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 students take master class with L.A. Dance Project’s David Adrian Freeland Jr.

On Jan. 25, L.A. Dance Project’s David Adrian Freeland Jr. taught a master class for students at Roble Gym. Stanford Live sponsored the class and presented the company at Memorial Auditorium on Jan. 26 and 27. After a warmup based in Horton technique, the dancers moved across the floor with small jumps. Freeland taught a…

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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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What happened when Shelley Correll interviewed Samantha Bee

Shelley Correll interviews Samantha Bee at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium as a part of Stanford Live’s 2017-18 season event.

There was a full house in Memorial Auditorium when sociologist SHELLEY CORRELL interviewed America’s “first lady of late night,” SAMANTHA BEE. The Nov. 10 event, part of STANFORD LIVE’s 2017-18 season, was also a celebratory nod to Canada’s 150th anniversary. Bee, a Canadian who recently became an American citizen, offered her perspective on American politics and culture under the questioning of…

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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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Taylor Mac brings students behind the scenes and thrusts them into performance

Through Stanford’s Arts Intensive, seven students helped bring to life a dynamic play by acclaimed performance artist Taylor Mac.

Research the cultural history of the United States. Select costume materials at a fabric shop in San Francisco. Inflate 2,000 pink balloons. So went a typical day in the life of an Arts Intensive student involved in Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, an elaborate work of performance art that was a finalist for…

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20.8% of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows were Stanford guest artists within the last year

Stanford congratulates the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winners who recently spent time on campus engaging with students, faculty and the public. Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY, whose work tells elaborate and delicate stories of her life, was in conversation with Jodi Roberts, the Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator for Modern and…

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Fall quarter guest artists

See who is on campus this fall.

One of the ways that Stanford is creating opportunities for meaningful engagement with the arts for students and the university community is by inviting over 100 artists each year to campus to create, perform and discuss their work. This fall quarter the roster of guest artists includes comedian and political commentator Samantha Bee in conversation…

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Stanford Live celebrates Canada Day as part of its Summer Series at Bing Concert Hall

Canadian artists Jenn Grant, David Myles, Wendy MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivray, Còig and the St. Lawrence String Quartet perform.

Summer is upon us, but that doesn’t mean the arts are going on vacation. Many Stanford concerts, performances and events are scheduled on campus in the coming months, including the Stanford Jazz Festival, Stanford Repertory Theater‘s summer festival, “The Many Faces of Farce,” Department of Music and Stanford Live performances at Bing Concert Hall, starting…

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Stanford Live features world-class artists, integrates them into campus life

When the Danish String Quartet visited campus this past October, the members didn’t simply drop in for a public performance of Wallin, Janácek and Beethoven at Bing Concert Hall and head home. They also joined in a chamber music reading session with students and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford’s ensemble-in-residence. “They all read together…

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Stanford alum returns to campus as visiting artist to explore connections between his art and other disciplines

Sculptor Will Clift creates multiple intersections with a range of disciplines, including dance and music in a multimedia production in Bing Concert Hall’s Gunn Atrium.

When artist Will Clift, BS ’02, MS ’03, was at Stanford, his course load included classes on nearly everything but making art. As an undergraduate he majored in integrative design, an individually designed program that combined engineering, philosophy and psychology. He then earned a master’s degree in management science and engineering. With the exception of…

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Stanford arts leadership capitalizes on Arts Initiative momentum

Harry Elam and Matthew Tiews are taking the arts to the next level.

When Harry J. Elam Jr. began his career at Stanford 26 years ago in the Department of Drama, as it was known then, the Dance Division had not yet joined the department, Roble Gymnasium was still an athletics facility and the arts district was years away from conception. His office in Memorial Auditorium was literally…

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Harry Elam appointed vice president for the arts and senior vice provost for education

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford since 2010, has been appointed to two additional key leadership roles in the Office of the President and Provost. He will now oversee the non-departmental arts programs as well as direct and coordinate critical efforts in education, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost-designate Persis Drell announced Monday.…

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Islamic Voices: Music of the Arab Spring

Music directly fueled the outbreak of the Arab Spring protests, which began in late 2010 in the streets of Tunisia and then spilled over into Egypt and spread across the Middle East and North Africa. As these protests and demonstrations of dissatisfaction with local governments were met with violent repression, revolutionaries responded with unparalleled forms…

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