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December 2020

CANCELED – ‘Tis the Season with Cameron Carpenter

December 4 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind virtuoso returns to Bing Concert Hall with his International Touring Organ. This time he is joined by a local choir for a program of holiday music drawn from many corners of the choral and organ repertoire, both familiar and surprising. Carpenter’s jaw-dropping talents come together with holiday warmth and singers from our community in this special program.

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First Friday: For Stanford Students

December 4 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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CANCELED – Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great? Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

December 6 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite down-to-earth explainer of all types of music returns to Stanford Live for three performances. In the first part of each performance, Kapilow illustrates key points of the music and its creators. Then, the full piece is performed. To top off the experience, Kapilow and the musicians take part in a lively and in-depth Q&A with the audience. In this presentation, Kapilow dives into beloved Christmas songs—“White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Let It Snow”—all written by Jewish composers.

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Tribute to Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian

December 10 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a celebration in memory of the life and work of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020). We will host some of the foremost masters of classical Iranian music who collaborated with him or were his student. Maestros Rambod Sodeif, Shahram Nazeri, Hossein Alizadeh, Dariush Talai, Mohammadreza Darvishi, Ali Akbar Moradi, and Ms. Fariba Davoodi will each discuss the legacy of Maestro Shajarian and perform a piece in his memory. Stanford’s Iranian Studies Program is grateful to Maestro Nazeri…

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STUCK@HOME, Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert

December 10 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

STUCK@HOME Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert We believe in the power of music to heal and unite, particularly during uncertain times. Join us! Stuck@Home Concert December 10, 2020  5:30PM – 6:30PM (PDT) This event is free and open to the public.  Please register in advance here: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fY69HZDmRYeAxHbmJxTLGw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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CANCELED – A Chanticleer Christmas

December 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

It wouldn’t be the holidays without Chanticleer at Memorial Church. San Francisco’s treasured men’s vocal ensemble creates a new Christmas program each year, activating the church’s gorgeous acoustics to create a feeling of community and serene beauty.

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Cultivating Healthy Self Esteem

December 11 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are often torn between –  ‘Who we aspire to be’ vs ‘who we actually are’.‘How others want to mold us’ vs ‘how we want to naturally grow’‘What makes us feel good about ourselves in the short-term’ vs ‘what makes us good in the long-term’ How can we resolve these tensions by cultivating a healthy sense of self-esteem? Discover a locus of self-worth that goes beyond our net worth. 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Mantra Meditation  7:30 pm – 9:00…

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CANCELED – Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring

December 11 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Chinese dance legend and renowned choreographer Yang Liping—a 2018 judge on So You Think You Can Dance: China—brings her stunning reimagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Stanford. A product of her native Chinese culture intermingled with the Tibetan concept of nature and life, Liping’s Rite of Spring spins an abstract legend of the path of salvation embodied by the sacrificial peacock. Through spectacular set design and exquisite costumes, the production creates a distinctive universe where time, space, and life coexist in endless reincarnation.

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Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!

December 12 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac and his long time collaborators—designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray, and producers Pomegranate Arts—join together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Holiday Sauce…Pandemic! will blend music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love. In a year when so many have lost so much, Mac is here to remind us of the collective power of our chosen families. All ticketbuyers will be invited to a special…

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CANCELED – Pink Martini Holiday Spectacular

December 13 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pound for pound, no other band does what Pink Martini does. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has performed with more than 50 of the world’s great orchestras and recorded nine albums. With the combined power of a dozen musicians, they offer a rollicking mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop. Come break in the holidays with a swingin’ good time at the Bing.

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SJW Saturdays 3

December 19 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Stanford Jazz Workshop’s third and final SJW Saturdays event is on December 19, featuring live online presentations by SJW faculty members Valerie Troutt (Black Women in Jazz), JJ Kirkpatrick (The New Orleans Jazz Trumpet Family Tree), and Jim Nadel (Backstage with Jim Nadel). You’ll love these engaging and informative webcasts, and you also get all-weekend access to pre-recorded video lectures, lessons, panel discussions, and more.

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January 2021

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Branford Marsalis

January 13, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The conductorless ensemble, noted for its unique approach to collective leadership onstage and off, returns to the Bing for the first time since 2014. This time they’re joined by saxophone virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis, one of the world’s most celebrated jazz artists, in a classical turn. The program features Gioachino Rossini, Joaquín Rodrigo, Claude Debussy, and more

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Patti LuPone: Far Away Places

January 15, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Actress and singer Patti LuPone has graced the worlds of theater, film, and television for decades. The two-time Tony winner was the original Evita on Broadway and the original Fantine in London’s Les Misérables. LuPone’s solo shows draw from her mega-selling albums and theatrical appearances to highlight her brilliant vocal power, vivacious storytelling, and commanding stage presence.

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Gong Linna & Bang on a Can All-Stars: Cloud River Mountain

January 21, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Superstar Chinese fusion singer Gong Linna sets new lyrics to centuries-old Chinese melodies backed by the musicians of Bang on a Can. Gong’s husband, German composer Robert Zollitsch (Lao Luo), composes many of the brilliantly staged pieces. In 2010, Linna’s performance of the song “Tan Te” on Chinese national television to billions of viewers made her an overnight sensation, vaulting her to celebrity status. In recent years she has starred on television in China, but she remains largely undiscovered in…

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iskwē: acākosīk

January 23, 2021 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 degrada-tion 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 combine with projected…

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence: Haydn, Alessandrini, and Dvořák

January 24, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Hailed by the New Yorker “not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection,” the acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its fabled partnership with Stanford. The quartet remains a cultural cornerstone of the University, directing the music department’s Chamber Music Program, concertizing at Stanford Live, hosting a popular summer seminar, and running the Emerging String Quartet Program.

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Mariinsky Orchestra

January 31, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Following a dazzling 2017 Bing performance by the Stradivarius Ensemble, we welcome the full Mariinsky Orchestra for the first time. Led by the charismatic Valery Gergiev, and with a history spanning more than 200 years, the Mariinsky is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras. Expect warmth, brilliance, and an unparalleled command of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

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February 2021

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

February 4, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The five-time Grammy-winning choral group from South Africa honors the legacy of late founder Joseph Shabalala as they continue to perform worldwide. From brilliantly harmonized a cappella songs sung in Zulu to traditional English gospel songs such as “This Little Light” and “Amazing Grace,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s spirited work soothes the soul and brings a smile.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale: Lagrime di San Pietro

February 6, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Founded in 1964 by conductor Roger Wagner and now led by Grant Gershon, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is a resident company of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Recognized for its distinctive sound and distinguished repertoire, the choir presents a dramatic staging by Peter Sellars of the late-Renaissance masterpiece by Orlando di Lasso. With each madrigal set to the poetry of Luigi Tansillo (1510–1568), the 75-minute a cappella rendition lays bare the seven stages of grief suffered by St. Peter after…

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Martha Redbone

February 12, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Martha Redbone is an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent. In this intimate performance in the Bing Studio, stories about her life are braided into blues, R&B, soul, and gospel music performed by Redbone and her top-tier jazz and blues band.

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Israeli Chamber Project

February 12, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Current artists-in-residence at Cornell University, the Israeli Chamber Project has emerged as one of the most electrifying ensembles to appear in the past decade, winning worldwide acclaim for its depth and virtuosity. The program incorporates two 20th-century masterworks: Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballet Pulcinella in its cha-mber arrangement and Schoenberg’s haunting vocal work Pierrot Lunaire in a semi-staged version.

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Masses for Troubled Times

February 13, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“In labor, rest; in heat, temperance; in tears, solace.” Georg Muffat’s immense Missa in labore requies, the composer’s only surviving sacred work, beams with expressivity thanks to its extraordinary display of two vocal and three instrumental choirs. This work of grandeur was admired by the onetime owner of the autographed manuscript—Joseph Haydn. Paired with Muffat’s mass, Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, composed amidst troubled Napoleonic times in Austria, nevertheless shines with splendor. Highlighting the pristine voices of Mary Bevan, Roderick Williams, Tim Mead, and James Gilchrist—and the “musical brilliance” of the Philharmonia Chorale—this…

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Small Island Big Song

February 17, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Small Island Big Song is a collective of Indigenous musicians drawn from 16 island nations across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The group blends musical traditions to create a hybrid concert experience and address shared cultural and environmental challenges. 

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Falling for Make Believe: Ryan J. Haddad

February 19, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ryan J. Haddad—the 2020 recipient of the Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award—has harbored a true love for theater since his childhood. When he was five, he created the Haddad Theater for his family to put on plays. As an actor today, Haddad can be seen in popular TV shows such as The Politician, Madame Secretary, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In Falling for Make Believe, Haddad draws on stories from his childhood in a witty, whimsical memoir full of showtunes.

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Omer Quartet

February 21, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Stanford Live continues to support the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s advocacy of young quartets with our annual presentation of the winner of the SLSQ’s Ladd Prize. This year, we are excited to welcome the Omer Quartet, which in a short time has already amassed major chamber music competition prizes and multiple festival and academic residencies. At the Bing, they’ll perform works by Beethoven and Caroline Shaw.

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