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In late October, The Kronos Quartet joined forces with Bay Area singer Meklit Hadero for the short film Kronos Quartet: Testimony, a musical reflection on this crucial moment in U.S. history. 

New Ways to Connect to the Art You Love

While we miss gathering with our members in person, the team at Stanford Live is delighted to offer new ways for members to connect with our programming. The COVID-19 crisis has led us to rethink so much of what we do, and we have reconceived and expanded our member benefits to be as relevant and valuable as possible during these challenging times.


Short Film Series
In September 2020 we launched our new short film series, with free access for all Stanford Live members as well as Stanford students. A collaboration with faculty and students from Stanford’s MFA program in Documentary Film and Video, Bay Area film professionals, and renowned digital arts producer Elena Park of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD, the series features stunning films shot in Bing Concert Hall, bringing the unique intimacy of this venue into our members’ homes.

Films released so far include the St. Lawrence String Quartet playing Haydn, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing late Beethoven sonatas, and the Kronos Quartet with Bay Area singer Meklit Hadero and local spoken word artists in a program focusing on social justice. Upcoming artists in the series include multi-instrumentalist and composer Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ, jazz composer and educator Marcus Shelby, and a holiday performance from the beloved vocal ensemble Chanticleer.

Backstage Pass
Stanford Live members at the $250 Supporter level and above have exclusive access to our Backstage Pass series featuring live interviews with a range of artists in conversation with Executive Director Chris Lorway. Recent artists in the series include singer-songwriter Martha Redbone, SLSQ co-founder Geoff Nuttall, playwright and scientist Alanna Mitchell, actor Ryan Haddad, and choreographer Kyle Abraham. Coming up, we’ll have a pre-recorded interview with famed singer Joyce DiDonato, which will be broadcast on December 9.

Choreographer and MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham spoke with Stanford Live executive director Chris Lorway at the November Backstage Pass event.

Other Digital Offerings
Members can enjoy access to a range of digital content including A Thousand Ways—an immersive theatrical work from 600 Highwaymen that begins remotely this December and seeks to heal the isolation of the pandemic over the course of the next year—and Artists-in-Presidents, a project by Constance Hockaday featuring artists giving presidential-style fireside chats. Members also continue to enjoy preferred presale access to our ticketed performances including unique online offerings by artists such as Manual Cinema, Taylor Mac, and more.

You can visit our Calendar and Films and Screenings pages for more information about all these programs.

For more information on how to join or upgrade your membership to enjoy these member benefits, visit our Support page or contact


Stanford Medicine: Our 2020–21 Season Sponsor  
We are thrilled to welcome back Stanford Medicine for their second year as our Season Sponsor. Stanford’s doctors, nurses, medical staff, and researchers have been on the front lines in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and we are honored to partner with this amazing team of caregivers. Their recognition of the arts as a key component of well-being mirrors our belief in the arts as an essential element of life, and one that we want to share as broadly as possible with our community. We thank Stanford Medicine for their continued generous support and partnership.