Bing's Fifth Anniversary
“Isn’t this exciting?” San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas gushed to the opening-night audience. (Image credit: Steve Castillo)
January 11, 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of Bing Concert Hall’s opening. As we blow out our five candles, it’s a time to think about some other exciting numbers. Over the last five years, Bing has hosted over 500 events, and we’ve issued over 275,000 tickets!
Bing has been a place to experience astonishing artistry, with performances by musical legends such as Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, and Philip Glass.
Technically, the first performance occured In June 2012 when the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) played a private concert for the Hall's construction crew. (Image credit: Joel Simon)
We’ve experienced unique programs that could only take place in Bing, whether looking forward with world premieres, or closing our eyes to experience ancient Byzantine chant in the digitally simulated acoustics of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia.
Country and pop music star Sheryl Crow performed a sold-out show in October 2014, after meeting with Stanford students (Image credit: Joel Simon)
Bing has revealed possibilities we couldn’t have imagined when it opened, from last summer’s mini re-creation of Woodstock on the lawn to the new cabaret space we’ve created in the Bing Studio.
Students yell out a big Stanford cheer before the start of performances during the Senior Arts Gala in 2014.
And it’s been a place to have fun! After a stellar cabaret set, Tony-winning actor Alan Cumming even celebrated his own birthday by DJing a dance party in the lobby until the wee hours.
We wouldn't be able to celebrate any of this without our generous donors. We are deeply grateful to the inaugural Bing Concert Hall donors, whose initial gifts made the building of the hall possible; to our generous Bing Experience Fund donors whose endowment gifts have supported access and programming at Bing; and to all our Stanford Live donors whose ongoing gifts to our Annual Fund continue to make Bing Concert Hall a home for amazing arts experiences.
Bing Concert Hall on opening night, January 11, 2013. (Image credit: Steve Castillo)