group. In his stead, The Motet tapped Chicago native Parris Fleming, a musician more than qualified to step in having shared the stage with Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, and many more in the past. Fleming solidifies a relatively new horn lineup, with saxophonist Drew Sayers joining the band in 2016 along with singer Lyle Divinsky, who has stepped up as the frontman for the group. Thus far, despite these lineup changes, the Motet has been on fire and wholly dialed, offering up energetic and feel-good performances during each of the stops of this most recent winter tour.“Keep On Don’t Stoppin’” – Pink Garter Theatre – Jackson Hole, WY – 2/24/2018[Video: steve oh]The Motet’s upcoming shows during the second weekend of Jazz Fest are not ones you’ll want to miss. The group’s choice of Sly and the Family Stone for their Friday night tribute is a good one, given that the band has been playing select tracks from the iconic band for almost a decade. In 2009, on the band’s home turf in Colorado, The Motet put on a legendary tribute to Sly and the Family Stone at the Fox Theatre during their Halloween run that year.“Family Affair” – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO – 10/29/2009[Video: TheFoxTheatre]For the second night of the group’s upcoming Jazz Fest run, the band will perform a more traditional show along with Butcher Brown and featuring special guest Weedie Braimah (The Nth Power) on percussion. During this performance, the funk group will get the chance to really flex their musical muscles and show of their own extensive catalog including previews of their upcoming album, due out later in the year.Tickets for The Motet’s NOLA shows are now available here: (Friday, May 4th; Saturday, May 5th). For more information, head to the band’s website.Click below for a list of The Motet’s upcoming tour dates:The Motet 2018 Spring Tour Dates3/31 Meow Wolf | Santa Fe, NM4/4 Shaka’s Live | Virginia Beach, VA4/5 9:30 Club | Washington, DC4/6 House of Independents | Asbury Park, NJ4/7 Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA4/19 The Pourhouse | Charleston, NC4/20 Sweetwater 420 Music Festival | Atlanta, GA5/4 House of Blues | New Orleans, LA +A Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone feat. Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note) and Moorea Masa5/5 House of Blues | New Orleans, LA feat. Weedie Braimah5/27 BottleRock | Napa Valley, CA6/2 Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO7/5 – 7/8 High Sierra Music Festival | Plumas County Fairgrounds, CA* Supporting Lettuce+ feat. Nate Werth (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy)ExpandGet a behind-the-scenes look at The Motet’s most recent tour below:
Earlier this week, Phish rounded out their 2018 with a stellar four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden. Along with the top-notch playing onstage, various storylines emerged from the time surrounding the run’s four shows that have made Phish fans love this band even more than they already do.One such story began in the leadup to the run, when Trey Anastasio‘s daughter, Bella Anastasio, organized a very special project in the Phish Chicks Facebook group as a Christmas surprise for her father. Bella put out a call for photos and stories about how Phish has brought people together and helped create lasting relationships. She compiled the submissions she received into a picture book, titled We Are Happy: A Thank You To Phish.The book clearly made an impression on Bella’s dad and his bandmates, so much so that Trey penned a tear-jerking note about it on his own Facebook page prior to the band’s New Year’s Eve performance. You can read Trey’s grateful reflections below:Dear Friends, Family and Everyone who so kindly took part in Bella’s book project…I’m sitting here at home, on New Year’s Eve looking at all the pictures in this book yet again, as I have every morning before the last three shows. I wish there was some way that I could convey even a fraction of how much this book means to me, and what it meant of the other three guys when I showed them at band practice on the 27th.There were many tears when I first saw it, and I had to actually stand up and leave the room for a moment, and there were more tears from Page, Mike and Fish at band practice.None of the four of us have ever actually seen Phish, or stood in the crowd, so our perspective can be skewed, and all the photos of weddings and friends and laughing and kids and family were so powerful, and mirrored our own lives and experience so closely.We all met our wives and friends thru Phish. Sue and I met at Nectars in the 80’s, Fish and Briar, Mike and Sue, Page and Heather. Last night I was backstage hugging Amy Skelton right before the second set, and we were laughing so hard, pals for 35 years. I first met Amy at the Doolin’s happy hour Phish shows in the early 80’s..she used to stand in the front row, when there was literally only two people at the entire gig. We are still lifelong friends. While we soundchecked yesterday there was a row of kids on scooters zipping around the arena… four of Fish and Briar’s kids, Mike’s daughter Tessa, two of Page’s daughters (his third is here too, but not on a scooter) and lots of their friends. My two daughters were in the building, Fish’s Dad was standing by the side of the stage, as well as my parents, stepmom, my nephew Jason, Mike’s aunt and uncle, and tons of friends, milling about… threads in a vast tapestry.We are all so moved, so grateful, to be connected to all of you in this way. For us, the personal connections are the best part of this adventure, the best part of Phish. To be able to share these experiences over the years. I thank you all from the depths of my soul for sharing this deeply meaningful gift. I will cherish it.Happy New Years to everyone on the Phish Chicks Facebook page and to everyone who so kindly took part in the creation of this Helping Friendly Book. … Read the fuckin’ book!!! Read it!Yeah my children are old enough to do something so thoughtful and kind. Whoa… And for all these years I thought it was written by the great and knowledgeable Icculus, but it was written by the whole beautiful Phish community all along. Who knew? The Book of Life..eternal joy and never ending splendor.. the trick was to remember that we’re all connected. Part of something so much bigger than ourselves.Thank you Happy New Year to you all! -TreyRead Trey’s NoteAlong with Bella’s book, several other stories have surfaced on social media that have bolstered our love for the members of Phish—not just as musicians, but as people.The first comes from 12/30, the penultimate night of the run. On 12/29, talented young New York-based bassist and longtime Phish fan, Karina Rykman, attended her 100th Phish show at the Garden. You may have seen her onstage playing with Marco Benevento‘s band, or perhaps leading a slew of talented artists decades her senior at this past year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive. Later that night, she shot down to the East Village’s Nublu for a sold-out late-night show with her band, the Karina Rykman Experiment. 100th show > sold-out headlining afterparty? Not a bad day for a 25-year-old Phish fan.But the milestone day would gain an extra layer of magic the following afternoon when she visited Mike Gordon at the Garden for soundcheck. While poking around Mike’s bass rig, a couple other musicians you may have heard of joined her onstage, turning her rig tour into a full-blown jam session with Phish. We’ll let Karina tell you what happened, as explained in a post on her Facebook page. As she regales,In between my 100th and 101st Phish shows, after my sold out gig last night at Nublu, I got to test Mike’s rig, and then before I knew it….well, this happened at The Garden. A dream, it’s true. I have no words and I am endlessly grateful. I don’t know what to say or do but I got to play with my favorite band at the world’s most famous arena and I am ready to collapse. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.Karina Rykman Soundcheck Jam With Phish At MSG Finally, there’s the heartwarming story of a very special guest that joined Jon Fishman at soundcheck on 12/29, as told by Phish fan Kristy Freeman. As she explains in a post on social media,On December 29, I was able to take my buddy Alex, who has autism, to the Phish sound check at Madison Square Garden. Alex loves music, especially Phish! Sitting in an empty MSG with Alex and his parents, watching Phish play, and seeing the smiles on all of their faces made me realize how truly blessed I am. After the band was finished with the sound check, Fishman called us over to come up on stage. It was incredible to watch Fishman teach Alex how to play the marimba lumina. He then asked Alex if he wanted to play the drums. I was like, “be gentle Alex” and Fishman said, “No, have at it Alex.” As I stood there in an empty MSG, watching this young man that I’ve worked with for the last eight years, playing the drums in the greatest arena on earth… I fought back tears of joy! It was an epic experience for all of us! Thank you so much Jonathan Fishman, you are the best!You can swipe through to see a few pictures from Alex’s MSG debut below: Thank you for all the wonderful memories in 2018, Phish. We’re glad, glad, glad to have you in our lives.
Jam Cruise has shared a new pro-shot video of Umphrey’s McGee from January’s voyage. The new live video of Umphrey’s McGee performing their classic original, “Wappy Sprayberry”, comes from the band’s Pool Deck main stage performance on the first day of Jam Cruise 17 on January 15th.The sextet opened their schedule on Jam Cruise 17 with a dark and dirty prog-rock performance on the Pool Deck, a stark contrast to the soul, funk, and bluegrass that preceded their set. That stylistic diversity was the perfect vessel to take Jam Cruise’s vessel—the Norwegian Jade—from evening into late-night. As always, Umphrey’s played with the technical dexterity that’s earned them a reputation as one of the most talented groups of musicians on the scene. After a performance filled with notable Umphrey’s compositions, the band capped their set in chilly, whipping winds of the top deck with The Who‘s “Baba O’Reilly”.Watch the newly released video of Umphrey’s playing “Wappy Sprayberry” on Jam Cruise 17 below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Wappy Sprayberry” – Jam Cruise 17[Video: Jam Cruise]For a list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Jam Cruise 17 | Atlantic Ocean | 1/15/19One Set: Remind Me, 40’s Theme, FF > Roctopus, Ocean Billy > JaJunk, Half Delayed > Wappy Sprayberry > Baba O’RileyEncore: Driven to Tears > Ocean Billy
Erez Lieberman-Aiden, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied Mathematics in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Mamta Tahiliani, a research fellow in pathology at Harvard Medical School who received her Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard in 2009, are two of 13 graduate students from institutes throughout North America who have been chosen to receive the 2010 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.The awards, given in recognition of outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences, are presented on the basis of the quality, originality, and significance of students’ work.Lieberman-Aiden and Tahiliani will participate in a scientific symposium along with the other winners on May 7 at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle. The symposium will include scientific presentations by all awardees as well as poster presentations by Hutchinson Center graduate students.The award, established in 2000, honors the late Harold M. Weintraub, a founding member of the center’s Basic Sciences Division, who in 1995 died from brain cancer at age 49.
Two famous comedic brothers, countless students, and one night of insight and offbeat hilarity were all part of the mix on Monday (Nov. 22) at Kirkland House.In an event hosted by the popular series “Conversations with Kirkland” and Harvard’s Office for the Arts’ Learning from Performers program, filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, famous for their slapstick, off-color comedies such as “There’s Something About Mary” and “Me, Myself & Irene,” discussed their successes and failures in show business, and offered the crowd tips on what it takes to make it in Tinseltown.Natives of Cumberland, R.I., they quit their day jobs in the 1980s and headed to Hollywood, intent on breaking into the business. “We literally just read from a book about how to write a screenplay and started writing,” said Bobby.After a decade of almost-made projects and rejected scripts, they were close to giving up when they hit it big with the 1994 comedy “Dumb & Dumber,” starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Their break came when a producer suggested they stop trying to find a director for their film and simply direct it themselves.“It hadn’t really occurred to us, because we didn’t really know what a director does,” said Bobby. “We didn’t know when to yell ‘action,’ ” added Peter, “but we understood what we wanted.”The brothers, who feared they would be exposed as frauds, decided to hire smart people around them and not profess any knowledge of the role of director. Their jury-rigged plan worked. “We figured they were going to come in and broom us and put a real director in, and they never did,” said Peter.Trusting in themselves has proven a successful formula for the brothers, who also said working in tandem has helped them to navigate the pitfalls of major movie studios that push to make a film the way they want it.“You hold each other [and your ideas] up. And it’s a huge advantage having a brother who is your partner who you also know has your best interests,” said Peter. “You are defending each other.”Asked if they bend their humor toward demographics, they said that while their jokes often tend to fall into the “teenage boy” category, they target their own sense of humor above all.“The first thing we do is to try to make sure that we think it’s funny,” said Bobby.“Yes, teenage boys come into it,” added Peter, “only because I think that’s what appeals to us.”They developed the script for their popular 1998 film “There’s Something About Mary” from an original concept borrowed from a couple of friends, and chose to break with the PG-13 rating assigned to most comedies then. “We said … let’s go nuts,” recalled Peter of their decision to push the envelope with the R-rating.But in the end the movie worked, like many of their films, they said, because the story is fundamentally uplifting.“At the heart, almost every story we do is a sweet story, and it’s a story that has a good message. It’s just [that] it’s disguised by the big gags,” said Bobby.To conclude, the Farrellys screened a clip with Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman from a forthcoming film project titled “Movie 43.” If the reaction from the crowd was any indication, die-hard Farrelly fans will not be disappointed.
Nearly 35,000 students applied to Harvard College this year for admission to the Class of 2015 entering in August. Letters of admission (and email notifications) were sent on March 30 to 2,158 students, 6.2 percent of the record pool of 34,950.More than 60 percent of the admitted students will receive need-based scholarships averaging more than $40,000, benefiting from a record $160 million in financial aid. Families with students on scholarship contribute an average of $11,500 annually toward the cost of a Harvard education.Many other selective institutions also experienced record admissions years and have made substantial changes in their financial aid programs. “The public policy benefit of enabling students from all backgrounds to make the most of their talents through higher education will be felt for generations to come,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “Our colleges and universities are reaching out more than ever before for students with remarkable personal qualities and character who can play leadership roles in addressing the many urgent challenges facing us,” he said.Beyond improvements in financial aid and outreach, Harvard has made substantial changes both to support students once they enroll and to improve their college experiences. Among the enhancements in the past decade are: a new program in General Education; a four-fold increase in the number of small freshman seminars; a new program offering more than 40 secondary fields; the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; an augmented advising system that doubles the number of advisers to more than 400 (and includes 200 peer-advising fellows and 60 resident proctors); expanded opportunities for close collaboration with faculty through numerous research and regional centers; a new Arts Initiative and the New College Theatre to enliven already vibrant arts and humanities opportunities; and a wide variety of new possibilities for study abroad, supported by a $100 million gift from David Rockefeller.“We have worked very hard over the past few years to ensure that every student who comes to Harvard is given the support and the tools that they need to succeed here,” said Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds. “I am very pleased by the progress we have made in delivering an educational experience equal to the talents and aspirations of our undergraduates.”Not only did more students apply this year to Harvard, but the academic strength and diversity of the pool increased as well. By standard measures of academic talent, including test scores and academic performance, this year’s applicants presented an unprecedented level of excellence. More than 14,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT critical reading test; 17,000 scored 700 or above on the SAT math test; 15,000 scored 700 or higher on the SAT writing test; and 3,800 were ranked first in their high school classes.Minority representation remained strong. The admitted class is 17.8 percent Asian-American, 11.8 percent African-American, 12.1 percent Latino, 1.9 percent Native American, and 0.2 percent Native Hawaiian. Although it is difficult to make precise comparisons to previous years because of changes in federal requirements concerning the collection and reporting of race and ethnicity information, it is likely that the percentages of African-American and Latino students are records.Slightly more than half (51.5 percent) of those admitted are men. Last year, both the pool and the admitted group comprised more males, but the matriculating class included only eight more men because a higher percentage of women accepted offers of admission.Geographic representation remained similar to last year’s figures. More than 22 percent of the admitted students are from the mid-Atlantic states, 21 percent from the Western and Mountain states, 19 percent from the South, 16 percent from New England, 10 percent from the Midwest, and 12 percent from the U.S. territories and abroad.Foreign citizens make up 10 percent of the admitted students. In addition, a significant number of other entering students will bring an international perspective, including 141 U.S. dual citizens, 70 U.S. permanent residents, and many Americans who have lived abroad. Together, foreign citizens, U.S. duals, and U.S. permanent residents constitute nearly 20 percent of the class. There are 85 countries represented in it.Nearly a quarter (24.9 percent) of the admitted students intend to concentrate in the social sciences. The biological sciences attracted 23.3 percent. Students expressing an interest in the humanities constitute 19 percent. Students planning an engineering concentration represent 12.6 percent, the physical sciences 9.5 percent, mathematics 7.7 percent, computer science 1.9 percent, and 1.2 percent undecided.The Class of 2015 will bring extraordinary extracurricular talents to Harvard across a wide range of endeavors. Major interests cited by students include music and other expressive and performing arts (44 percent), debate and political activities, including student government (35 percent), social service (21 percent), and writing and journalism (19 percent). In addition, 56 percent of the class expects to participate in recreational, intramural, or intercollegiate athletics.“Faced with 35,000 applicants, our alumni/ae interviewers contributed to our process as never before,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “Personal qualities and character remain central to each and every admissions decision. Our 10,000 alumni/ae volunteers around the world are irreplaceable in other ways as well — attending college nights, visiting schools, and calling newly admitted students and hosting gatherings for them in April. There is no way we can thank them enough for their loyalty and devotion to Harvard,” she said.Added Elizabeth Adams, liaison to the Alumni/ae Schools and Scholarship Committees, “We are particularly grateful to our alumni/ae volunteers for making our new electronic system function so well, a change that enabled interviews to be submitted rapidly and in time to assist the admissions committee in its vital work.”Recruitment is the foundation on which Harvard’s excellence rests. Nearly 70 percent of all admitted students and 87 percent of admitted minority students appeared on the original College Board Search List that helped launch Harvard’s outreach program for the Class of 2015. Staff members will visit 60 cities this spring, targeting the high school juniors who may eventually join the Class of 2016. Joint travel trips will be conducted with Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. “Joint travel is the fundamental element of our recruitment. Last spring and fall, Harvard admissions officers visited all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, where we saw 44,000 high school students and parents. We also met with more than 3,000 high school guidance counselors,” said Jennifer Gandy, director of the Joint Travel Program.Eliminating Early Action three years ago allowed more time in the fall for staff to communicate with students who might not have otherwise thought about applying to Harvard. Joint outreach events with Princeton University and the University of Virginia (both of which also eliminated early admission) met with an overwhelming reception in November, previously a time when all three institutions were off the road conducting early admission selection meetings. Harvard once again will visit nearly 20 cities with this group. Even though Harvard has restored early admission starting next year (as have Princeton and UVA), all three institutions will continue this travel to reach out to students from modest economic backgrounds.“Undergraduate recruitment has a long and distinguished history at Harvard,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment. “Members of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program [UMRP] and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative [HFAI] once again played a vital role in attracting this year’s record pool of students.” Members of both organizations telephoned and sent email messages and letters to prospective applicants. They also conducted recruitment trips around the country and met with middle school and high school student groups who visited Harvard.“HFAI is one of Harvard’s highest priorities, and once again we were able to attract outstanding students from families with annual incomes under $60,000 and $80,000,” said Monica Del Toro-Brown, co-director of HFAI. Precious Eboigbe, HFAI co-director, noted, “Our students worked closely with staff and alumni/ae, forming a partnership that enabled us to reach out to talented students from modest economic backgrounds who never dreamed Harvard was possible. We are particularly pleased to see a larger number of students admitted from families with incomes under $60,000.”Fitzsimmons and McGrath praised the efforts of the Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) and the undergraduate tour guides and greeters who work throughout the year with visitors to Cambridge — leading tours, hosting prospective applicants overnight, and visiting high schools. David L. Evans, co-director of the UAC, said that “prospective students need to learn firsthand about the Harvard experience from current undergraduates.” Added Elise Eggart, UAC co-director, “UAC members extend a warm welcome to students interested in Harvard. The UAC provides a human face to the Harvard community, and we hear often from students and families that UAC members made the difference in students’ decision to consider Harvard among their college choices.”Banks, director of the Student Tour Program, said, “Our tour guides and greeters welcome students to Harvard throughout the year. They love to share personal anecdotes about life in the College, both inside and outside the classroom. Often, they are the first Harvard students a prospective applicant meets, and they introduce college life with grace, humor, and enthusiasm. Added Lucerito Ortiz, assistant director of the program, “Rain or shine, in small groups or large, you’ll find them walking through Harvard Yard, leading groups of prospective students and their families from around the world.”McGrath emphasized the important role of the teaching faculty in the admissions process. Faculty members speak with many prospective students in person or on the phone and answer their letters and email inquiries. “Faculty accessibility is a clear demonstration of Harvard’s commitment to undergraduate education. In addition, faculty members read hundreds of applications, evaluate academic research of all kinds, and assess portfolios across a range of academic and creative disciplines,” she said.Members of the teaching faculty serving on the Admissions Committee are Peter J. Burgard, John E. Dowling, Edward L. Glaeser, Benedict H. Gross, Guido Guidotti, Hammonds, Joseph D. Harris, J. Woodland Hastings, Eric N. Jacobsen, Thomas Jehn, Harry R. Lewis, Richard M. Losick, David R. McCann, James J. McCarthy, Louis Menand, Michael D. Mitzenmacher, Cherry Murray, Richard J. O’Connell, Orlando Patterson, Frans Spaepen, Christopher Stubbs, Richard F. Thomas, Thomas H. Waldo, Steven C. Wofsy, Robert M. Woollacott, and Amir Yacoby.Personal contact with admitted students will be important over the next few weeks. Members of the UAC, the UMRP, the HFAI, the admissions and financial aid staff, and teaching faculty will telephone and meet with admitted students.The admissions office reaches out to recruit students across the world through message boards and undergraduate student blogs. The message boards allow students to speak with Harvard undergraduates and one another, while the blogs offer an insider’s view of the College. Danielle Early, director of Internet communications, said, “The boards and blogs provide yet another way for students to meet and make connections with future classmates.”To give admitted students the opportunity to experience Harvard life and meet future professors and classmates, a Visiting Program for admitted students is scheduled for April 16 to 18. The program, recently renamed “Visitas” by current undergraduates, enables guests to sample classes, attend faculty panel discussions, concerts, receptions, department open houses, symposia, and hundreds of events organized by extracurricular organizations. More than 1,300 admitted students are expected to visit during April, and 1,100 will do so during Visitas. “Contact with current undergraduates and faculty is critically important to students as they evaluate their college options. Students often cite the Visiting Program as pivotal in their decision to choose Harvard,” said director Valerie Beilenson.Sarah C. Donahue, director of financial aid, and her colleagues will be available to talk with admitted students and their families on weekdays during April from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT and on Sunday (April 17) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Visitas. “We look forward to talking with students and parents who have concerns or questions about how to finance a Harvard education, including families who may not have applied for financial aid but who are interested in the wide range of available payment options. Our program offers assistance to all students and families, ranging from full financial aid to a number of financing alternatives: a monthly payment plan; the opportunity to prepay tuition at current rates; and a variety of parent loan programs that extend payments up to 15 years,” she said.“Students and their families should know that there are other forms of financial assistance, such as the Faculty Aide Program, the Harvard College Research Program, and the Dean’s Summer Research Program, which enable students to create paid partnerships with faculty members on academic projects of mutual interest,” said Meg Brooks Swift, director of student employment and the Harvard College Research Program.Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their offers.