1965 cultural events

This page lists 33 cultural events I attended in 1965. Movies are listed on my films page, not here. The program index page displays thumbnails of all the printed program images. Cities are in California, except as noted.

This list was reconstructed ex post facto in 2016 from old datebooks. I was a Harvard freshman at the start of 1965, spent the summer living at home in Minneapolis, and a sophomore at the end. Considering how much time has elapsed, I have remarkably vivid recollections of many of these performances:

Oddly, I don't have a clear recollection of hearing Richter (my favorite pianist) in Boston, though I very clearly remember his almost identical recital in London in the summer of 1966.


I started keeping event data in the format used by this page in 2010, so data for 2010 to date is accurate. I started keeping appointment calendar data in .txt format in August 2005. I later extracted 2005-2009 event data ex post facto, so data for 2005 to 2009 is less complete and a bit less accurate. I have older pocket calendars and hard copies of event programs going back to 1963, but I have not yet scanned programs for years before 2010 or entered event data for most years before 2005.

See also: 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1971 1981 1982 1983 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1993 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 All

Click on a heading below to sort the list accordingly. Click on a Program link to see the printed program for an event. Enter a search string (e.g., "Mahler", "Berkeley", "piano") below to filter the output.


Date Category Description Performers Venue City Works
01/02/65 @ 20:30 Concert Minneapolis Symphony Minneapolis Symphony Coffman Minneapolis MN
01/20/65 @ 20:30 Concert Berlin Philharmonic Herbert von Karajan, conductor Symphony Hall Boston MA Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
02/03/65 Sports Boston Celtics basketball Boston Celtics Boston Garden Boston MA
02/04/65 @ 19:30 Rehearsal Boston Symphony Phyllis Curtin, soprano
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Symphony Hall Boston MA Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Berg: Der Wein
Kodaly: Háry János
02/11/65 @ 19:30 Rehearsal Boston Symphony Charles Munch, conductor Symphony Hall Boston MA Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
Debussy: Images
Roussel: Symphony No. 4
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
03/18/65 @ 19:30 Rehearsal Boston Symphony Shirley Verrett, contralto
Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Symphony Hall Boston MA Mozart: Divertimento No. 15
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
03/18/65 @ 19:30 Concert Harvard Bach Society Harvard Bach Society Sanders Cambridge MA Schubert: Mass
04/17/65 Sports Boston Red Sox baseball Orioles vs. Red Sox Fenway Park Boston MA
05/07/65 @ 20:30 Concert Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra James Yannatos, conductor Sanders Cambridge MA
06/17/65 Recital Sviatoslav Richter Sviatoslav Richter, piano Boston MA Schubert: Piano Sonata D. 575
Brahms: Vier Klavierstücke
Liszt: Sonata in b minor
06/20/65 @ 20:30 Concert John Coltrane John Coltrane, saxophone Guthrie Minneapolis MN
06/22/65 @ 20:00 Theater Cherry Orchard Guthrie Guthrie Minneapolis MN Chekov: The Cherry Orchard
06/25/65 Theater Showboat Showboat U of M Minneapolis MN
06/29/65 @ 20:00 Concert Minneapolis Symphony Minneapolis Symphony Coffmann Minneapolis MN Verdi: Requiem
07/07/65 @ 20:00 Theater Richard III Guthrie Guthrie Minneapolis MN Shakespeare: Richard III
07/09/65 @ 20:00 Theater Bacchae '65 Scott Minneapolis MN Bacchae '65
07/13/65 @ 20:00 Theater Way of the World Guthrie Guthrie Minneapolis MN Congreave: The Way of the World
07/18/65 Theater The Fantasticks Scott Minneapolis MN Schmidt: The Fantasticks
08/20/65 Theater Danton's Death Guthrie Guthrie Minneapolis MN Büchner: Danton's Death
09/25/65 @ 14:00 Sports Harvard football Harvard vs. Holy Cross Soldier's Field Cambridge MA
09/30/65 @ 19:30 Rehearsal Boston Symphony Erich Leinsdorf, conductor Symphony Hall Boston MA Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
10/02/65 @ 14:00 Sports Harvard football Harvard vs. Tufts Soldier's Field Cambridge MA
10/09/65 @ 14:00 Sports Harvard football Harvard vs. Columbia Soldier's Field Cambridge MA
10/17/65 @ 15:00 Recital Vladimir Ashkenazy Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano Symphony Hall Boston MA Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
10/22/65 @ 20:30 Concert Czech Philharmonic Karel Ancerl, conductor Symphony Hall Boston MA Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
10/24/65 @ 15:00 Chamber Julliard String Quartet Julliard String Quartet Jordan Hall Boston MA
11/07/65 @ 20:00 Concert Harvard Bach Society Harvard Bach Society Sanders Cambridge MA
11/12/65 Concert Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra James Yannatos, conductor Sanders Cambridge MA
11/14/65 @ 15:00 Concert Pittsburgh Symphony William Steinberg, conductor Symphony Hall Boston MA
11/20/65 @ 13:00 Sports Harvard football Harvard vs. Yale Yale Bowl New Haven CT
12/15/65 @ 20:30 Recital David Oistrakh David Oistrakh, violin Symphony Hall Boston MA
12/17/65 Concert Minneapolis Symphony Minneapolis Symphony Coffman Minneapolis MN
12/30/65 Concert Minneapolis Symphony Minneapolis Symphony Coffman Minneapolis MN