Why Giving Matters
The opening of the Bing Concert Hall in January 2013 marked the beginning of a new era in the arts at Stanford.
The university now has a performance venue equal to the aspirations of its students, faculty, and world-class visiting artists. Bing Concert Hall is the principal venue for events sponsored by Stanford Live, the university’s chief presenter of performing arts on campus. In addition to showcasing high-profile and emerging artists, Stanford Live serves as an incubator for new and commissioned works. The hall enables Stanford Live to engage a broader range of artists and more highly-demanded performers who can in turn work with students in master classes and other academic and residence-based activities. Its cutting-edge technical capabilities also allow for computer and multimedia productions that blend electronics with traditional instruments, recorded media, and physical movement.
Because the small size of the hall precludes high-volume ticket sales, Stanford needs donor support to supplement ticket revenue. These funds not only help underwrite the concert series but also support original student works, visiting artists, and reduced-price tickets for students.
To ensure that students and faculty can create and perform works in the hall and that Stanford can bring in world-class artists for the campus and broader community. Gifts of $250,000 or more will be prominently recognized in the building.
Concert-quality instruments worthy of the hall are needed for both performances and practice. Gifts of $1,500 or more will provide instruments for the hall.