A Letter from Executive Director Chris Lorway
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
It's hard to believe it has now been a year since we last welcomed an audience into Bing Concert Hall and other venues across the Stanford campus. What we initially thought was going to be a short pause has evolved into a prolonged silence. Now, as we enter a new phase of the pandemic, we are cautiously optimistic that this spring and summer we'll be able to start bringing people together to share in live performance. The Stanford Live team has been doing significant planning behind the scenes, and we are pleased to share some initial thoughts on how we hope to slowly reopen in the coming months.
In the interim, we continue to be busy creating exciting content for our digital season. This winter saw the launch of new films featuring Zakir Hussain and Kronos Quartet. And in March we'll release our most ambitious project yet, a poetic and musical examination of the life of activist Harriet Tubman featuring acclaimed Bay Area composer and bassist, Marcus Shelby.
On behalf of all of us at Stanford Live, I want to personally thank you for your continuing support as we learn, grow, and adapt during this challenging moment in history. Your positive notes and overall engagement have kept us focused on building community between you—our audience—and the artists we love.
Cover Illustration by Vanessa Chung