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September 2017

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

September 27 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Taylor Mac is the American theater’s most beloved maximalist. Creating extravagant performances with jester-like charm, Mac’s work reflects the vast mosaic of the American imagination. With Mac as our puckish guide, join us for an abridged version of his epic 24-hour performance art concert, which decodes the social history of the United States—all 240 years and counting—through popular songs ranging from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to disco. The show is a dazzling, community-building experience that reflects our nation’s diverse and sometimes…

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Collision Stories

September 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us as we start off the new academic year with some high volume electronics courtesy of Collision Stories, a four-piece abstract sound brigade based in San Francisco, CA. Its members are Jorge Bachmann, Bryan Day, Michael Gendreau, and Mason Jones. Instruments may include analog and digital synthesizers, guitar, bass, turntables, percussion, theremin, and handmade sound machines. The four members came together after having encountered each other over a number of years, crossing paths here and there as they wove…

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October 2017

Robin Sharp, violin, and Lori Lack, piano

October 1 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Music faculty violin lecturer Robin Sharp is joined by pianist Lori Lack for this recital of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Poulenc, and Schumann.

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale

October 4 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale reveals a groundbreaking new work by Scottish composer Sally Beamish with libretto by David Harsent. The Passion According to Judas, loosely based on the Gnostic texts, offers a different perspective on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayer: from Judas’ sin to forgiveness and redemption.

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Saint Michael Trio featuring Robin Sharp, violin: Delineating Dvořák

October 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Russell Hancock, Michel Flexer, and Department of Music Lecturer Robin Sharp, violin, are the Saint Michael Trio. The genius of Czech master Antonín Dvořák is explored in this “informance” utilizing slides, demonstrations, and extensive commentary. Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65, will be featured.

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Mads Tolling & The Mads Men

October 6 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Two-time Grammy Award winner Mads Tolling is celebrating the music of the 1960s “Mad Men” era with his own distinctive style and innovative flair. It was listening to Miles Davis that first introduced the young violinist to the ‘60s sounds of jazz, soul, and early R&B. Inspired to explore his own creative voice, the result is an exhilarating and thrilling musical adventure. Also joining Mads is guest vocalist Kenny Washington.

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Perla Batalla: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

October 7 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As a touring band member with the legendary Leonard Cohen, Perla Batalla knew there was much of Cohen’s body of work she still wanted to perform and record. And it was his passing in November 2016 that reaffirmed Batalla’s mission of sharing the lesser-known songs of Canada’s poet laureate. At the Bing, she’ll reveal the timelessness of Cohen’s art, to convey her sincere respect and deep love for the music, the poetry, and most of all for her dear friend,…

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Thomas Schultz, piano

October 8 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford piano faculty Thomas Schultz presents a solo piano recital. Program Franz Schubert: Sonata in B-flat, D.960Franz Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie, D.760Hyo-shin Na: Variations

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What Makes It Great? featuring The American Quartet

October 11 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The revered and longtime Stanford University-resident St. Lawrence String Quartet joins Rob Kapilow to explore and appreciate Antonín Dvořák’s American Quartet, perhaps his most popular work. Formally titled Quartet No. 12 in F, it was written in 1893, when the composer was summering in Spillville, Iowa, an emigrant Czech community. It was the second piece he wrote in America; his first was the New World Symphony. This event is part of What Makes it Great?, a three performance series that includes Kapilow’s…

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American Brass Quintet

October 15 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Created in 1970, the venerable quintet hailed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass” pays its first visit to the Bing with a program devoted to the early days of the American republic. The quintet has dedicated itself to music originally written for brass, also commissioning new chamber works. American Brass is in residence at the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. 

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A Brimful of Asha

October 18 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Culture clash, Canadian-style, comes to life in A Brimful of Asha, a two-person play written by and starring mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain. The story is about a first-generation twentysomething who wants to connect with his Indian heritage—but not necessarily all of it. How will his family handle the conflict? A Brimful of Asha’s warm and complex story has captivated audiences throughout North America. 

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Performance: The On Hold Music Dance Party

October 19 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for dancing after hours at Cantor Arts Center. The On Hold Music Dance Party, a concept invented by artist Nina Katchadourian, is a dance party consisting of music and other sounds recorded entirely from phone calls where she was placed on hold. Collaborating with DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) and DJ Stylus (Gabriel Willow), Katchadourian (DJ Dusty) spins this raw material into a surprisingly dynamic and extremely danceable set. The On Hold Music Dance Party  will be performed from 9…

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Andrew Bird

October 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dubbed a “one-man orchestra of the imagination” by TED, Chicago-born Andrew Bird is a multi-instrumentalist who pays equal attention to his violin and guitar onstage, and an arcane lyricist who whistles full solos with blithe, perfect clarity. His recent collaborations include artists like St. Vincent, Fiona Apple, Blake Mills, and more. Before he became the indie-folk star he is today, Bird studied classical violin at Northwestern University’s prestigious school of music. Since releasing his first album in 1996, he has…

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SFJAZZ Collective

October 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Founded in 2004 in San Francisco, this award-winning octet celebrates legendary jazz artists by performing their masterworks and by creating new music expanding on those influences. This year it’s Miles Davis’ turn. The octet—Miguel Zenón, alto sax; David Sánchez, tenor sax; Warren Wolf, vibraphone; Sean Jones, trumpet; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Edward Simon, piano; Matt Penman, bass; and Obed Calvaire, drums—explores the Miles of myth and reality and his blues/jazz connections.

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Mariza

October 25 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Three friends, three talents, one music. Mariza returns to the Bing with friends Jorge Fernando and Custódio Castelo to transform the studio into a Portuguese tavern with her latest project “Raizes” (“roots”). Of both Portuguese and African descent, Mariza has come to be known as the embodiment of modern fado, Lisbon’s emotion-filled folk music. Her soulful voice expresses the essence of this melancholy art form, a song style dating back to the early 19th century and imbued with themes of…

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NOON CONCERT: Brass Students of McDowell Kenley

October 27 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Brass students are featured in this noontime recital (Program TBA.) 

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Halloween Concert: Stanford Wind Symphony and Stanford Symphony Orchestra

October 27 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The annual Halloween Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Symphony will include music from Game of Thrones and Hamilton, as well as selections by John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and others. Plus, the ever-popular Costume Competition, making this a concert you won’t want to miss!

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Until the Lions

October 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan brings the full range of his artistry to bear in his newest work, Until the Lions, based on the ancient epic Mahabharata, using both Indian kathak and modern dance in a tale of transformation and justice exacted by a bride wronged on her wedding day. Rianto, a dancer personally selected by Akram Khan to take on the lead role, performs with two female dancers and four musicians to tell the bride’s story in a powerful departure…

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The Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra

October 29 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Mariinsky Orchestra’s Stradivarius Ensemble, an elite group of string musicians led by conductor extraordinaire Valery Gergiev, plays on priceless period instruments (like the one played by the famous cellist Pablo Casals). Young virtuoso Behzod Abduraimov, acclaimed for the precision, tenderness, and fire of his interpretations, will play Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the bill: Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen, and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

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November 2017

NOON CONCERT: Cello Students of Stephen Harrison

November 1 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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

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Jenny Q Chai

November 2 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai. An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” – New…

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Shenson Recital Series: Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano, and Brent Funderburk, piano – “Words to Love and Live By”

November 5 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Program: Zilcher, Honegger, Copland, Wolf, Ives, and Bolcom Naomi Louisa O’Connell, mezzo-soprano, has performed at Marlboro Music; Steans Musical Institute, Ravinia; Rockport Chamber Music Festival; MUSE/IQUE, Los Angeles; New York’s Five Boroughs Music Festival; Fabbri Chamber Concerts; The Song Continues; Ensemble for the Romantic Century; Juilliard ChamberFest; FOCUS!; and New York Festival of Song. 

Ms. O’Connell is currently based in New York City, where she lives with her husband. Brent Funderburk, piano, has partnered with world-class singers and instrumentalists in concert and on recording. He has…

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence

November 5 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The quartet, which has in the past featured immersive encounters with the music of Franz Joseph Haydn, holds an all-Haydn “Bing-fest” with all six of his Opus 20 string quartets—quite a feat. 

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Stanford Jazz Orchestra

November 8 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Jazz Orchestra welcomes its new director, Michael Galisatus. Mr. Galisatus, currently Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo, also directs the Miles Ahead Big Band for Stanford Jazz Workshop.

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“Daihannya Tendoku-e” Performed by Karyōbinga Shōmyō Kenkyūkai

November 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kashōken, an internationally renowned ensemble of Japanese Shingon priests, will perform a Daihannya Tendoku, a “rolling reading” of the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom (Mahāprajñāpāramitā sūtra) at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. The Daihannya Tendoku is one of the most important rituals of Japanese Buddhism. It features the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, one of the central texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and with 600 fascicles also the longest text in the Buddhist canon. Since the…

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Stanford Wind Symphony: Fall Concert

November 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Wind Symphony’s program.

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Ani Choying Drolma: “Buddhist Chants and Songs”

November 11 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Choying Drolma was born in Kathmandu, Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents in 1971. Her education and spiritual training were supervised by the renowned meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She was well-trained in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies performance, and was quickly advanced to the position of chanting master in the nunnery. Her singing talent was first discovered by the famous American guitarist Steve Tibbetts, during his visit to Nagi Gompa. Thanks to Steve Tibbett’s effort, Ani Choying Drolma’s first…

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Stanford Philharmonia

November 12 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Stanford Philharmonia presents the West Coast premiere of new music by Anthony Burgess, the British composer-novelist best known as the author of A Clockwork Orange. 2017 marks the centenary of Burgess (1917-1993), who composed Petite Symphonie pour Strasbourg in 1988 to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the founding of Strasbourg in 12 B.C. Stanford faculty violinist Owen Dalby and his wife, violist Meena Bhasin, perform Mozart’s great Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, with Schubert’s Symphony No. 6…

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NOON CONCERT: Harpsichord Studio of Elaine Thornburgh

November 15 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 Chamber Chorale: The Wisdom of the Moon

November 15 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Chamber Chorale, directed by Stephen Sano, opens its 2017-18 season with a richly varied recital of a cappella literature from the American and European choral traditions, performed in the stunning acoustic of Stanford Memorial Church. Featured will be a triptych of evocative settings about the moon by Winges, Chilcott, and LaBarr, juxtaposed with paired settings of the Ubi caritas and Cantate Domino texts by Duruflé, Monteverdi, Jackson, Rutter, Elberdin, and others. Also included will be gems we’ll be preparing for our Pacific Northwest tour later in the academic…

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NOON CONCERT: Voice Students of Claire Giovannetti

November 17 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Voice students are featured in this noontime concert.

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Peninsula Symphony with Stanford Symphonic Chorus: 25th Anniversary Stanford Concert – NEW DATE!

November 17 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The festive annual collaboration between the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and the Peninsula Symphony reaches its 25th Anniversary in an all-English program of grand and gorgeous music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, directed by Mitchell Sardou Klein and Stephen M. Sano. Program Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Edward Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 6with Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo-soprano Note: The previously announced date for this event, November 11, was incorrect.

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Peninsula Symphony with Stanford Symphonic Chorus: 25th Anniversary Stanford Concert

November 19 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The festive annual collaboration between the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and the Peninsula Symphony reaches its 25th Anniversary in an all-English program of grand and gorgeous music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, directed by Mitchell Sardou Klein and Stephen M. Sano. Program Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Edward Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 6with Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo-soprano

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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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University Singers

November 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan directs the University Singer’s program in Bing Concert Hall. (Program TBA)

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Séverine Ballon, cello: Works for cello and multichannel electronics

November 29 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 researches 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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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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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 Symphony Orchestra

December 2 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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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 brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. (Program TBA.) Sponsored by the Stanford Department of Music and The Stanford Arts Institute of the Associate Dean. Special thanks to Peter and Helen Bing.

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Fall Chamber Music Showcase

December 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ensembles from the Stanford Chamber Music program perform.

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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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Stanford Baroque Soloists: Italy Before Corelli

December 7 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.

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Friends of Music Holiday Musicale

December 9 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for an afternoon of music to bring you holiday spirit and cheer, featuring the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Phillips, along with student and faculty guests.

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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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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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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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