HARVARD -- The Harvard Friends of the Arts is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 season, which will bring to Volunteers Hall in the Harvard Public Library an exciting slate of professional folk, swing and blues musicians as well as witty and moving theatrical performances staged by both professional and local performers.

All shows are free of charge, though donations are welcome! Seats should be reserved by calling the Library at 978-456-4114.

Seats for the Sept. 21 (Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser) and Oct. 5 (Rory Block) shows are already nearly gone -- so call HPL now.

* Sept. 21: Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser

"Elegant." "Riveting." "Soulful." "Classic mastery." These are a few of the terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick. Seats are going fast.

* Oct. 5: Rory Block

"Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends." -- The New York Times

This five-time Blues Music award winner is almost "sold out" -- so call now to reserve your seats.

* Nov. 2: Atwater-Donnelly

Atwater~Donnelly provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry.

* Dec. 14: It's Wonderful Life Radio Play

Our annual Old Time Radio Theater staged reading.


The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, presented by the Friends' Radio Theatre of the Air. Last year's performance required finding extra chairs to seat everyone, so reserve your seat early.

* Jan. 25: Carolyn Waters

"Carolyn's voice is amazing, captivating, compelling, any superlative will fit. I don't believe I have heard such a rich, velvety and yes, bluesy voice locally in years." -- Karen Nugent, Boston Blues Society

* March 8: Julius Caesar

The (Martha's) Vineyard Players present their tongue-in-cheek adaptation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Shakespeare for the Masses performed within one-hour: the way to enjoy the Bard for people who really don't have enough time.

* April 5: Gail Rundlett Finnie

Gail is a one of New England's finest folk musicians, performing as a solo artist for over 25 years in New England's coffeehouses, clubs, festivals, concert halls, museums and schools. She plays Appalachian dulcimer and guitar.

"One of the best ballad singers I've ever heard." -- The Boston Globe.