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The world premiere of "The Demo" will be part of Stanford Live's 2014-15 season. (Photo: Valerie Oliveiro)

Stanford Live announces 2014-15 season

The upcoming Stanford Live season promises an eclectic lineup of more than 60 events. The offerings include the world premiere of "The Demo," commissions for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, a campus-wide examination of Haydn and a global exploration of water.

Stanford Live will broaden its performing arts offerings next season with a diverse array of music, dance and multimedia events The centerpiece of the 2014-15 lineup, announced Tuesday, April 22, will be a collaborative Arts and Ideas series around three key projects: the world premiere of The Demo, a visually immersive music-theater work based on Douglas Engelbart’s historic 1968 demonstration of early computer technology; The Nile Project, which explores water and sustainability; and Haydn – Patronage & Enlightenment, about culture and the arts in the late 18th century. Running from Sept. 21 to June 6, most performances will take place in Bing Concert Hall, with some in Memorial Auditorium and Memorial Church. 

“Stanford Live’s 2014-15 season, our third in the glorious Bing Concert Hall, embraces multiple visions and celebrates imagination and daring,” said Stanford Live's Executive Director Wiley Hausam. “We will be launching a live performance and learning program that is eclectic, enriched and evolved, and with over 60 main stage events, it is noticeably expanded as well."

Hausam noted that while classical music remains the core of the program – with such familiar artists as Chanticleer, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Emerson String Quartet – Stanford Live is committed to presenting the full range of music with an increased emphasis on contemporary programming.

"You will find global music with rising stars DakhaBrakha, jazz legends such as Dianne Reeves, performances of the American songbook, spoken word, puppetry, more dance and programs for families,” Hausam said.

Other highlights include a trio of commissions from composer John Adams and Stanford faculty members Jonathan Berger and Jarek Kapuscinski to celebrate the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s 25th anniversary; a season-opening concert by Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer; solo appearances by piano virtuoso Lang Lang, singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham; dance programs by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Compagnie Käfig; performances by the San Francisco Symphony, early music legend Jordi Savall, Brad Mehldau’s jazz trio; Dan Zane and Friends; and the puppetry theater group Blind Summit.

Hausam also noted Stanford Live will offer a new series of talks, panels and seminars to more fully explore key themes: “We believe Stanford’s unique intellectual life and the ideas embedded in the art can weave an even richer, unifying tapestry for the season. To that end we’ve conceived our new Arts and Ideas program.”

The series begins with Haydn – Patronage & Enlightenment, which will include three concerts Feb. 13-15, 2015, that offer a broad selection of Haydn’s music performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford Chamber Strings, the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Chorale. The series, a collaboration of Stanford Live, Music at Stanford and the Stanford Arts Institute, will include, classes, symposia and exhibitions. The Stanford Humanities Center will organize a program on patronage in the modern era.

In The Nile Project, scheduled for Feb. 18, musicians representing Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will bring musically diverse styles to Bing for a global conversation about water, conflicting interests, collaboration and sustainability. A pan-African percussion section will play ancient and modern instruments, joined by the voice of Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero.

The world premiere of The Demo, scheduled for April 1 and 2, 2015, reflects on a pivotal moment in Silicon Valley’s history. Douglas Engelbart’s 1968 demonstration of the fundamental features of personal computing in San Francisco was a watershed moment in the world of technology. The music-theater work, created by composer Mikel Rouse, performer Ben Neill and director Bob McGrath, reimagines his demonstration as a technologically infused music and media event that will showcase Bing Concert Hall’s capacity for immersive video. Hausam added, “What could be more Stanford or more Silicon Valley?”

Subscriptions for the 2014-15 season will go on sale to renewing subscribers beginning June 1, following a pre-sale period for Stanford Live donors and Bing Members.  Stanford faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to purchase new subscriptions on June 11. Subscriptions will go on sale to the general public on June 23. All subscriptions are “choose your own” and are available as a full (six or more performances) or a mini package (three to five performances). Visit live.stanford.edu for more information.

Robert Cable is the communications manager for Stanford Live.