Marvin-Era HGC Alumni Reunion




We are looking forward to seeing you at this upcoming weekend’s Marvin-Era HGC Alumni Reunion. Whether you registered for a single event or for the full weekend of activities, you are sure to have a great time mixing and mingling with fellow Glee Club alumni.

If you haven't registered, yet, there's no time like the present. Click on the "Register Here" button below to see what all is planned and to claim your spot. (Note, tickets for Jim's Jameson Singers retirement concert are limited... orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Want to see who is already registered? Click on the "Register Here" link below, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and there you'll see who has signed up. Check back often to see when your favorite fellow Gleeks have registered. Or, better yet, email/call your friends and encourage them to register now.

Click the button below for an updated Schedule of Events as well as a map showing the location of the venues for Saturday’s events. You’ll want to print these out to bring with you.

Please note a few key details:

Jim’s Retirement Concert
The Jameson Singers concert will be at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, located near Symphony Hall at 30 Gainsborough Street in Boston (and not at First Church Cambridge as originally planned or Sanders Theatre). There are several parking garages nearby, the closest being at 10 Gainsborough Street, or you can take the T (Green Line E to the Symphony stop). In addition, concert attendees are invited to a post-concert reception with Jim in Brown Hall (in the Jordan Hall building) – no separate ticket required.

Concert Tickets
If you registered prior to May 3, your concert tickets were sent to you via U.S. Mail. If you registered after May 3 or requested that we hold your tickets, you should pick up your tickets from HGCF Executive Director James Giessler (grey-haired/white bearded guy wearing a Glee Club tie) who will be standing near the Box Office/Will-Call windows.

Saturday Morning with Jim
Jim has a tight schedule on Saturday – he can only be with us in the morning – but he would love to see as many of you as possible. We’ve added a “Rise & Shine Coffee” with Jim at 9:45am in the Horner Room (formerly the Agassiz Ballroom) in Agassiz House to be followed by Jim leading the group in a run-through of a few of his favorite HGC pieces. Plan to join us if you can.

Saturday Afternoon Break
We have a lot of singing planned for the weekend so we thought you might appreciate a little break in the afternoon. Hang out with your tour mates over coffee in the Square or grab a quick siesta. We’ve also arranged to have some current HGC members take a group on a tour of the recently-completed renovations at the Smith Center (formerly Holyoke Center) – now a student center – and the “refreshed” Winthrop House or Dunster House. We’ll share more information about that tour at the all-group sing early Saturday afternoon.

Saturday Event Venues
Due to Harvard’s exam schedule, we were not able to book the campus venues we’d typically use. We will instead be using the Agassiz Theatre and Horner Room at Agassiz House in Radcliffe Yard and the Tyler Room in Burnham Hall across the street on the former Episcopal Divinity School campus, now Lesley University. We’ve noted the locations on the attached map. If you get lost, call 617.547.GLEE (4533) and we’ll help find you.

Saturday is expected to be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s, and no appreciable threat of rain ... should be a lovely day!

All events on Saturday are casual. Dress for comfort in something that will allow you to sing well and have a good time!

As always, if you have any questions, please email jgiessler@hgcfoundation or call/text 617.547.GLEE (4533).

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy some of the Marvin content we've recently added to our website (see below).

Marvin-Era Reunion Schedule

(Time/location subject to change)

8:00pm - Jim Marvin Retirement Concert
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory
Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
The Jameson Singers
After the concert, you are invited to a post-concert reception with Jim Marvin in Brown Hall - hosted by Jameson Singers.

9:45-10:15am - Rise & Shine Coffee
Horner Room (Agassiz Ballroom), Agassiz House - Radcliffe Yard
For the early-risers, and those who want some more time to visit with Dr. Marvin, we'll have coffee available in the Horner Room starting at 9:45am.

10:15-11:00am - Morning Songs with Jim
Agassiz Theatre, Agassiz House
Here's your chance to run through a couple of favorite HGC pieces with Jim conducting. Gentle Annie, All Through the Night, and Sicut Cervus are possibilities.

11:00am-12:30pm - Reunion Brunch
Horner Room (Agassiz Ballroom), Agassiz House - Radcliffe Yard
A hearty spread of traditional New England brunch favorites and a few special touches, including bottomless mimosas.

12:45-2:00pm - Marvin-Era Alumni Sing
Agassiz Theatre, Agassiz House
Conductors Kevin Leong & Mike McGaghie will take us for a romping sing through three decades of Marvin-era repertoire.

2:00-3:15pm - Afternoon Break/Siesta
We'll take a little breather in the early afternoon for those who'd like to get some fresh air or take a siesta. Current HGC members will lead optional campus walking tours to see some of the recently completed renovations at the Smith Center, Dunster House, and/or Winthrop House.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 (cont.)

3:15-5:00pm - Decades Sings
Late-70s/1980s - Agassiz Theatre
1990s/2000s - Tyler Room of Burnham Hall (on the former EDS campus – see map following) Break-out sings for alumni from the late-70s/80s, and 90s/00s featuring repertoire from the 1982 & 1987, 1993 & 1998, and 2002 & 2005 Summer Tours with conductors Kevin Leong and Mike McGaghie.

5:00-5:30pm - Decades Showcase
Agassiz Theatre, Agassiz House
Alumni regroup to perform selections for each other in Agassiz Theatre.

5:30-7:00pm - Closing Reception
Horner Room, Agassiz House
Heavy Hot & Cold Hors d’oeuvres/Small Plates with Beer & Wine
Plenty of sustenance here to make this your supper, or use this as an appetizer before heading out in groups on your own for dinner in the Square.

Evening on your own...
Optional Concert: Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus “The Seasons” – Franz Joseph Haydn Sanders Theatre

For more information/tickets:

9:30-11:00am - Farewell/Wrap-Up
Quincy House Senior Common Room (58 Plympton Street)
One last gathering for coffee & bagels with your friends/tour-mates.


Whether it's vintage Marvin or more recent Marvin you're looking for, we have some great new additions to the HGCF website. Click on the images below to satisfy your need for Marvin-isms. On the left is the Marvin Tribute Book ("And May the Muse Inspire Each Future Song!") that was created in celebration of Jim's retirement from Harvard. On the right is the video from last month's "A Conversation with Jim Marvin" event in which Jim chats with Andy Clark about his new book "Emotion in Choral Singing: Reading Between the Notes" and other various and sundry topics that come into his mind.



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