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November 2017

Séverine Ballon, cello: Works for cello and multichannel electronics – NEW DATE!

November 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Séverine Ballon‘s work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her research as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument. She studied the cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and in Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. During 2004-05, she was an academist at the Ensemble Modern (Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie). She perfected her contemporary cello…

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Greer Ellison

November 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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Victoria Hanna

November 29 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jerusalem-based Victoria Hanna is known for mesmerizing interpretations of traditional Jewish texts (both Hebrew and Aramaic) that combine traditional Middle Eastern sounds with contemporary genres, such as rap and hip-hop. But it was her first official video single, “Aleph-Bet,” that garnered more than 68,000 views in the first week, signaling that her unique, experimental sound is perhaps going more mainstream. In the Bing Studio, she performs her existing repertoire and new work she is developing at the Magnes Collection of…

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Ancestral Cartographic Rituals (work-in-progress) | James Luna and Denise Uyehara

November 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What happens when Indigenous artists test their DNA? How do their findings confirm, authenticate, or contradict traditional creation stories?  In this new interdisciplinary work-in-progress, award-winning performance artists James Luna and Denise Uyehara investigate “cultural authenticity,” as it relates to Pacific Rim, evolution and migration, and the here and now. Ancestral Cartographic Rituals responds indirectly to current-day tribal DNA testing, incorporating live performance, video and original music which interweaves the past and present, autobiography and cultural identity, with poignancy and humor.…

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University Singers

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singers’ performance of Brahms’ German Requiem, Op. 45, arranged for two pianos. Kumaran Arul and George Barth – both Department of Music faculty – are the collaborative pianists, while soprano Jasmine Ying Miller and baritone Kenneth Goodson are the featured soloists.

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The Wise Women – Free preview for Stanford students, staff, and faculty

November 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women (A Christmas Mystery Fable) explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. Left behind while the Wise Men journey with the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Women instead experience a shared vision of the Holy Mother and Child. Susa’s one-act church opera premiered in 1994; the libretto is by Philip Littell. Students from the Department of Music, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, perform The Wise Women in the glorious…

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PRODUCTION | FOUR: New Dances by Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Alex Ketley, and Ronnie Reddick

November 30 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FOUR: New Dances by Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Alex Ketley, and Ronnie Reddick brings together the original works of TAPS’ four faculty artist-choreographers in a concert of dance, live music, video art, and found objects. Showcasing a range of choreographic styles, movement, and visions, the pieces coalesce into a singular evening of dance that makes the case for movement, each one enacting a premise that originates through the body.  Frank’s dance, with its cool textures, decor, and deceivingly pedestrian objects, investigates…

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December 2017

NOON CONCERT: Piano Studio of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

December 1 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra welcomes its new conductor, Paul Phillips! The SSO opens its 2017-18 season with music from France and Russia, along with a work by the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, a Helsinki native who has lived in Paris since 1982, bridging both musical worlds. Her “oceanic” tone poem, Ciel d’hiver (“Winter Sky”), beautifully complements Debussy’s La Mer. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations, performed by Concerto Competition winner Danna Xue, round out the program. Program Hector…

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CANCELED – Voice Studio of Kathryne Jennings

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This event has been rescheduled on December 3rd.

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The Wise Women

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women (A Christmas Mystery Fable) explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. Left behind while the Wise Men journey with the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Women instead experience a shared vision of the Holy Mother and Child. Susa’s one-act church opera premiered in 1994; the libretto is by Philip Littell. Students from the Department of Music, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, perform The Wise Women in the glorious…

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Mia Farinelli, soprano: Voice Recital – NEW DATE!

December 1 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Mia Farinelli’s program will feature songs and arias. She will be accompanied by Kevin Tang, clarinet, and others to be announced. | Note: This concert has been rescheduled from Nov. 11. Program Mozart: An ChloëKovàcs: Hommage à Manuel de Falla Hahn: À Chloris, L’heure éxquise, and Quand je fus pris au PavillonMozart: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mioSchumann: Three RomancesBellini: Vaga luna che inargentiMoore: Dearest MamaSchubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen

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Betty Buckley

December 1 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage, and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theater actress with her legendary performances in 1776, Cats, and Sunset Boulevard to name a few. It’s no wonder she’s been dubbed the “Voice of Broadway.” At the Bing, the Tony winner will walk us through highlights from Broadway and beyond in her new album Story Songs.

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Fleet Street: Winter Show 2017

December 2 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The time-honored “Winter Show” showcases the wacky antics and mellifluous voices of Stanford’s favorite comedy a cappella group. The performance will feature Fleet Street originals including never-before-heard arrangements, never-before-seen videos and live skits, and a touch of holiday music (with a twist!). The show is family-friendly and fun for people of all backgrounds.

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The Haydn Project

December 2 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Take four musicians, ninety-three string quartets, and the genius of Franz Josef Haydn: Stir vigorously and applaud wildly. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars Ben Simon, Robin Sharp, Julie Kim, and Hannah Addario-Berry are the Haydn Project, launched in September 2013 to boldly go where few quartets have gone before—a journey of exploration into the mostly brilliant, always inventive, enormously engaging ninety-plus string quartets of “Papa” Haydn. This special event will include a short presentation about Haydn by San Francisco Chamber…

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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Fall Concert

December 2 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The ensemble presents a unique blend of traditional and contemporary songs spanning the entire scope of the Afro-Latin genre, mixed together in new and exciting ways. The evening includes songs composed or performed by greats such as Celia Cruz, Sonora Ponceña, Issac Delgado, Rubén Blades, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.  There is something for everyone — American jazz standards, rumba, classic salsa, Cuban timba and Latin jazz — and you will definitely *feel* the rhythm! Directed by Murray Low, the…

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra

December 2 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra welcomes its new conductor, Paul Phillips! The SSO opens its 2017-18 season with music from France and Russia, along with a work by the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, a Helsinki native who has lived in Paris since 1982, bridging both musical worlds. Her “oceanic” tone poem, Ciel d’hiver (“Winter Sky”), beautifully complements Debussy’s La Mer. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations, performed by Concerto Competition winner Danna Xue, round out the program. Program Hector…

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The Wise Women

December 2 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Conrad Susa’s The Wise Women (A Christmas Mystery Fable) explores the Nativity story through the perspective of Three Wise Women. Left behind while the Wise Men journey with the guidance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Wise Women instead experience a shared vision of the Holy Mother and Child. Susa’s one-act church opera premiered in 1994; the libretto is by Philip Littell. Students from the Department of Music, as well as faculty, staff, and community members, perform The Wise Women in the glorious…

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Rolston String Quartet

December 3 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Rising Canadian stars the Rolston Quartet (Luri Lee, violin; Jeffrey Dyrda, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; and Jonathan Lo, cello) came together in Banff in 2013, eventually winning first prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2016. That same year, the ensemble won the John Lad Prize, which brings it to the Stanford Live stage. On the program: works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Canadian composer and educator R. Murray Schafer.

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Voice Studio of Kathryne Jennings

December 3 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Students in Katheryne Jennings’ voice studio present a recital (Program TBA.) This event was rescheduled from December 1st.

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NOON CONCERT: SLSQ Emerging String Quartet Program – Tesla Quartet

December 6 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet — named for the inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla — brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. The Tesla Quartet was recently announced as the winner of this year’s John Lad prize, presented annually by the St. Lawrence String Quartet to exceptional emerging chamber ensembles. “Though free to think and…

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Fall Chamber Music Showcase

December 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ensembles from the Stanford Chamber Music program perform works by Arensky, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.

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Early Music Singers: Music of the Reformation

December 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

William Mahrt directs the Early Music Singers’ program, “Music of the Reformation,” which marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with music by Ludwig Senfl, Johann Walter, Hans Leo Hassler, Michael Praetorius, and Heinrich Schütz.

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The Red Violin

December 8 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Canadian violinist Lara St. John, with the help of members of the Stanford Philharmonia, performs the score at a screening of The Red Violin, an engaging film about an antique instrument made in Cremona, Italy. The story follows this violin’s odyssey from Europe to modern Montreal, tracing its path through four centuries and five countries and bringing ill fortune to all who play it. Can the curse be broken? This film is rated R

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Stanford Flute Ensemble

December 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Karen Van Dyke directs the Stanford Flute Ensemble’s program of works by Bizet, McMichael, Pixinghina, and others.

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Friends of Music Holiday Musicale – NEW TIME!

December 9 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Friends of Music at Stanford present their annual holiday showcase in Memorial Church featuring the Stanford Chamber Chorale, members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and organist Adrienne Kelly Lim. Featured will be Corelli’s beloved Christmas Concerto; seasonal carols by Gjeilo and Rutter; and the choral-orchestral version of Fauré’s haunting Pavane. Adrienne Kelly LimBach, Chorale Prelude on “In dulci jubilo” and more TBA Chamber ChoraleGjeilo: Spotless RoseTraditional, arr. Davies: Christmas is comingRutter: There is a flowerTraditional, arr. Kay: Somerset WassailPierpont,…

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The Hot Sardines’ Holiday Stomp

December 9 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dance ‘til you drop to a yuletide blend of hot jazz, including swinging renditions of classics like The Nutcracker Suite and “White Christmas” and less traditional tunes like Ella Fitzgerald’s “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney.” All this and the Hot Sardines, too, full of the brass and dazzle of their New York home and a year of sold-out engagements. Join us on the dance floor and shimmy your way to the holidays in style.

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Saxophone Choir Concert

December 10 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Sax Choir’s program will freature works by Leroy Anderson, Gustav Holst, and others.

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Selected Shorts

December 10 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Holiday Stories is the theme for Selected Shorts at Stanford University, and the nostalgia of the holidays takes center stage. Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) leads a cast of actors from stage and screen, including Tate Donovan (The Man in the High Castle) and Christina Pickles (Friends, Break a Hip), who will perform tales about returning home, running away, uninvited guests, and unexpected gifts. The program will include stories by Laurie Notaro, Jeanette Winterson, and Kurt Vonnegut.

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Stanford Baroque Soloists: Italy Before Corelli – NEW DATE!

December 11 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Anthony Martin directs the Stanford Baroque Soloists’ program, “Italy Before Corelli,” featuring string music mostly from Venice in the 17th century composed by Castello, Marini, Gabrieli, Rossi, Monteverdi, Farina, and Corelli. Note: This event has been rescheduled from the previously announced date of Dec. 9.

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A Chanticleer Christmas

December 13 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

It wouldn’t be December at Stanford without the annual concert of this beloved a cappella male choir, filling Memorial Church with sound and hearts with joy. Since its 1978 founding in San Francisco by Louis Botto, Chanticleer has toured the world, winning bravos from the capitals of Europe to the greenways of Central Park, where the group has sung alongside the New York Philharmonic. Who knows? Your first visit may launch a family tradition.

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The Klezmatics

December 14 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Woody Guthrie and Hanukkah? Who knew? Almost nobody. But in 1998 his daughter Nora discovered a trove of songs that the celebrated folksinger wrote in the 1940s. The Grammy-winning Klezmatics riff off Guthrie’s original melodies and create new tunes in this unremittingly cheerful fusion of Klezmer music and American sounds.

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Annual Messiah Sing / Play Along – NEW DATE!

December 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This annual “sing and play it yourself” celebration of Handel’s masterwork, conducted by Stephen M. Sano, is a favorite of campus and community! Orchestral parts will be provided, and singers may purchase scores at the door or bring their own.

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An Evening with Brandi Carlile

December 15 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Grammy–nominated singer-songwriter, whose career was launched with the 2007 LP The Story, comes to Stanford with longtime bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth (aka “the Twins”) as part of their winter holiday tour. Carlile’s newest album, Cover Stories, celebrates the 10th anniversary of her breakout album with a few notable “heroes and friends” covering her songs: Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, the Avett Brothers, and the Indigo Girls, to name a few. Proceeds from the album benefit War Child UK.  OPENING…

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Holiday Organ Recital: Robert Huw Morgan

December 17 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, university organist, presents his annual holiday recital. 

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January 2018

NOON CONCERT: Debra Fong, violin, and Lori Lack, piano

January 17, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Department of Music faculty members Debra Fong, violin, and Lori Lack, piano, present a noontime performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”).

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A Jewish Musical Journey with Yanky and Shulem Lemmer

January 31, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Lecture This concert will be followed by a conversation with Mark L. Kligman, Professor and  Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music in Ethnomusicology and Musicology at UCLA. Mark Kligman specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities and various areas of popular Jewish music.  He has published on the liturgical music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn in journals as well as his book, Maqām and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews…

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February 2018

NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Melody Holmes

February 7, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Melody Holmes’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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The Stanford Shakespeare Company Presents: Romeo and Juliet

February 21, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

From forth the fatal loins of these two opposéd jazz clubs, the Stanford Shakespeare Company brings back to life this famous tale of star-crossed lovers. At the Blue Note Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, only to learn that they are mortal enemies. Romeo, abandoning his buddies, jumps the Capulet wall to find Juliet on her balcony, where they exchange proclamations of love and decide to marry. With the help of Friar Laurence and the Nurse,…

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Family Weekend Concert

February 23, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy a free concert and experience the acoustics of Stanford’s state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall. Learn more about the hall and Stanford Live.

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NOON CONCERT: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh

February 23, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Harpsichord students of Elaine Thornburgh will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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Stanford Philharmonia

February 24, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lyric for Strings, George Walker’s best-known work, opens this Philharmonia program conducted by Paul Phillips. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and is often dubbed the dean of African-American composers. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, a milestone of 20th-century music by Béla Bartók, follows, and Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to end the program. Program – George Walker: Lyric for Strings– Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta–…

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Stanford Philharmonia

February 25, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Lyric for Strings, George Walker’s best-known work, opens this Philharmonia program conducted by Paul Phillips. Walker, now 95 years old, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and is often dubbed the dean of African-American composers. Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, a milestone of 20th-century music by Béla Bartók, follows, and Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to end the program. Program – George Walker: Lyric for Strings– Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta–…

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Greer Ellison

February 28, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Greer Ellison’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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March 2018

NOON CONCERT: Voice Students of Nova Jiménez

March 2, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Voice students from Nova Jiménez’s studio perform in this noon-time recital. (Program TBA.)

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NOON CONCERT: Cello Students of Stephen Harrison

March 7, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cello students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.)

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NOON CONCERT: Piano Studio of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

March 9, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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April 2018

Sundays with the St. Lawrence

April 29, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Returning to its roots, the St. Lawrence performs music by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, in addition to Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, op. 33, no. 3, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Opus 15 Piano Quintet with longtime collaborator Stephen Prutsman.

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May 2018

NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Melody Holmes

May 16, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Melody Holmes’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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NOON CONCERT: Cello Students of Stephen Harrison

May 23, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cello students are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.)

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NOON CONCERT: Flute Students of Greer Ellison

May 30, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Flute students from Greer Ellison’s studio are featured in this noontime concert. (Program TBA.) 

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June 2018

NOON CONCERT: Piano Studio of George Barth and Kumaran Arul

June 1, 2018 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Piano students of George Barth and Kumaran Arul will be featured in this noontime recital. (Program TBA.) 

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