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February 2021

CANCELED – Mother to Mother: Reconciliation and Remembrance

February 27 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Featuring a soprano solo, string quartet, and texts read by Stanford students, this performance is a reflection on the story of Amy Biehl (1967–93), a Stanford undergraduate alumna and Fulbright Scholar who died in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic election. A newly commissioned piece by distinguished South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen anchors a program that explores heartfelt responses to tragedy and urgently seeks ways forward.

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The Voice Studio of Wendy Hillhouse: Songs by Florence Price and Robert Owens

February 28

In honor of Black History Month, the recital “Songs by Florence Price and Robert Owens” features the voice students of Wendy Hillhouse performing works composed by these two groundbreaking Black composers. The songs being presented include poetry by Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and others. Robert Owens was an expatriate composer and concert pianist who relocated to Europe in the 1950s to freely pursue his music career. For over fifty years Mr. Owens resided in Munich, Germany. His song cycles…

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

February 28 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CCRMA Live’s Quarantine Sessions continue! The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in…

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CANCELED – Joyce DiDonato: Songplay

February 28 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Soprano Joyce DiDonato is not only one of the finest singers in the world of opera, but one of its most theatrical and imaginative. In this cabaret-style recital, DiDonato and pianist Craig Terry are joined by an all-star jazz group. They perform the standard lesson repertoire for beginning singers (24 Italian Songs and Arias), reimagining each song in the manner of a jazz standard. DiDonato takes a playful look at the arduous process of classical vocal training while illuminating the…

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March 2021

CANCELED – Kronos Quartet: A Thousand Thoughts

March 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini teamed up with Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with prominent artists such as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley. Together on stage, Green and Kronos interact with the stirring cinematic imagery to craft an important record and exploration of late 20th and early 21st century music. Transcending the typical live music and film…

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Arts+Tech Showcase

March 6 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) and Stanford Arts for a two-day special public showcase event, featuring work and conversations with nine diverse Stanford artists, faculty, and practitioners working at the emerging intersections of Art and Technology. Moderated by Professors Michele Elam and Camille Utterback, this exciting public showcase explores the many ways in which art and technology are informing new and powerful ways to approach the other, as well as critical topics of our time– including representation, voice, wellness, community, power,…

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

March 7 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CCRMA Live’s Quarantine Sessions continue! The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in…

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Ron Alexander Memorial Lectures in Musicology: Alex Ross

March 8 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In this free discussion, Alex Ross (The New Yorker) will present “Wagnerian Double Consciousness: Black and Jewish Wagnerites at the Fin de Siècle“. Zoom | Password: 829748 Alex Ross has been the music critic at The New Yorker since 1996. He writes about classical music, covering the field from the Metropolitan Opera to the contemporary avant-garde, and has also contributed essays on literature, history, the visual arts, film, and ecology. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a cultural history of…

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Be Steadwell Artist Talk

March 10 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Be Steadwell is a musician, filmmaker, storyteller from Washington DC.  In their live performances, Be utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.  Be’s original music features earnest lyricism, and ​affirming LGBTQ content.  Be’s goal as a musician is to make other black girls, queers, introverts and generally marginalized weirdos feel seen and loved. With a BA from Oberlin College ​and an ​MFA in film ​from ​Howard University​, Be’s love for music expands into filmmaking​. …

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CANCELED – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Classic Podger with violinist Rachel Podger

March 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Star violinist Rachel Podger makes her long-awaited return to the Bay Area as she extends beyond the baroque with PBO for the first time! In a program of Haydn and Mozart, Rachel takes audiences on a voyage through the stormy seas of Sturm und Drang. In between the tempestuous Symphony No. 39 of Haydn and the little G minor symphony by Mozart, the prodigy of Salzburg, Podger displays her virtuosity in dazzling violin concertos by each composer, wielding her violin…

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The Forgotten Kingdom: Sand Stories

March 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a virtual presentation of “The Forgotten Kingdom: Sand Stories”, a special collaboration between sand artist Kseniya Simonova & Guy Mendilow Ensemble, followed by a live discussion with the artists. History and emotionality collide as The Forgotten Kingdom’s theatrically projected sand animation, riveting musical score, and radio-theatre stories bring to life a travelogue of an unraveling, multi-ethnic Ottoman world, as glimpsed through Ottoman Sephardi women’s songs and tales. More information about “The Forgotten Kingdom: Sand Stories” Live stream…

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CANCELED – Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?: Verklärte Nacht with the St. Lawrence String Quartet

March 11 7:00 pm - 8:30 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 intimate Bing Studio presentation, Kapilow breaks down Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and is joined by Stanford’s St. Lawrence String Quartet for a performance of…

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CANCELED – Taimane

March 11 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Known from the age of 13 for her prodigious skills, Hawaiian ukulele player Taimane’s cross-genre works range in expression from fierce to mysterious to meditative. Shades of classical, rock, and flamenco music color her rich compositions and provide a broad platform for Taimane’s uncanny control and creativity. An intensely magnetic performer, her latest album, Elemental (2018), presents the artist’s otherworldly vision of the classical elements: water, fire, air, earth, and ether. 

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Friends of Music Scholarship Recital

March 13 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford Music students receiving scholarships from the Friends of Music in support of their lessons perform in this pre-recorded recital for their patrons and the public. The repertoire will include works by J.S. Bach, Alexander Scriabin, Leonard Bernstein, Olivier Messiaen, W.A. Mozart, and others. The Friends of Music Scholarship Recital can be viewed here during March 13-27.

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CANCELED – Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?: Mozart Requiem with Stanford Chamber Chorale and guest orchestra

March 13 7:30 pm - 9:30 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 performance, Kapilow discusses Mozart’s Requiem, which will be performed by the Stanford Chamber Chorale and a guest orchestra.

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Quarantine Sessions: A Distributed Electroacoustic Network Improvisation

March 14 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CCRMA Live’s Quarantine Sessions continue! The Coronavirus Crisis has changed our lives, and we are in the midst of a long period without concerts as we knew them. In addition to the problem of large audiences, the regulations also make it “virtually” impossible for musicians to get together, rehearse, or perform. However, many technologies and solutions are available, helping us to find new ways of collaborating and transporting our work to audiences. We have been programming, testing, and rehearsing in…

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CANCELED – Gil Shaham, violin and Akira Eguchi, piano

March 14 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Lauded by the New York Times as “one of today’s preeminent violinists,” Grammy Award–winning Gil Shaham is a spirited master of violin. He shares the stage at the Bing with his longtime duo partner, pianist Akira Eguchi, performing a program that includes Dvorak’s 4 Romantic Pieces, Sonatina, and Sonata, and Schumann’s Four Romances.

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The Shelter of Community: Loss, Longing, and Resilience

March 15 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A service to mark our one year of sheltering in place with readings, prayers, music, and community reflection. RSVP to join on Zoom

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CANCELED – Bessie, Billie, Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz

March 20 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A power trio of vocalists backed by an all-female band pays tribute to a flagship of civil rights progress that was launched by the formative work of three 20th-century African American women jazz artists. The anthemic songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone defied social norms and today continue to inspire a generational movement for greater equality and selfempowerment for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.

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CANCELED – Brooklyn Rider: Healing Modes

March 31 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Inspired by the healing force of music, the acclaimed string quartet’s newest project moves with life-affirming vibrancy. Five composers—Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun—were commissioned to create new works based on themes of health, acceptance, and recovery. As the concert’s centerpiece, the quartet will also perform the slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, “A Song of Holy Thanksgiving.”

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April 2021

CANCELED – Soliloquy: Telemann Solo Fantasias: Genevieve Lacey, recorder

April 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In this 60-minute, meditative, interactive music-dance ritual, recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey weaves a profoundly moving sound-and-motion tapestry. Seven minutes into her performance of Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias for Solo, dancers will rise to join Lacey on stage. Individual voices—soliloquy—dissolve as the intermingled bodies and Lacey become a chorus celebrating sublime, illuminated community.

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CANCELED – Abdullah Ibrahim

April 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The godfather of South African jazz and a 2019 NEA Jazz Master, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim brings irresistibly swinging grooves and a deeply spiritual quality to his playing.

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CANCELED – Australian Chamber Orchestra

April 11 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

One of the world’s most dynamic chamber ensembles, the ACO thrills in every performance. The players bring their energetic virtuosity to repertoire old and new, and play with a visible sense of shared communication with each other and the audience. For their Stanford Live residency, they’ll perform works by Eric Avery, Peter Sculthorpe, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Andrew Norman, and a new commission by Samuel Adams.

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CANCELED – ACO Underground

April 12 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Known for blurring the boundaries between classical and contemporary pop music, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO Underground brings their shape-shifting performance to the Bing Studio. Past programs have included electrifying film-noir reimaginings of Johann Sebastian Bach, Bryce Dessner, Nick Drake, and Nine Inch Nails in an experience meant to remove music barriers.

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CANCELED – Silkroad Ensemble: Home Within

April 14 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, a longtime member of the ensemble, and Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad have created an impressionistic multimedia reflection on the Syrian uprising of 2011 and its aftermath. Joined by half a dozen Silkroad artists, their work reflects a sense of sustained urgency and continued hope for their homeland and commu-nities around the world. The experience includes engagement programs that invite audiences to share in the process of exploring tragedy and hope through multiple…

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