The Memorial Church at Harvard was constructed in 1932 as a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War I. Standing opposite Widener Library, the church serves as not only a place for worship, but as a place for remembrance and celebration. Home to university church services and the Harvard Choir, it is a space that is steeped in tradition, ceremony and, of course, music.
Handel and Haydn Society, while it has never previously performed at this celebrated venue, nevertheless has a friendly and far-reaching relationship with Harvard and its faculty. Professor Thomas Kelly has narrated numerous programs for the Society, and Professor Robert Levin is one of its prized soloists, having gained global acclaim for his work on fortepiano and as a classical improviser.
One Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
We strongly suggest using public transportation in lieu of driving.
Take the Red Line or #1 bus to Harvard Square. Proceed down Massachusetts Avenue eastward and turn into Harvard Yard at the Widener Library gate. Memorial Church stands opposite the library.
Click here for directions from Memorial Church's website.
Plan Ahead: Be sure to leave plenty of travel time when attending a Handel and Haydn concert, especially during the holiday season and winter months.
Take exit 31 to merge onto MA-16 E/Mystic Valley Pkwy toward Revere.
Turn slight right toward Mystic Ave./Somerville.
Turn right onto Mystic Valley Pkwy .
Continue onto Harvard St.
Continue onto Warner St.
Enter next roundabout and take the 4th exit onto College Ave.
Turn slight left onto Elm St./ Davis Square Continue to follow Elm St.
Turn right onto Beech St. (Beech St is just past St. James Ave.)
Turn left onto Massachusetts Ave./RT-2A E.
Slight right onto Cambridge St/Peabody St.
Slight right onto Broadway.
Destination will be on the right. (If you are on Harvard Square and reach JF Kennedy St. you've gone a little too far.)
To Enter Harvard Yard:
Bear right onto Brattle Street, which quickly becomes Massachusetts Avenue; you will see the walls of Harvard Yard and the Johnston Gate on your right. Enter the gate and stop at the guardhouse to check in with the Harvard Police. The officer will direct you to the church and parking.
A seating chart for The Memorial Church at Harvard University is available as a downloadable PDF by clicking on the link below:
The Memorial Church at Harvard University
Photo Credit: flickr/James MH