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The Fifth Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata

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The Fifth Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata

Published Sep 9, 2019
Updated Sep 11, 2019

“The Fifth Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata”
Feinstein’s / 54 Below
254 West 54th St
Thursday, September 12

If I recommend this show, you can rest assured that it’s worth catching, since my cynicism re higher education is well known (thank you Malcolm Gladwell) and I don’t have anything like a horse in this race. (In fact, I don’t know whom to root for; in this respect, the contest of Harvard vs. Yale strikes me overall as oddly reminiscent of the Iran-Iraq war.) However, I have seen at least two of the previous four evenings of this competition, and in spite of my general apathy regarding the overall concept, I’ve found it to be an enjoyable and stimulating evening of song, artfully presented by those two highly-sagacious hosts Tom Toce and Victoria Ordin. Considering that Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner both went to Harvard and Cole Porter famously attended Yale, maybe there’s something to this Ivy League jazz after all.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)