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January 2020

One Touch of Venus

January 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Department of Music presents a fully staged production of One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ogden Nash and book by S.J. Perelman and Nash. Based on the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie, Weill’s 1941 musical fantasy tells of an ancient statue of Venus that comes to life. When modern humans fall in love with her, complications ensue. | These performances are funded in part by the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund…

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Sonja Johnson-Yu, soprano: Senior Recital

January 24 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Soprano Sonja Johnson-Yu presents her senior recital of works by Schumann, Handel, and Duke with accompanist Su Mi Park, piano. | Program TBA Admission Info Free

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New Dimensionality: An Audiovisual Student Showcase

January 25 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A collaboration between ArtX, CCRMA, and Vibes & Vino, this experimental audiovisual student showcase features live music performance combined with visual works, pushing the boundaries of medium and performance: live synthesized beatboxing, sensory engagement with the SF Bay tidal record, and an entombed and distorted Alexa… all this and even more! Schedule Saturday: exhibits 7:00-11:00 PMperformances 8:00-10:00 PM Sunday: exhibits 2:00-5:00 PMworkshops 3:00-5:00 PM Admission Info Free

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January 25 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Film with Live Score: Jason Moran & Marvin Sewell  The 2014 Oscar-winning movie—starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and Tessa Thompson—tells the story of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Protesting segregationist repression and led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and now-U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA.), it helped lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. Jazz pianist Jason Moran joins the Wordless Music Orchestra to provide the film with a live score.

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Film Screening: Silenced: Composers in Revolutionary Russia

January 28 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The second part of the three-part documentary series “Music, War and Revolution” is dedicated to Russian composers of the late teens and early ’20s of the last century. The former “young wild ones,” composers such as Arthur Lourié, Nikolai Roslawets, Alexander Mosolov as well as Vladimir Deshevov and Lev Termen remain to this day relatively and unjustly unknown and their lives have remained largely unexplored. However, this generation injected life into the musical world of that time, greatly leaving their mark.…

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A Conversation with Laurie Anderson and Jim Campbell

January 28 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known for her multimedia presentations and recognized worldwide for her ground-breaking use of technology in the arts, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. At the Bing, Anderson will present her work, The Art of Falling. Contemporary artist Jim Campbell uses technology to filter images of daily life, mediating the audience’s encounter with his subjects and amplifying the…

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Laurie Anderson

January 29 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Art of Falling  Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most reknowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Known for her multimedia presentations and recognized worldwide for her ground-breaking use of technology in the arts, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. At the Bing, Anderson will present her work, The Art of Falling.

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Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, with special guest the Stanford Chamber Chorale

January 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, presents an exciting and diverse program of choral artistry featuring Frank Ferko’s American Folksongs plus works by Tallis, Byrd, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Whitacre, McDonald, and others. The Stanford Chamber Chorale will join them to present two works collaboratively. Choir of Trinity College, MelbourneChristopher Watson, Director Stanford Chamber ChoraleStephen M. Sano, Director Admission Info Free

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The Lord of the Bings: The Return of the Bing

January 31 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for two different evening programs of multichannel immersive music and soundscapes at Bing Concert Hall Studio. We will deploy our GRAIL sound system for a selection of pieces from CCRMA and around Middle-earth. Programs TBA. Admission Info Free | Tickets available at the door beginning one hour before curtain.

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NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic

January 31 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

with Bomsori Kim, violin  Acclaimed violin virtuoso Bomsori Kim joins Poland’s NFM (National Forum of Music) Wroclaw Philharmonic under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero. The Wroclaw Philharmonic has a long history with storied composers, having hosted Brahms, Mahler, and Wagner in years past. In addition to the classical repertoire, the orchestra performs Polish music, jazz, and music of the avant-garde.

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Kevin Lee Sun, piano: To the Touch

January 31 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Kevin Lee Sun (B.A.S., ’15) presents his solo piano recital, “To the Touch”. Sun holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he served as Piano Department Assistant. He is now a third-year medical student at Stanford, studying piano with Thomas Schultz. | Pre-recital lecture by Lawrence Chiou at 7 PM Program J.S. Bach: Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910 Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 845 Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Busoni: Toccata, BV…

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Concert: Secret Tale of the Tanbour

January 31 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Concert by acclaimed musician Ali Akbar Moradi, joined by Arash Moradi, Kourosh Moradi, and Mehdi Bagheri *Please note: This concert is free and open to the public, no ticket or RSVP are required. Seating is limited and first come first serve. Doors will open at 7:30 PM.  Ali Akbar Moradi began playing the tanbour at the age of seven and learned not only the music but the Kurdish maqam repertoire. He has won awards, recorded several albums, and performed in…

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February 2020

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

February 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Orlando Consort  Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent movie masterpiece has had many musical accompaniments, from its original score by Victor Alix and Leo Pouget to Nick Cave and Johann Sebastian Bach. Now comes the superb Orlando Consort, the early-music British quartet, singing Guillaume Dufay’s chanson with lyrics by Christine de Pizan, whose poem about Joan of Arc (1412-1431) dates to 1429. Like the voices counseling the French saint, it is a cappella—without musical accompaniment.

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Melody Holmes

February 5 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Melody Holmes’s studio are featured in this noontime concert.  Admission Info Free

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Workshop: Rhythm in the Early Stages of Persian Poetry

February 6 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Classical Persian poetry evokes the names of august figures like Hafiz, Rumi, and Sa’di. However, the origins of the rhythm and language of this era are more complex. In this workshop, Mohsen Namjoo and Yahya Alkhansa focus on the technical aspects of the language and the concept of rhythm in the formation of early Persian poetry—known as the Khorasani School. *Workshop is in Persian/Farsi Mohsen Namjoo was born in 1976 in Khorasan province, one of epicenters of poetry and music…

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there is no Other: musical routes to racial justice | 15th Annual Anne and Loren Kieve Lecture

February 6 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Stanford Live for the 15th Annual Anne and Loren Kieve Distinguished Lecture and Demonstration with multi-instrumentalist and musicologist Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is a founding member of the Grammy-winning American roots band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a 2017 MacArthur Genius Award recipient and a regular on CMT’s Nashville. Giddens’ brilliant work traces the 19th century evolution of the banjo from its West African origins and its subsequent travels among…

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DJ Lynnée Denise Presents:  Black To Techno and the Black Music 80’s

February 6 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 A Public conversation and performative lecture

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NOON CONCERT: Seunghee Lee, haegeum

February 7 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Seunghee Lee, haegeum (a traditional Korean string instrument), plays new Korean music by Hyo-shin Na, old Korean music (traditional works), and Haegeum Sanjo. Admission Info Free

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Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

February 7 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A chance encounter brought them together: the brilliant fiddler and blue-grass virtuoso Rhiannon Giddens, and Italian jazz piano and percussion master Francesco Turrisi. After meeting in Italy, they found they shared folk traditions reaching back to American minstrelsy and the Sicilian tarantella—and even farther, to Africa and the Middle East. Now, Giddens and Turrisi explore their cultural crossovers in this vivacious concert at the Bing.

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Aleksander Gabrys: New Works by Graduate Composers

February 7 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Aleksander Gabryś performs new works by Stanford graduate composers. | Program TBA Admission Info Free

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

February 7 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night out at the Cantor on the First Friday of the month during the academic year, with evenings full of art-making, music, and special performances. This program is organized by the Cantor Arts Center and made possible through the generous support of the Joan and John Jay Corley Fund for Performance, the Kenneth D. Brenner family Fund for Student Outreach, and the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Fund for Education. Admission Info FREE

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Wooden Fish Ensemble

February 8 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Wooden Fish Ensemble performs the music of Frederic Rzewski and Hyo-shin Na, as well as Korean folk songs. Wooden Fish Ensemble Thomas Schultz, piano Hyo-shin Na, composer Ilana Blumberg, violin Shoko Hikage, koto Seunghee Lee, haegeum Narae Kwon, kayageum 

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Themes and Variations: Selected Chamber Music Works of Lenny Carlson

February 9 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Since 2007, Lenny Carlson has been presenting concerts of his music at Stanford performed by various musicians and ensembles. In fact, Frederick Harris played Carlson’s six-movement composition for solo piano, Earth Tones, in 2010 at Campbell Recital Hall. Frederick Harris and Andrew “Endika” Currier are true virtuosi. They have made music together in the past, and their wonderful rapport is evident in the brilliant notes they charm and coax out of their respective instruments. This program will premiere two compositions: Thumb…

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Harlem Quartet

February 9 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Harlem Quartet has moved rapidly forward since its 2006 Carnegie Hall debut, touring worldwide. Departing from the classical string quartet, it embraces jazz, Latin, and contemporary works, particularly by minority com-posers. The quartet has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Chick Corea, Misha Dichter, and Carter Brey. Its members are violinist Ilmar Gavilan of Havana, American violinist Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador of Puerto Rico, and American cellist Felix Umansky. At the Bing, the quartet will perform works…

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

February 12 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Well-Caffeinated Clavier with Music Director Designate Richard Egarr  Imagine being in Leipzig, in Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse, and watching Bach himself perform the “Coffee Cantata” while enjoying your favorite latte. Richard Egarr pairs this lighthearted vocal work with some of Bach’s grandest instrumental music. Joined by the extraordinary talents of Nola Richardson, James Reese, and Cody Quattlebaum—all rising stars out of Yale or Juilliard voice programs—Eggar concocts another powerful brew of Bach’s brilliant music from the bench of the harpsichord. Richard Egarr,…

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