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August 2021

An Evening with Gregory Porter with Marcus Shelby Quintet featuring Tiffany Austin

August 5 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Backed by the Marcus Shelby Quintet, vocalist Tiffany Austin opens before Grammy-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter takes the stage in an evening that will embrace the ranging styles and influences of each artist, from Porter’s gospel-infused baritone voice to Austin’s blues and jazz movement to Shelby’s exploration of history through music. Two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter found his voice both by singing in church and by studying her Nat King Cole records at home. His sixth studio album, All Rise, marks a return…

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Pedro Lopes: Livestream from Chicago

August 6 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

CCRMA Live presents a livestream concert with Pedro Lopes performing turntable percussion, cymbals, and modified needles in Chicago, IL. Pedro Lopes is a turntablist metamorphosed into a percussionist. When playing live, he deconstructs his instrument, the turntable, into a vehicle of a rapid, post-scratch, and post-jazz — a musical dialog of analog intonation and acoustic overtones.  In Pedro’s music, the needles do not merely amplify the vibrations stored in the grooves of the vinyl records. For him, the needles are microscopes that enable us…

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Xian Zhang Conducts the SF Symphony

August 7 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The partnership between Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony that began in 2019 with the opening of the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater continues this summer with Saturday evening performances led by a variety of guest conductors.    Xian Zhang, who made her professional debut conducting Le nozze di Figaro at the Central Opera House in Beijing at the age of twenty, currently serves as the music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. At Frost she conducts the SF Symphony in…

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August 17 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Thomas Schultz performs a solo piano recital to launch this year’s Summer Piano Seminar. This program will include works by Bach/Busoni, Busoni, Na, and Rzewski. Athough Campbell Recital Hall is not open to the public at this time, this recital will be livestreamed. (A link to the livestream will be announced soon.)

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August 19 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Thomas Schultz Summer Piano Seminar presents three Participants Concerts in Campbell Recital Hall featuring students performing works they have studied during the seminar. Athough Campbell Recital Hall is not open to the public at this time, these concerts will be livestreamed for all who wish to see them. (Links to the livestreams will be announced soon.) Programs Thursday: Adrian Liu, Kevin Sun, and Roger Xia perform music of Chopin, Na, and Schubert Friday: Leslie Jin, David Lee, Lina Lee,…

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Not Our First Goat Rodeo

August 20 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An astounding group of virtuosos – Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin — reunite live for the first time in nearly a decade. Joined by featured vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, the lively talents of these exceptional artists come together on stage to create a singular sound that’s part composed, part improvised, and uniquely American — music so complex to pull off that the group likens it to a goat rodeo,…

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The No One’s Rose

August 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In partnership with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and Stanford Live, PBO brings the world premiere of a powerful production featuring new music by 2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin. The No One’s Rose has at its center the poetry of the poetry of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jorie Graham and 20th century poet and Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, both of whom ask a difficult question in their work: What can be recovered after a whole world disappears? AMOC and PBO’s…

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September 2021


September 29 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A Juno Award-nominated electro-pop artist, iskwē, which translates to “blue sky woman,” spotlights the importance and plight of Indigenous peoples and territories in Canada. Her command of music styles includes jazz, R&B, industrial pop-rock, post-rock, and trip-hop. Centuries of historic injustice, systemic racism, and environmental degradation fuel her powerful lyrics. The Bing Studio will be transformed into a visual installation to be experienced prior to the concert. Then, in the concert hall, indigenous instrumentation and vocalizations will merge with projected video…

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October 2021

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

October 23 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns to Frost Amphitheater for their 2021 tour. The Grateful Dead played at Frost Amphitheater 14 times in the 80s, and its fitting that their tribute band continues the tradition. “Not only does this quintet play tight and vicious versions of some of the most complex songs in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, but they play them with a rawness & energy absent from the stage since the ‘Live’ Dead era.” —Scott Bernstein, Jambase

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