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January 2021

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Branford Marsalis

January 13, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The conductorless ensemble, noted for its unique approach to collective leadership onstage and off, returns to the Bing for the first time since 2014. This time they’re joined by saxophone virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis, one of the world’s most celebrated jazz artists, in a classical turn. The program features Gioachino Rossini, Joaquín Rodrigo, Claude Debussy, and more

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Sundays with the St. Lawrence: Haydn, Alessandrini, and Dvořák

January 24, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Hailed by the New Yorker “not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection,” the acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet continues its fabled partnership with Stanford. The quartet remains a cultural cornerstone of 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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The 7 Fingers: Passengers

January 28, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This Montreal-based circus company combines breathtaking physical and aerial feats, contemporary dance, playful music, and theater to strip down circus to its most thrilling essence. Passengers builds a multidisciplinary narrative around travel and place, the community of strangers that forms while traveling, and a fascination with trains that is both nostalgic and symbolic. Fascinated by the human condition, The 7 Fingers celebrates our world, our time, and our humanity.

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Mariinsky Orchestra

January 31, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Following a dazzling 2017 Bing performance by the Stradivarius Ensemble, we welcome the full Mariinsky Orchestra for the first time. Led by the charismatic Valery Gergiev, and with a history spanning more than 200 years, the Mariinsky is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras. Expect warmth, brilliance, and an unparalleled command of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

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February 2021

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

February 4, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The five-time Grammy-winning choral group from South Africa honors the legacy of late founder Joseph Shabalala as they continue to perform worldwide. From brilliantly harmonized a cappella songs sung in Zulu to traditional English gospel songs such as “This Little Light” and “Amazing Grace,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s spirited work soothes the soul and brings a smile.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale: Lagrime di San Pietro

February 6, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Founded in 1964 by conductor Roger Wagner and now led by Grant Gershon, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is a resident company of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Recognized for its distinctive sound and distinguished repertoire, the choir presents a dramatic staging by Peter Sellars of the late-Renaissance masterpiece by Orlando di Lasso. With each madrigal set to the poetry of Luigi Tansillo (1510–1568), the 75-minute a cappella rendition lays bare the seven stages of grief suffered by St. Peter after…

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Martha Redbone

February 12, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Martha Redbone is an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent. In this intimate performance in the Bing Studio, stories about her life are braided into blues, R&B, soul, and gospel music performed by Redbone and her top-tier jazz and blues band.

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Masses for Troubled Times

February 13, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

“In labor, rest; in heat, temperance; in tears, solace.” Georg Muffat’s immense Missa in labore requies, the composer’s only surviving sacred work, beams with expressivity thanks to its extraordinary display of two vocal and three instrumental choirs. This work of grandeur was admired by the onetime owner of the autographed manuscript—Joseph Haydn. Paired with Muffat’s mass, Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, composed amidst troubled Napoleonic times in Austria, nevertheless shines with splendor. Highlighting the pristine voices of Mary Bevan, Roderick Williams, Tim Mead, and James Gilchrist—and the “musical brilliance” of the Philharmonia Chorale—this…

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Small Island Big Song

February 17, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Small Island Big Song is a collective of Indigenous musicians drawn from 16 island nations across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The group blends musical traditions to create a hybrid concert experience and address shared cultural and environmental challenges. 

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Falling for Make Believe: Ryan J. Haddad

February 19, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ryan J. Haddad—the 2020 recipient of the Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award—has harbored a true love for theater since his childhood. When he was five, he created the Haddad Theater for his family to put on plays. As an actor today, Haddad can be seen in popular TV shows such as The Politician, Madame Secretary, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In Falling for Make Believe, Haddad draws on stories from his childhood in a witty, whimsical memoir full of showtunes.

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Omer Quartet

February 21, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Stanford Live continues to support the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s advocacy of young quartets with our annual presentation of the winner of the SLSQ’s Ladd Prize. This year, we are excited to welcome the Omer Quartet, which in a short time has already amassed major chamber music competition prizes and multiple festival and academic residencies. At the Bing, they’ll perform works by Beethoven and Caroline Shaw.

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R. Carlos Nakai: with pianist Peter Kater

February 26, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the premier performer of the traditional cedarwood Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai collaborates with many orchestras and musicians. At the Bing, Nakai performs an intimate recital with Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Kater.

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Mother to Mother: Reconciliation and Remembrance

February 27, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Featuring a soprano solo, string quartet, and texts read by Stanford students, this performance is a reflection on the story of Amy Biehl (1967–93), a Stanford undergraduate alumna and Fulbright Scholar who died in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic election. A newly commissioned piece by distinguished South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen anchors a program that explores heartfelt responses to tragedy and urgently seeks ways forward.

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Joyce DiDonato: Songplay

February 28, 2021 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Soprano Joyce DiDonato is not only one of the finest singers in the world of opera, but one of its most theatrical and imaginative. In this cabaret-style recital, DiDonato and pianist Craig Terry are joined by an all-star jazz group. They perform the standard lesson repertoire for beginning singers (24 Italian Songs and Arias), reimagining each song in the manner of a jazz standard. DiDonato takes a playful look at the arduous process of classical vocal training while illuminating the…

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March 2021

Kronos Quartet: A Thousand Thoughts

March 3, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini teamed up with Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with prominent artists such as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley. Together on stage, Green and Kronos interact with the stirring cinematic imagery to craft an important record and exploration of late 20th and early 21st century music. Transcending the typical live music and film…

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Classic Podger with violinist Rachel Podger

March 10, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Star violinist Rachel Podger makes her long-awaited return to the Bay Area as she extends beyond the baroque with PBO for the first time! In a program of Haydn and Mozart, Rachel takes audiences on a voyage through the stormy seas of Sturm und Drang. In between the tempestuous Symphony No. 39 of Haydn and the little G minor symphony by Mozart, the prodigy of Salzburg, Podger displays her virtuosity in dazzling violin concertos by each composer, wielding her violin…

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Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?: Verklärte Nacht with the St. Lawrence String Quartet

March 11, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite down-to-earth explainer of all types of music returns to Stanford Live for three performances. In the first part of each performance, Kapilow illustrates key points of the music and its creators. Then, the full piece is performed. To top off the experience, Kapilow and the musicians take part in a lively and in-depth Q&A with the audience. In this intimate Bing Studio presentation, Kapilow breaks down Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and is joined by Stanford’s St. Lawrence String Quartet for a performance of…

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Taimane

March 11, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Known from the age of 13 for her prodigious skills, Hawaiian ukulele player Taimane’s cross-genre works range in expression from fierce to mysterious to meditative. Shades of classical, rock, and flamenco music color her rich compositions and provide a broad platform for Taimane’s uncanny control and creativity. An intensely magnetic performer, her latest album, Elemental (2018), presents the artist’s otherworldly vision of the classical elements: water, fire, air, earth, and ether. 

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Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?: Mozart Requiem with Stanford Chamber Chorale and guest orchestra

March 13, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite down-to-earth explainer of all types of music returns to Stanford Live for three performances. In the first part of each performance, Kapilow illustrates key points of the music and its creators. Then, the full piece is performed. To top off the experience, Kapilow and the musicians take part in a lively and in-depth Q&A with the audience. In this performance, Kapilow discusses Mozart’s Requiem, which will be performed by the Stanford Chamber Chorale and a guest orchestra.

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Gil Shaham, violin and Akira Eguchi, piano

March 14, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Lauded by the New York Times as “one of today’s preeminent violinists,” Grammy Award–winning Gil Shaham is a spirited master of violin. He shares the stage at the Bing with his longtime duo partner, pianist Akira Eguchi, performing a program that includes Dvorak’s 4 Romantic Pieces, Sonatina, and Sonata, and Schumann’s Four Romances.

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Bessie, Billie, Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz

March 20, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A power trio of vocalists backed by an all-female band pays tribute to a flagship of civil rights progress that was launched by the formative work of three 20th-century African American women jazz artists. The anthemic songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone defied social norms and today continue to inspire a generational movement for greater equality and selfempowerment for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Brooklyn Rider: Healing Modes

March 31, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Inspired by the healing force of music, the acclaimed string quartet’s newest project moves with life-affirming vibrancy. Five composers—Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun—were commissioned to create new works based on themes of health, acceptance, and recovery. As the concert’s centerpiece, the quartet will also perform the slow movement of Beethoven’s Opus 132, “A Song of Holy Thanksgiving.”

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April 2021

Soliloquy: Telemann Solo Fantasias: Genevieve Lacey, recorder

April 3, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In this 60-minute, meditative, interactive music-dance ritual, recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey weaves a profoundly moving sound-and-motion tapestry. Seven minutes into her performance of Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias for Solo, dancers will rise to join Lacey on stage. Individual voices—soliloquy—dissolve as the intermingled bodies and Lacey become a chorus celebrating sublime, illuminated community.

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Abdullah Ibrahim

April 10, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The godfather of South African jazz and a 2019 NEA Jazz Master, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim brings irresistibly swinging grooves and a deeply spiritual quality to his playing.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra

April 11, 2021 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

One of the world’s most dynamic chamber ensembles, the ACO thrills in every performance. The players bring their energetic virtuosity to repertoire old and new, and play with a visible sense of shared communication with each other and the audience. For their Stanford Live residency, they’ll perform works by Eric Avery, Peter Sculthorpe, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Andrew Norman, and a new commission by Samuel Adams.

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