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2012 Arts Highlights

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2012 Arts Highlights
(Photo: Rameen Gasery)



The “Fela!” Queens (L) perform. The Tony Award-winning musical, which tells the life story of legendary Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, ran from May 1 through May 6 at Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre. (Rameen Gasery photo)

Sahr Ngaujah (below) stars as legendary Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti in the Tony Award-winning musical “Fela!” (Fela Production Photo)

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award to Jill Medvedow (R), Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and Teen Arts Council Member Romario Accime (C) at the White House on Nov. 19. (Steven E. Purcell photo)

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey (R), questions Lady Gaga (L) during the introduction of the “Born This Way Foundation” presented at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater on Feb. 29. Gaga, who inspired the Foundation, wishes to “challenge meanness and cruelty by inspiring young people to create support systems in their communities.” (Don West photo)

The Boston Arts Academy Spirituals Ensemble joined the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet on stage at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on Oct. 27. A visiting artist at MIT in 2012, Byron melded musical genres and brought generations together at the concert, an MIT Music and Theater Arts production. (L. Barry Hetherington photo)