Frost Amphitheater

Frost Amphitheater reopened for a concert series on July 1, with a just-announced line-up of August shows that includes Not Our First Goat Rodeo, a weekend of performances from the San Francisco Ballet, and more. Photo by Katie Haemmerle

Member Benefits for Our Next Season of Performances

As we look forward with excitement to the series of live performances at Frost Amphitheater this summer, we also look back at the past year with enormous gratitude for our Stanford Live members. The generosity of our supporters made our digital programming possible and sustained our organization through this difficult time. Now, with live concerts underway for the first time since March 2020, we are delighted to recognize our members’ support with a range of benefits in conjunction with our soon-to-be-announced 2021–22 season.

Stanford Live members have the earliest opportunity to purchase tickets for concerts all year round at Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater. Along with many other benefits, members at the $250 Supporter level and higher receive presale access ahead of the general public, with ticket sales opening up in tiers based on membership level each time we announce a new round of shows. Members will have the earliest access to a range of stellar performances as part of our 2021–22 season as well as programs announced later in the season that are sure to be in demand.

Members at the $100 Patron level and above can continue to enjoy complimentary access to a range of digital programs on our website, including new Stanford Live–produced short films featuring the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Bay Area folk duo Tuck and Patti. Members can also continue to enjoy an archive of our artist interview series, Backstage Pass, including conversations with singer-songwriter Martha Redbone, choreographer Kyle Abraham, and soprano Joyce DiDonato.

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


Celebrating a Gift in Support of Stanford Live’s K–12 Programs

When our region’s schools return to in-person instruction this fall, Stanford Live will support this transition with a continued range of diverse K–12 programming and an ongoing commitment to supporting equity in arts education. This will be made all the more possible thanks to the generosity of Stanford Live members Gretchen and Mark Schar, who recently made a significant gift in support of our K–12 programs.

Armando Castellano, founder of Quinteto Latino, makes frequent visits to Ravenswood City School District classrooms to teach and collaborate with students on music projects. Photo courtesy of Quinteto Latino

The Schars’ gift will provide essential support to our partnership with the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, where resident teaching artists Quinteto Latino contribute to the district’s arts programs with teacher training, collaboration with students on creative music projects, and interactive performances. The gift will also bolster our student matinees and teacher workshops on the Stanford campus as we bring back in-person programming.

Gretchen and Mark took the time to meet with our staff and discuss our programs at length, seeking to understand how their support could have an impact on our work in area schools. “As I look back, I think the exposure I had to music and playing an instrument at a young age were quite formative,” Gretchen commented. “Music engagement can teach life skills like discipline, teamwork, and communication. By supporting Stanford Live’s educational programs, we hope underserved children can have the same opportunity to grow from exposure and engagement to music.” 

If you would like to join Gretchen and Mark in supporting Stanford Live’s K–12 Programs Fund, please contact Nicola Rees, director of development, at 650.497.4809 or