The opening of the Bing Concert Hall in January 2013 marked the beginning of a new era in the arts at Stanford.
The university now has a performance venue equal to the aspirations of its students, faculty, and world-class visiting artists. Bing Concert Hall is the principal venue for events sponsored by Stanford Live, the university’s chief presenter of performing arts on campus. In addition to showcasing high-profile and emerging artists, Stanford Live serves as an incubator for new and commissioned works. The hall enables Stanford Live to engage a broader range of artists and more highly-demanded performers who can in turn work with students in master classes and other academic and residence-based activities. Its cutting-edge technical capabilities also allow for computer and multimedia productions that blend electronics with traditional instruments, recorded media, and physical movement.
Ticket sales only account for a fraction of what it takes to present our programs. That is why we are so grateful for the membership support we receive, which helps us to sustain and grow vital programs both inside and outside the walls of Stanford’s concert halls. These funds not only help underwrite the performance series but also support original student works and visiting artists, and serve the local community through our K-12 student matinees, teacher workshops, and in-school programs.
To ensure that students and faculty can create and perform works in the hall and that Stanford can bring in world-class artists for the campus and broader community. Gifts of $250,000 or more will be prominently recognized in the building.
Concert-quality instruments worthy of the hall are needed for both performances and practice. Gifts of $1,500 or more will provide instruments for the hall.