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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Judas Passion Wednesday, October 4, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Judas Passion

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.



Perla Batalla: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Saturday, October 7, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Perla Batalla: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

As a touring band member with the legendary songwriter, 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, Leonard Cohen.



What Makes It Great? featuring the American Quartet Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:30PM - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
What Makes It Great? featuring the American Quartet

The revered and longtime Stanford University-resident St. Lawrence String Quartet joins Kapilow to explore and appreciate Antonín Dvorák’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.



American Brass Quintet Sunday, October 15, 2017 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
American Brass Quintet

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.



Why Not Theatre: A Brimful of Asha Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:00PM - Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Why Not Theatre: A Brimful of Asha

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 twenty-something 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.



SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Miles Davis Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Miles Davis

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.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



Akram Khan: Until the Lions Friday, October 27, 2017 7:30PM - Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Akram Khan: Until the Lions

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 from the normally male-centered ancient epic.



Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Orchestra

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.



Chuck Klosterman and Simon Reynolds Wednesday, November 1, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Chuck Klosterman and Simon Reynolds

Best-selling writer Chuck Klosterman (But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past) and Pitchfork music critic Simon Reynolds (Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past) discuss how nostalgia drives pop culture and the music industry and what that means for the way that we look at ourselves. Can indulging “retro” pleasures be productive, or are we stuck in a groove?



Longing Lasts Longer Friday, November 3, 2017 8:00PM - Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Longing Lasts Longer

Penny Arcade’s hilariously iconoclastic monologue, created by one of Andy Warhol’s underground superstars, addresses perennially political issues of class and gender and everyday woes like gentrification. To Arcade (née Susana Ventura), the Big Apple has become the Big Cupcake: a New York City of fluff, with no affordable places for artists and no place to buy a broom or get your shoes repaired or your clothes washed. Sound close to home?



Sundays with the St. Lawrence Sunday, November 5, 2017 2:30PM - Sunday, April 29, 2018 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Sundays with the St. Lawrence

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.



In My Mind: Thelonius Monk Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
In My Mind: Thelonius Monk

Jazz virtuoso Jason Moran, winner of a MacArthur “Genius” award and currently the Kennedy Center’s artistic director for jazz, took up piano because of Thelonious Monk. Moran, who is reimagining Monk’s historic 1959 Town Hall concert at the Bing, says Monk is “the most important musician, period. In all the world, period.” In this centenary year of Monk’s birth, Moran evokes the concert’s breakaway excitement via an in-depth media show, and with his 10-piece Big Bandwagon he explores Monk’s roots and impact.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



Song of Lahore Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Song of Lahore

The Golden Era of “Lollywood” in Lahore, Pakistan, peaked in the 1960s and 70s, until the enforcement of Islamic Sharia law in 1977 led to a steep decline in the arts. As work dried up for studio musicians, producer Izzat Majeed secretly gathered these intrepid players at his Sachal Studios, where they recorded a hit version of Dave Brubeck’s iconic “Take Five”—with a South Asian twist. Wynton Marsalis invited the Sachal Ensemble to perform with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, leading to an album, an acclaimed documentary (directed by Stanford alums Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken), and invitations to perform around the world.

In conjunction with the performance, Stanford Live will be screening the documentary Song of Lahore. Date and time will be announced in the fall.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



Ronnie Burkett: The Daisy Theatre Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:00PM - Friday, November 17, 2017 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ronnie Burkett: The Daisy Theatre

Don’t bring the kiddies to puppeteer Ronnie Burkett’s rather ribald, thoroughly entertaining Daisy Theatre. Burkett, who hails from Alberta, Canada, became interested in puppets as a child, when he picked up Volume P of the World Book and it fell open at “puppets.” Burkett is a one-man show, improvising on the spot. His marionettes—a rotating cast of 40 characters—include ventriloquist Meyer Lemon, actress Lillian Lunkhead, and Edna Rural. Advisory: chance of puppet nudity.



Rolston String Quartet Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Rolston String Quartet

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.

Please note: This performance is in half stage configuration  view seat map



The Red Violin Friday, December 8, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
The Red Violin

Canadian violinist Lara St. John, with the help of a live orchestra, 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.



The Hot Sardines' Holiday Stomp Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
The Hot Sardines' Holiday Stomp

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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Selected Shorts: Holiday Nostalgia Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Selected Shorts: Holiday Nostalgia

A public radio watchword for years, Selected Shorts broadcasts weekly on 150 stations to some 300,000 listeners across the country—not to mention its devoted podcast audience. On tour from its home at Symphony Space in New York City, each show follows a single theme through short stories from both established and emerging writers, performed by an engaging cast of actors from stage and screen. At the Bing, the nostalgia of the holidays takes center stage.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



A Chanticleer Christmas Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
A Chanticleer Christmas

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.



Happy Joyous Hannukah Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Happy Joyous Hannukah

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.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



St. Louis Symphony Friday, January 19, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony—second oldest in the nation—is both venerable and forward-looking, with a broad musical range and diverse repertory. The Bing program includes Thomas Adès’ Dances from the opera Powder Her Face, Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto with Grammywinning violinist Augustin Hadelich, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Under David Robertson, now in his 12th and final year as maestro, the orchestra has toured extensively in the United States and across the globe.



L.A. Dance Project Friday, January 26, 2018 7:30PM - Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
L.A. Dance Project

Former Paris Opera Ballet Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the movie Black Swan, founded the L.A. Dance Project, an artist collective, in 2012 with composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell, art consultant Matthieu Humery, and producer Charles Fabius. The Project aims to make new work for a small group of dancers in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, and composers to perform in both traditional and unconventional spaces.



Jeremy Denk with Stefan Jackiw Sunday, January 28, 2018 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Jeremy Denk with Stefan Jackiw

Jeremy Denk, American piano virtuoso and a MacArthur “Genius” award winner, visits the Bing with noted violinist Stefan Jackiw—and members of the Stanford Chamber Chorale—for a performance of all the sonatas of the American modernist composer Charles Ives. Ives drew upon contemporary hymns, songs, and marches to eloquently convey the nuances of the American experience. Nobody is better equipped than Denk to demonstrate Ives’ influences and his continuing impact on American music.



Cameron Carpenter Saturday, February 3, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Cameron Carpenter

“My place...is to do things with the organ that it never would want to do... and for people that didn’t know that they wanted to hear it. Which is exactly what’s happening,” says iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter. In a Bing concert that promises to be one of a kind, Carpenter—who will be in residence on campus—will be playing his revolutionary digital International Touring Organ. Known for his fearless reinterpretations of the classics, Carpenter has won international acclaim for his brilliance, not to mention his sartorial style.



Counting Sheep: A Guerrilla Folk Opera Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00PM - Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Counting Sheep: A Guerrilla Folk Opera

A sensation at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Counting Sheep, a Ukrainian folk opera created by Mark and Marichka Marczyk (featuring Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a guerrilla-folk party-punk band), recounts the 2013 outbursts, violence, and sniper fire of Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution witnessed by the Marczyks themselves, who emigrated to Canada soon after. Through traditional choral songs, it explores the human condition in times of violent upheaval, evoking the yearning for a better tomorrow.



Darlene Love Friday, February 9, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Darlene Love

For more than 50 years, singer Darlene Love has been making rock and roll’s world go ‘round. In the early 1960s, she was part of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound for “He’s a Rebel,” doing backing (as well as uncredited lead) vocals for “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” and scores of other hits. With the 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, she became the best-known unknown in rock history. Joined for part of the program by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Love will fill the house with nostalgia and her timeless, soaring voice.



Bill Charlap Trio Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Bill Charlap Trio

Son of Broadway composer Moose Charlap and TV singer Sandy Stewart, Bill Charlap has American song in his DNA. In this program, Charlap brings us on a guided tour of American Popular Song—from Berlin and Bernstein’s Broadway to the Harlem stride of Eubie Blake and Fats Waller, to the singular songbook of Duke Ellington—with other exciting stops along the way. Special guests and legendary vocalists Mary Stallings and Freddy Cole join the Bill Charlap Trio on stage.



600 HIGHWAYMEN: The Fever Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:00PM - Friday, February 16, 2018 9:00PM   ·   More Info »
600 HIGHWAYMEN: The Fever

Young and innovative theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, together known as 600 HIGHWAYMEN, present a story about a party, just an ordinary party, and request your participation. It is an invitation to be together, to have faith in each other, and to show each other how warm and healing trust among strangers can be.



Takács Quartet Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Takács Quartet

Blessed with a nigh-otherworldly gift for chamber artistry, the Takács Quartet, in the latest of its highly anticipated visits to the Bing, partners with Canadian piano virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin for the Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 2. Beethoven’s Opus 131 Quartet and Schubert’s Quartettsatz are also on the program for this Boulder, Colorado–based quartet.



Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali

Among the more surprising influences on American composers is the traditional Balinese art of gamelan. The gigantic ensemble of instruments’ resonating tones and rich sound have captivated composers like Canadian Colin McPhee and American composers Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, John Cage, and Steve Reich. Experience the inspirational source of these composers in this special performance by the musicians and dancers of Gamelan Çudamani.



Curtis on Tour: The American Sound Sunday, March 4, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Curtis on Tour: The American Sound

The prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia sends its most promising young students on tour to play alongside faculty and noted alumni. This program pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein (himself a Curtis alum), in celebration of his centenary, with Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata (with alum, David Shifrin) and songs from West Side Story, alongside pieces by two of his contemporary influences, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.



Machine de Cirque Friday, March 16, 2018 7:30PM - Saturday, March 17, 2018 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Machine de Cirque

Even as big circuses are folding their tents, intimate circuses are on the rise. The Quebec City–based Machine de Cirque is a prime example: just five guys existing in a post-apocalyptic world without women or computers. How will they survive? Watch and see. Machine de Cirque was founded in 2013 with the aim of engaging imaginations in their community. It adroitly blends acrobatics, juggling, music, dance, clowning, and derring-do.



Zurich Chamber Orchestra Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Since its founding in 1945, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra has covered a lot of ground, performing on Baroquestyle bows and traditional gut strings in recent years while also looking to the new in its performance of jazz and folk repertoire. Conducting from the violin, Daniel Hope, succeeding his countryman Sir Roger Norrington, leads the ensemble in an unusual pairing of The Four Seasons with minimalist composer Max Richter’s Recomposed, an exciting reimagining of Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque classic.



Kronos Quartet Friday, April 6, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Kronos Quartet

Stanford Live is proud to be a commissioning partner in Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an initiative by the Kronos Quartet to commission new works for string quartet and distribute them online for free. The program features two of these new works by Canadian composers and artists including throat singer Tanya Tagaq as well as The Green Fog, a new work for Kronos by filmmaker Guy Maddin, who set himself the challenge of remaking Vertigo without using footage from Hitchcock’s classic. Composer Jacob Garchik fashions a score that canvasses Maddin’s footage to create a distinctive musical extravaganza.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



Disco Manila Saturday, April 7, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Disco Manila

Take a trip down Memory Lane to the Filipino disco songs of the Manila Sound, which began in Quezon City in the late 1970s, continuing into the early '80s. ABBA, Donna Summer, and the Bee Gees influenced the Sound, recreated at the Bing by alums from some of the era’s major disco groups, VST, the Union, and a funky five-piece band.

Please note: This performance is in end stage configuration  view seat map



The Triplets of Belleville Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:30PM   ·   More Info »
The Triplets of Belleville

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters—an aging song and dance group—to rescue him. This much beloved animated film is screened as composer Benoît Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score for the film, including his Academy Award–winning best song. In the spirit of the film, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville transports audiences to the exciting streets of 1920s Paris and Le Jazz Hot. This film is rated PG-13.

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Songs of Freedom: Mitchell, Lincoln, and Simone Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Songs of Freedom: Mitchell, Lincoln, and Simone

In a program first presented under the auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone—all of whom have made an indelible mark in music with their unique expressions of freedom. Mitchell composed and sang about the freedom of love, Lincoln expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Simone demanded freedom politically through song.

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Arturo O'Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Wednesday, May 9, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Arturo O'Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra of pianist Arturo O’Farrill, a twotime Grammy winner, reaches beyond his trumpeter father Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban jazz to embrace many Latin American music traditions. This Bing program features the Cornel West Concerto—which sets text by virtuosic speaker, scholar, and activist Dr. Cornel West to Afro-Latin jazz orchestration.

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In Conversation with Claudia Rankine Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
In Conversation with Claudia Rankine

African American poet Claudia Rankine, a professor at Yale University, speaks to the human condition in all its many manifestations. A winner of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship and author of five poetry collections, including Citizen—An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Rankine candidly and critcally uses poetry and prose to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society.