Stanford Live is celebrating five seasons of diverse, dynamic performing arts presentations at Bing Concert Hall beginning this fall!



The 2016–17 season, LIVE / FIVE, will feature more than 60 performances and community and student events, ranging from classical, jazz and world music to dance and multimedia, as well as programs that explore two big ideas at the core of the ongoing Live Context series: Imagining the West and Islamic Voices.                    

Composer celebrations take center stage starting with an opening-night performance of Philip Glass’ complete piano études on Sept. 29, followed later in the season by Dennis Russell Davies leading the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz in a reading of Glass’ new Symphony No. 11, commissioned by Davies in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. A new work by Steve Reich titled “Pulse” will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. And the work of John Adams will be a focal point of the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s three-concert series, with performances of John’s Book of Alleged Dances and his two String Quartets to mark Adams’ 70th birthday.

The signature Live Context events that are part of Imagining the West include The Colorado, a new music-based documentary that explores the Colorado River Basin through live performances of new compositions by John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, percussionist Glenn Kotche, Paola Prestini and Shara (Worden) Nova; a family concert with the Grammy–winning Okee Dokee Brothers; and a conversation with Stanford faculty and National Geographic’s Peter McBride. The Islamic Voices series will feature a performance by the genre-crossing Tunisian singer, songwriter and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi and a related conversation with Stanford faculty and best-selling writer Reza Aslan. More events will be announced in the fall.

“Next year marks five seasons of exceptional artists presented by Stanford Live,” says Matthew Tiews, Stanford’s Associate Dean for the Advancement of the Arts and the Interim Executive Director of Stanford Live. “I’d like to commend Stanford Live’s Director of Music Programs Laura Evans who, in collaboration with artistic advisor James Fahey (Director of Programming for Symphony Center Presents in Chicago) has curated a wonderfully celebratory lineup for 2016–17, to be presented at the beautiful Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford University campus, with the return of some of the favorites from the past few years as well as exciting debuts. The 2016–17 season will also mark the beginning of a new era of executive leadership for Stanford Live, and we expect to have some exciting news to share later this year.”

Other season five highlights include the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis; an appearance by Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, as part of Stanford Live’s annual Bing Fling! gala; an all-Bach program with Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer; a concert celebrating the music of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin performed by the Aaron Diehl Ensemble with Cécile McLorin Salvant, New Zealand’s Black Grace Dance Company; the Grammy–nominated Indian vocalist Anoushka Shankar; American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in concert with the Italian period-instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro; a return engagement by the Portland-based vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, as part of a project titled Icons Of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined, co-presented by the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA); a concert by the English chamber ensemble Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; and recitals by cellist Alisa Weilerstein with pianist Inon Barnatan and violinist Christian Tetzlaff with pianist Lars Vogt.

“Since Stanford Live inaugurated its glorious new home at Bing Concert Hall in 2013, launching a new era for the performing arts at Stanford University, the response from the campus and the surrounding communities has far surpassed our expectations,” commented Stanford Live Advisory Council Co-chair Leslie Hume. “Now, we are thrilled to be celebrating season five of Stanford Live and we are extremely grateful to Helen and Peter Bing ’55 for creating a Distinguished Artists Fund to make possible the appearance of some of the incredible artists in the coming season.”

Subscriptions for Stanford Live’s 2016–17 season, LIVE /FIVE, will go on sale to renewing subscribers beginning June 5, following a pre-sale period for Stanford Live donors and Bing Members. Subscriptions will go on sale to the general public on June 14 and single tickets will go on sale August 23. Visit for more information.

Posted by Bob Cable, Communications Manager for Stanford Live