This time last week, my proverbial plate was pretty full, but the storm has passed. This week I turned in two mid-term papers (hooray!), and I have life left in me yet. I will admit that I had to sleep in this morning in order to recover, but in the afternoon I walked from the Quad to Sanders Theatre in order to enjoy the 27th Annual Cultural Rhythms performance.
Like I mentioned the other week, I missed out on the show my freshman year, so I feel like I had two years of anticipation stored up. I had heard rave reviews from my friends that went to the performance last year, but I have to say that Culture Rhythms still managed to exceed my expectations.
First of all, John Legend was honored as the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year, and he did not disappoint. He was a cool, confident, and charming host for the afternoon. He even humored the audience by singing a few lines from his hit single, “Ordinary People”. Before the show I was already a pretty dedicated fan so I was swooning like a schoolgirl the entire time. My friends sitting next to me couldn’t help but laugh at my enthusiasm. Apparently I left my pride outside of the theater this afternoon.
Mariachi Veritas performing in Sanders Theatre
Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan
Corcairdhearg (Irish dancers)
Cultural Rhythms is basically a showcase of a selection of cultural performance groups on campus. The groups featured included Mariachi Veritas, the Harvard Breakers (a breakdancing/popping/locking dance crew), and the Kuumba Singers. I have to say that my favorite part of the afternoon was probably the grand finale. The final performance featured one or two representatives from each of the different groups that performed in Cultural Rhythms. They all came together in one dance, and they incorporated choreography from each of the earlier performances. Also, to top it all off they were performing to John Legend’s “Green Light”, as he looked on from his seat on stage. I can’t think of a better way for them to have concluded the show. You could tell that they put a lot of thought into the organization of the show, and I really appreciated the attention to detail.
All in all, it was an incredible afternoon. Right now I am in the best mood imaginable because Cultural Rhythms is symbolic of what I love about being a student here. Diversity is, without a doubt, the feature of my college experience that I value the most. I love the excitement of being constantly exposed to the unfamiliar. Moreover, diversity here at Harvard goes beyond race and ethnicity. The student body is composed of individuals that represent various academic interests, and people that have distinct talents that set them apart for everyone else. I genuinely feel like every student here has something different, something unique, to offer the undergraduate community.
Keeping that in mind, I am going to bask in the brilliance of a fantastic afternoon, and listen to some John Legend on my iTunes. Happy Saturday!