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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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Safia Elhillo’s Poetry Performance

January 24 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet known for her written and spoken poetry. She is the author of The January Children, recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. She is a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and holds an MFA from The New School. Safia Elhillo will be hosting a writing workshop at the Harmony House earlier in the day followed by a poetry performance later…

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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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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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Production | Graduate Repertory 2020

January 30 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WEEKEND 1THU – SAT, JAN 30 – FEB 1 at 8PM | Nitery Theater in Old UnionEach production runs just under 1 hour with a 5 minute transition between projects. “Women in Waiting”Adapted and Directed by Emma Humphris Women in Waiting is a short performance about women’s experience in immigration detention centers in the United Kingdom. The main character, Samia, is a young and pregnant Syrian woman who struggles to get support and medical attention. She finds little relief in…

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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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Vladimir Feltsman

February 5 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Russian Experiment: From Mystical to Avant-Garde  Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman, born in 1952, made his professional debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at 11. Beginning in 1979, as he fought for eight years for an exit visa from the Soviet Union, he was banned from public performance. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1987.  In The Russian Experiment, Feltsman plays works by dissident composers of his homeland, from Alexander Scriabin to the forgotten composers that Scriabin influenced.

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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

February 5 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Back to Back Theatre  Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent. With the rapid development of AI and continuing advances in automation, where does human intelligence fit in? Shadow’s cast consists of five activists with intellectual disabilities, hidden histories, and ambivalent futures. As in all communities, nobody is self-sufficient and everyone is responsible.

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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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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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Catherine Cohen

February 13 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Catherine Cohen is a comedian and actress living in Brooklyn, NY. She hosts a weekly show at Alan Cumming’s new East Village cabaret, CLUB CUMMING as well as the monthly variety show “It’s A Guy Thing,” which was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s “10 Best Alt Comedy Shows in New York City.” Catherine will next be seen in Michael Showalter’s THE LOVEBIRDS for Paramount. She recently wrapped shooting HIGH MAINTENANCE Season 3 for HBO, as well as the final…

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Tender Buttons: Tania Chen, Tom Djll, Gino Robair, and Bill Thibault

February 13 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tender Buttons taps sound worlds of complexity and lush emptiness, using grand piano framed by modular electronics. At times evoking sound worlds reminiscent of early Stockhausen, Cage/Tudor, and new wave bands of the 1980s, the trio interplays compatibly with an intensity wrought from focused concentration – sometimes evoking a meditative “composed” sound world, at other moments setting up impossible musics in side-by-side coexistence, shimmering and translucent. Tender Buttons came together out of a shared passion for the practice of free…

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