September 10, 2016
Sanders Theatre at Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust opened the weekend Sept. 10 with an introduction of Pulitzer Prize winner and world-renowned jazz pioneer Wynton Marsalis. She reflected on how Marsalis uses music to advance national conversations on critical issues.
Marsalis reflected on the themes raised by “Blood on the Fields,” his epic oratorio of one couple’s journey from slavery to freedom — the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer. He interspersed musical performances with his quintet to reflecting on themes including the power of jazz, blues and other musical forms to mirror America’s diversity with its amalgam of influences.