Music

Stanford unveils new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts and welcomes international guest artists

Guest artists from around the world bring vitality and variety to campus in the fall.

Artists from across the globe come to Stanford to perform, create and engage. The 80-plus guest artists visiting campus this fall are hosted by over 20 Stanford departments, centers and programs. Some of the artists will be at Stanford for a single public event and others will stay for an extended visit for deep engagement…

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Stanford musicologist reflects on ‘multimusical’ Aretha Franklin

Charles Kronengold talks about Aretha Franklin as a singular figure in American music.

As family, friends and fans pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin, whose funeral is Aug. 31, Stanford musicologist Charles Kronengold discusses with Stanford Report the ways that Franklin defined her time. Aretha Franklin, shown in a 1968 publicity photo, was a major figure in American musical culture. She died Aug. 16 at age 76. (Image credit: Wikipedia…

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Student Arts Grants: A Year in Photos 2017-18

This year’s Student Arts Grants supported a wide range of projects across the Stanford campus. The projects covered many genres including contemporary plays, documentary and fiction film shorts, musical theater, painting, photography, drag performance, and more. Many of this year’s grantees utilized Roble Arts Gym as a rehearsal/work space as well as a venue for their exhibits…

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Stanford Concert Network staff on organizing the Frost Music & Arts Festival

Student organizers talk about what it takes to pull off the biggest show on campus, scheduled for May 19 at Stanford Stadium and headlined by English indie rock band Glass Animals.

Spring quarter is half past, which means it’s almost time for the seventh annual Frost Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 19. The festival, which will include performances by Ravyn Lenae, Monte Booker and headliner Glass Animals, will be held at Stanford Stadium due to renovations at Frost Amphitheater. More than a concert,…

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Ram’s Head presents ‘Chicago’

Set in the mid-1920s, Broadway favorite Chicago follows the story of budding star Roxie Hart and veteran performer Velma Kelly as they vie for the spotlight in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal from their death row convictions. According to Gabe Wieder, director and co-choreographer of the Ram’s Head production of the musical, “Chicago’s…

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Louis Menand unmasks the rock god in his cultural history of rock’n’roll

The Pulitzer Prize winner investigates rock’s origins at the 2018 Stanford Humanities Center’s Camp Memorial Lecture.

Who invented rock’n’roll? It’s not who you think. At the Stanford Humanities Center’s 2018 Harry Camp Memorial Lecture, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and cultural critic Louis Menand exposed rock’n’roll’s origin myths, shedding light on the power of media to shape cultural myths today. In his lecture, titled “Conditions for the Possibility of Rock’n’Roll: An Exercise in Cultural History,” Menand…

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Stanford’s spring quarter guest artists

Guest artists are all over campus this spring. Indie rock band Glass Animals play Stanford Stadium; the open-air literary celebration Stories of Exile, Reckoning and Hope takes place on the main stage in White Plaza; Mina Morita directs Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan in Roble Studio Theater; and Stanford Live’s popular Cabaret series continues in Bing’s cozy…

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Stanford students play leading role in first U.S. performances of Elfman’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra”

In anticipation of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: Eleven Eleven, students had the rare opportunity to work closely with its prominent composer, Danny Elfman.

“Great concentration, great job and great work,” composer Danny Elfman said, complimenting Stanford student musicians after a run-through of his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: Eleven Eleven. Caption: Members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra were the first musicians in the United States to play Elfman’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. In anticipation of Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s March…

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Neuroscience and music: A conversation with opera singer Renée Fleming

About a month before she opens on Broadway in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Renée Fleming is sitting in a broadcast booth talking to me about neuroscience and music. I’m able to grab time with the celebrated soprano to discuss Sound Health: Music and the Mind, a collaboration between the Kennedy Center, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Arts,…

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Stanford’s winter quarter guest artists

Stanford in winter is a hotbed of creativity and artistic expression. The extensive roster of guest artists on campus includes actor/alum Sterling K. Brown, recent winner of the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama series and the first African-American male in history to do so, with fellow actor/alum Ryan Michelle Bathe performing…

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Stanford community participates in intuitive/rational creative exercise

Artist and lecturer Pamela Davis Kivelson conducts a group draw.

The intersection of science, music, art and improvisation has long fascinated experimental artist Pamela Davis Kivelson. Her latest foray into the busy intersection – Drawing with Gravitational Waves – reaches out of this world. Video by Kurt Hickman Artist Pamela Davis Kivelson created a participatory performance piece with violinist and scientist Lucy Liuxuan Zhang and creative coder…

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Three wise women meet the baby King in Stanford production

What if when the Magi went off to Bethlehem to meet the prophesied King, three wise women stayed behind and ended up meeting the baby King in a shared dream vision? This is the premise of Conrad Susa’s one-act opera The Wise Women: A Christmas Mystery Fable, presented by the Department of Music and the Office…

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Education Professor John Willinsky rocks free sharing in music and scholarship

Prof. John Willinsky rocks free sharing in music and scholarship When John Willinsky, the Khosla Family Professor of Education, came to Stanford a decade ago from Vancouver, Canada, he brought his leadership of the Public Knowledge Project, which promotes and studies the sharing of research and scholarship as a public good. He also brought his electric guitar. Today, Willinsky’s…

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Associate Professor Anna Schultz receives H. Colin Slim Award

Anna Schultz, Associate Professor (Ethnomusicology), was recently presented with the H. Colin Slim Award by the American Musicological Society during their annual meeting in Rochester, NY. The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit. For the year 2016, that honor has gone to “Sentimental Remembrance and the Amusements of Forgetting in Karl and Harty’s ‘Kentucky’,” by Sumanth Gopinath and Anna Schultz, published in…

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Pakistan’s Sachal Ensemble comes to Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall as part of its first U.S. tour

Their journey from Lahore to Lincoln Center was captured in ‘Song of Lahore,’ a documentary by Stanford alums Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken

A jazz song from the 1950s, an Oxford-educated financial advisor and a group of once-celebrated but unemployed musicians — some of whom no longer even owned an instrument — are not the standard ingredients for a global hit. But a viral video of Dave Brubeck’s iconic “Take Five” led to an invitation to perform with…

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Keepers of the Flame

Performances by Jason Moran and the Sachal Ensemble deal with the power of cultural traditions.

Tradition has been defined as “the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.” Stanford Live is presenting two ensembles, Jason Moran and his Big Bandwagon and the Sachal Ensemble, that deal with their specific cultural traditions in ways that on the surface sound…

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