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September 2018

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams

September 21 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Honored for his contributions to jazz worldwide, including awards from the Monterey Jazz Festival and the National Endowment for the Arts, saxophonist Charles Lloyd brings his 80th birthday celebration to the Bing. Lloyd’s shows, “full of momentum and intuition, perfectly represent that the best jazz needs to be experienced live,” said the New York Times. At the Bing, singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams, whose work embraces folk, country, rock, and blues, joins Lloyd and his group, the Marvels.

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Jon Cleary

September 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The piano player and songwriter is one of the great heirs to New Orleans’ world-changing music heritage—an outsider from Kent, England, Cleary has become a beloved personality in his adopted hometown. NPR calls him “pure New Orleans,” and he’s made the city proud with his 2016 Grammy Award for his album GoGo Juice. Jon Cleary has not only ascended into the pantheon of New Orleans musical greats, but established a groove and a style that’s unmistakably his own.

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September 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stanford TAPS welcomes the Class of 2022! Join us for our NSO showcase, featuring theater, dance, improv, musical performances, and more by Stanford students. Learn about our upcoming auditions and events, and more ways you can get involved in the performing arts on campus!

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The Baylor Project

September 23 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A husband. A wife. An astonishing debut. Two-time Grammy-nominated The Baylor Project is steeped in the heart and soul of jazz. As the children of pastors, Marcus and Jean’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. Their debut CD, The Journey, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart and garnered two Grammy Award nominations, solidifying The Baylor Project as an undeniable force.  Join them…

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

September 26 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Spaces with dancers Lil Buck and Jared Grimes  Jazz at Lincoln Center founder/ director Wynton Marsalis conceived his composition Spaces as an “animal ballet,” played by his own Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and starring two extraordinary dancers: Lil Buck, creator of a novel dance vocabulary combining aspects of tap and ballet, and Jared Grimes, a Broadway dance maker and tapper, winner of the 2014 Astaire Award. Noted choreographer Damian Woetzel helped meld dance, music, and bestiary into a seamless,…

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Tord Gustavsen Trio

September 28 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

With Sigurd Hole and Jarle Vespestad   For his soon to be released album The Other Side, jazz pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen returns to the piano trio setting, expanding its repertoire with bluesy new compositions and unique arrangements of J.S. Bach chorales and traditional Scandinavian hymns. Joining him are bassist Sigurd Hole and his long-standing collaborator, drummer Jarle Vespestad. The elements of Gustavsen’s work reflects a paradoxical blend of simplicity, quietude, and sensuality built on the hymns of his youth, a…

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Nick Thune

September 29 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Comedy Night at the Bing  Nick Thune’s absurdist view and deadpan wit have distinguished his unique style of storytelling mixed with one-liners. The Seattle-born comedian and actor has appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan, and Late Night. He performs comedy to sold out crowds around the world, and has been featured at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, South By Southwest, Bonnaroo, The Moontower Comedy Festival, The Dublin Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and many more. Nick has also…

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Nitin Sawhney: A Musical Life

September 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Acclaimed artist Nitin Sawhney presents an evening of music and memories featuring Aref Durvesh on tabla and vocalist Eva Stone. From coincidences that are barely explicable by conventional Western thought or logic, to an array of events which include working with some of the world’s most famous artists, A Musical Life is delivered through Sawhney’s unique prism, performance, and perspective of music as a universal language.

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September 30 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contemporary Creole Blues with an African Flair From Guadeloupe to Louisiana…to the Mississippi Delta. The missing link of the Blues. Delgres, a 2018 Globalfest performer, makes music rooted in a historical moment: 1802, when slavery returned to Guadeloupe and some islanders escaped to New Orleans. It is from this perspective that Delgres—made up of Pascal Danaë (guitar and vocals), Rafgee (sousaphone), and Baptiste Brondy (drums and vocals)—revisits the blended songs, dances, and tears of the long-lost, drifting souls of New…

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October 2018

St. Lawrence String Quartet: Concert for the Community

October 3 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents its annual Concert for the Community, offered free of charge to local school children, teachers, and their families. | Presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music.

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The Puck Quartet

October 3 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Puck Quartet premieres the work of three Stanford student composers. Drawing inspiration from their mischievous Shakespearean namesake, the Puck Quartet seeks to bring a capricious spirit and evocative language to music. Formed by chance in 2013 at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, they discovered a shared passion and sense of humor in their approach to chamber music and have been performing together ever since. Lily Holgate, violinKenneth Trotter, violinKatharine Dryden, violaLiam Veuve, cello

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Robert Huw Morgan, Organ

October 3 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Huw Morgan will perform a recital of works based on plainchant from pre-Reformation England to present-day Paris. He will play on the Fisk-Nanney and Murray Harris organs, as well as the Hupalo and Repasky Tudor organ. Dr. Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1999. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985…

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

October 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Mozart Magnified  One of the Bay Area’s treasures, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra plays classical jewels on period instruments. This evening’s performances includes works by Mozart alongside the Philharmonia Chorale. Nicholas McGegan, conductorCamille Ortiz, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-sopranoJames Reese, tenorDashon Burton, bass-baritone
Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director

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Dystopian Dream

October 4 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Nitin Sawhney, Sébastien Ramirez, and Honji Wang  A Sadler’s Wells London Production The U.S. premiere of Dystopian Dream, a theatrical realization of a concept originated by composer Nitin Sawhney, is a collaboration with international hip-hop duo Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez. Uniting Wang Ramirez’s extremely physical dance language with Sawhney’s iconic music and singer Eva Stone, the production will take the audience on a journey through parallel universes and unreal dreams. Featuring animated projections by Nick Hillel, costumes by Hussein…

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Happy 50th Birthday, Robin Sharp, with Ben Simon and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars

October 6 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sharp was both elegant and impassioned in her playing, in turn sweetly lyrical and dazzlingly virtuosic. As soon as the piece finished, all I wanted was to hear it performed again. —San Francisco Classical Voice  Join us for a musical celebration of a Bay Area treasure, violinist Robin Sharp, who will join forces with San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars Wendy Sharp, violin; Jenny Douglass and Ben Simon, violas; and Eric Gaenslen and Margaret Edmondson, celli, for an evening of seldom-heard chamber…

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What Makes It Great?

October 10 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Janáček’s Intimate Letters featuring Rob Kapilow  The master musician, explainer, and audience fave Rob Kapilow returns to Stanford Live with three new programs. In his first of the season, Leoš Janáček’s “Intimate Letters” match the intimate setting of the Bing Concert Hall Studio with a performance by the Alexander String Quartet.

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I’m With Her

October 10 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

I’m With Her is a three-woman folk trio featuring Sara Watkins (violin), Sarah Jarosz (banjo, mandolin, and guitar), and Aoife O’Donovan (guitar). Since the band’s formation in 2014, they’ve garnered acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with melodies “…that could be sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country… or as hearty as mountain gospel.” (New York Times). They are a band of extraordinary chemistry, who together create bittersweet and beautiful songs about love, loss, and…

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What Makes It Great?

October 11 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Love, Life, and Loss: The Music of Stephen Sondheim  The master musician, explainer, and audience fave Rob Kapilow returns to Stanford Live with three new programs. On October 11 in Bing Concert Hall, Kapilow goes show biz with an expansive look at the work of legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Into the Woods).

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Fall IDA Open House

October 12 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We welcome our beloved community to gather and share in music, food, artmaking, and performances. Whether you are a regular fixture in the Harmony House or hearing about us for the first time, we invite you to kick it with us and find out more about who we are!

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence

October 14 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

St. Lawrence String Quartet with Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano  The acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet, a beloved linchpin of Stanford University and Stanford Live, presents its Sundays with the St. Lawrence series, a matinee array of chamber outings in many modes. Oct. 14th’s concert features pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in the Mendelssohn Sextet.

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Shenson Recital Series: John Brancy, baritone, and Peter Dugan, piano – “Armistice: The Journey Home”

October 14 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

John Brancy, baritone, and Peter Dugan, piano, perform the program “Armistice: The Journey Home” as part of the long-running Shenson Recital Series. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, this program tells the story of men and women who must find their way back home, literally and figuratively. While most of the music is directly related to World War I, its themes are universal, reaching as far back as Homer’s Odyssey.…

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No Belles: Legends of Women in Science

October 15 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

“No Belles” is a performance of the stories of women scientists who have and have not received the Nobel Prize. A significant disparity in our society is the number of women pursuing careers in STEM. An oft-cited reason for this imbalance is the lack of good role models.  The Portal Theatre group’s “No Belles” makes visible the significant contributions of women in science and serves as a powerful catalyst for increased interactions between the sciences and the community.  Notably, a…

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Kronos Quartet: Music For Change—The Banned Countries

October 20 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

As a direct protest to the 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the United States by people from largely Muslim-majority countries, San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet premieres a new program featuring music from the original seven “banned” countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—among others. Kronos’ Music for Change: The Banned Countries highlights a rich diversity of artistic voices, including works composed specifically for the performance, new collaborations, and signature works from Kronos’ extensive repertoire. With support from…

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Thomas Schultz, piano

October 21 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanford piano faculty Thomas Schultz presents a solo piano recital. Program – Hyo-shin Na: Rain Study – Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated

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Kendrick Shen and Sandip Roy, guitar

October 24 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Stanford guitar faculty Charles Ferguson presents a recital by his students Kendrick Shen and Sandip Roy.

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