Public invited to attend February arts residency lectures, readings and more

As part of partnership between university and Public Theater, alumnus David Henry Hwang to workshop new play

Four campus residencies in February—featuring hip-hop performance artist Jerry Quickley, pianists Anthony de Mare and Steven Mayer, playwright David Henry Hwang and percussionist Kenny Endo—will be accompanied by a wide range of events, many of which are free and open to the public. Complete information, including ticket information for performances, is available at

De Mare and Mayer will be on campus with classical music scholar Joseph Horowitz in early February for an arts residency celebrating American piano music. On Feb. 1, Horowitz will present a lecture, "Piano in the 21st Century," which will include a demonstration of keyboard techniques by de Mare from 4 to 6 p.m. in Campbell Recital Hall.

A performance and discussion, "Where Does Creativity Lie?"—featuring the Stanford Improv Collective, de Mare and Mayer, and works by composers John Zorn, Anthony Davis and Jelly Roll Morton—will be moderated by Horowitz and Mark Applebaum, assistant professor of music, on Feb. 2 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Campbell Recital Hall.

"The Black Virtuoso Tradition in American Piano Repertoire," a keynote address by Horowitz, will precede a concert presentation, "The American Piano," on Feb. 3 in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Horowitz's remarks will begin at 6:45 p.m. (The discussion is free, but tickets are required for the 8 p.m. performance.)

At 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Los Angeles radio host Jerry Quickley will present his one-man solo narrative Live from the Front, which is based on war stories that Quickley collected from Iraqi citizens while traveling through Iraq both before and during the U.S. occupation. (Tickets are required.) A free post-performance discussion with Quickley will be moderated by Harry Elam, chairman of the Department of Drama. Earlier in the day, Quickley will speak at the noon lecture series, "What Matters to Me and Why," in Memorial Church. At noon Feb. 8 in Pigott Theater, he will discuss issues of the arts and civic dialogue in a lecture sponsored by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA).

Playwright David Henry Hwang, a 1979 alumnus and the author of M Butterfly, will workshop his new play, Yellow Face, an exploration of cultural identity and racial politics in America, during a weeklong campus residency. The residency is a partnership between Stanford and New York's Public Theater. Staged readings of Yellow Face will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 12, 15 and 16 at Roble Studio Theater. Hwang also will participate in the Stanford Writing Center series, "How I Write," at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in Cubberley Auditorium, and in the IDA lecture series, "Creative Works, Creating Change," at noon Feb. 15 in Pigott Theater. Former IDA resident artist Stan Lai and Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, will join Hwang on the Feb. 15 program to discuss issues of diversity, race and culture.

Kenny Endo, who will perform with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble during the Pan-Asian Music Festival Feb. 17-24, will participate in a post-performance discussion on Feb. 23 in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The discussion will be moderated Steve Sano, associate professor of music. On Feb. 24, Endo and the Stanford Symphony will hold an open rehearsal of Takeo Kudo's Let Freedom Ring from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.