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December 2019

Stanford Baroque Soloists: Bachs & Biber — NEW DATE!

December 12 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stanford Baroque Soloists, under the direction of Anthony Martin, presents their Fall program “Bachs & Biber” with works by C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach, W.F. Bach, J.C.F. Bach, and Heinrich Biber. Note: This event has been rescheduled from November 25.

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Annual Messiah Sing / Play Along

December 13 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This annual “sing and play it yourself” celebration of Handel’s masterwork, conducted by Stephen 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. Admission Info ADVANCE TICKETS: GENERAL $18 | STUDENTS $13 | SENIORS $13 (Now on sale!) AT THE DOOR: GENERAL $23 | STUDENTS $18 | SENIORS $18

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A Tribute to the Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas

December 14 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand, we’re proud to present a tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack album to A Charlie Brown Christmas, the 1965 holdiay classic. Join SJW for a show that will warm your heart and put you in the holiday spirit, featuring jazz pianist Glen Pearson (Count Basie), bassist Ruth Davies (Charles Brown, Elvin Bishop), and drummer Lorca Hart (Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy). Originally broadcast in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas is hands-down one of the most…

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Holiday Organ Recital: Dr. Robert Huw Morgan

December 15 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, university organist, presents his annual holiday recital.  Internationally acclaimed organist Robert Huw Morgan is University Organist, Lecturer in Organ, and Director of both the Stanford University Singers and the Memorial Church Choir at Stanford University. The native of Wales holds dual doctorates in Organ Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Morgan is an active recitalist whose repertoire runs from the earliest sources to contemporary music. In 2005 he performed the complete…

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January 2020

Sounds of Renaissance Florence

January 15, 2020 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Inside, outside, and in the streets—hear the bellowing of sacred texts and the howling of carnival songs, the devotion of the faithful and the revelry of the drunk. Joined by the ensemble Cut Circle, Stanford students from Music 159J (“Performance as Analysis”) will sing from—and invent multi-voice music based on—a perfectly preserved fifteenth-century Florentine chant manuscript. The book forms part of the sumptuous Burke Collection of Early Italian Miniatures, which will be on view during the performance as part of…

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Kronos Quartet

January 15, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The 60’s, The Years That Changed America  At the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Mahalia Jackson’s shout to her close friend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed his speech: “Tell them about the Dream! Tell them about the Dream!” It’s said that her plea inspired Dr. King to stray off-script in his immortal speech. That passage, captured in notes made by King speechwriter and Stanford Scholar in Residence Dr. Clarence B. Jones, is central to composer Zachary James Watson’s Peace…

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Manual Cinema

January 17, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

No Blue Memories – The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks  The multimedia shadow puppetry masters of Manual Cinema are back. This season, they bring their performance of No Blue Memories, a work about the celebrated Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for Annie Allen. Brooks, who supported herself as a typist for years, was the first African American to win the Pulitzer. By 16, she’d published 75 poems, and in her lifetime, more than 20…

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Ethan Le, violin: Senior Recital

January 17, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Senior Ethan Le, violin, performs with accompanist Lori Lack, piano. Program Stravinsky: Suite Italienne Paganini: Caprice No. 24 Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in D minor Admission Info Free

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Jason Danieley

January 18, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Critically acclaimed and award-winning Broadway star and concert performer, Jason Danieley, always sings from the heart. In this evening he shares stories and songs from that deep well. An evening of loving and remembering, filtered through jazz and Broadway standards.

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Charles Ferguson: Classical and Flamenco Guitar

January 18, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Stanford guitar faculty Charles Ferguson performs works from Spain, Mexico, and Paraguay with classical and flamenco by Ponce, Rodrigo, Barrios, Escudero, and Sabicas. Program Ponce: Sonata romántica Barrios: Julia Florida – El último canto Rodrigo: Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa Flamenco works by Escudero, Sabicas, Pena, Martin, and Serrano Admission Info ADVANCE TICKETS: GENERAL $18 | SENIORS $13 AT THE DOOR: GENERAL $23 | STUDENTS $18 (Free for Stanford students with SUID) | SENIORS $18

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Mozart Birthday Celebration with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars

January 18, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 264th birthday, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars present a program of chamber music masterpieces by the “Salzburg Scribbler” himself. This event features two quintets, String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, K. 593 and Horn Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 407, the latter being Mozart’s only work for horn and strings. Joining SFCO principal horn player Kate Dennis are Antoine van Dongen (violin); Liana Bérubé (violin); Alexandra Leem (viola); Ben Simon (viola); and…

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Jason Danieley

January 18, 2020 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Critically acclaimed and award-winning Broadway star and concert performer, Jason Danieley, always sings from the heart. In this evening he shares stories and songs from that deep well. An evening of loving and remembering, filtered through jazz and Broadway standards.

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence

January 19, 2020 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Beethoven and Adams  A cultural cornerstone of Stanford, the world-acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its fabled partnership with 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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James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

January 22, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jason Moran & The Harlem Hellfighters  Composer and pianist Jason Moran, artistic director of the Kennedy Center Jazz program and a MacArthur fellow, presents a meditation on the life, combat service, and legacy of American musician and jazz composer James Reese Europe, who created the band of World War I’s African-American 369th regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters, and helped popularize jazz throughout France.

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One Touch of Venus

January 23, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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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January 25, 2020 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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Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, with special guest the Stanford Chamber Chorale

January 29, 2020 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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Laurie Anderson

January 29, 2020 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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NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic

January 31, 2020 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

January 31, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Kevin Lee Sun (B.A.S., ’15) presents a solo piano recital. 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. Admission Info Free

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February 2020

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

February 1, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 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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