Black Violin student matinee (Image credit: Joel Simon)


Student matinees cover a wonderful spectrum of art forms and world cultures, and include programs suitable for all grades.

Stanford Live matinee programs are open to all Bay Area K-12 schools and teachers. Tickets are just $7 each, with scholarship assistance available. To purchase matinee tickets for your student group or to participate in any of the programs below, please download our order form or contact Ben Frandzel at

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2017–18 Matinee Performances

Matinee tickets are just $7 each, with scholarship assistance available. Please see the attached order form for more information. If you have any questions about the performances, email or call 650.736.8768.

Akram Khan Company: Until the Lions 
Thu, Oct 26, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:05 PM | Memorial Auditorium 
Until the Lions adapts a portion of the epic Mahabharata, mixing Kathak and contemporary dance styles to tell this tale of transformation and justice exacted by the princess Amba when she is wronged on her wedding day. Suggested for grades 5-12. Download the order form.


The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder
Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Bing Concert Hall 
The Bard meets the big band! Marcus Shelby’s ace ensemble offers a rare performance of Duke Ellington’s suite inspired by Shakespeare’s characters and sonnets. Suggested for grades 4-12. See flyer for more information.

 Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra - Such Sweet Thunder


Gamelan Çudamani: Music and Dance of Bali 
Thu, Mar 1, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Bing Concert Hall
The extraordinary musicians and dancers of one of Bali’s finest ensembles guide students through the island’s celebrated arts and culture. Suggested for grades 1-12.


Machine de Cirque 
Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Memorial Auditorium 
This Quebec City–based ensemble asks if five guys can survive in a post-apocalyptic world, and answers with acrobatics, juggling, music, dance, clowning, and derring-do. Suggested for grades 2-12.


Rob Kapilow of NPR’s “What Makes it Great” and the Telegraph String Quartet
Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Bing Concert Hall 
In this highly interactive program, students will sing, clap, tap, and even conduct as we learn how Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is put together, guided by the inimitable Rob Kapilow. Suggested for grades 3-8.


2017–18 Teacher Workshops

Workshops take place in the Studio at Bing Concert Hall and are free and open to all teachers, whether or not your class is attending a matinee. To register, email or call 650.736.8768.

Rhythm of Math: Teaching Mathematics with Body Music 
Thu, Sept 28, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Led by Keith Terry and Chris Read 
This innovative program for grades 3-5 engages students in learning multiplication, fractions, division, ratios, proportions, and measurement by performing, studying, and composing rhythms! Perfect for the STEAM classroom. Participating teachers receive the Rhythm of Math book/dvd.

Kathak Dance in the Classroom 
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Led by Charlotte Moraga
Discover the beauty and virtuosity of the Kathak form of Indian classical dance, and learn how its complex rhythms relate to mathematics and how its narrative tradition is a model for storytelling through movement.

Duke Ellington, William Shakespeare, and the Blues
Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Led by Marcus Shelby 
In advance of our Such Sweet Thunder matinee, Marcus Shelby looks at the history of the blues and how both Shakespeare and Ellington created in the blues form. We’ll pick up that thread and try creative classroom approaches that connect music, history, literature, and theater.

Balinese Gamelan 
Mon, Feb 12, 2018, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Led by Sarah Willner
Educators will explore the vibrant artistic world of Bali in this immersive workshop and learn how to integrate lessons on Balinese music, dance, geography, history, and culture.

Circus Arts 
Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Led by Nikolas Strubbe
Connect circus history, clowning, juggling and more techniques to teaching concepts, and create new resources for classroom team-building and arts integration.

Curate Your Own Classical Music Concert 
Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Led by Armando Castellano
Master a series of fun, engaging, group-based activities that teach students to compose a piece of classical music by making sounds with their bodies, perform for their classmates, and be actively engaged listeners. 

Stanford Live's K–12 programs are generously supported by the Koret Foundation with additional funding provided by the Kinder Morgan Foundation and an anonymous donor.