Karim Sulayman | Photo: Jon Wes

A. Jess Shenson Recital Series

Since 2005, the A. Jess Shenson Recital Series has brought extraordinary singers, pianists, and other collaborative partners to Stanford since its first season in 2005.

This recital series offers Bay Area audiences the opportunity to experience live vocal performances in the intimate setting of Campbell Recital Hall, conveniently located in the heart of Stanford campus. In addition to their recitals, artists give free masterclasses and question-and-answer sessions for Stanford students, enabling personal student and artist interaction. The public is welcome to attend these masterclasses. 

The A. Jess Shenson Recital Series is generously funded by the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds at Stanford University.

A. Jess Shenson Recital Series

W I N T E R   2 0 2 3

Karim Sulayman, tenor, with Danbi Um, violin, and Juho Pohjonen, piano
Thursday, January 19th, 2023

7:30–9:00 pm
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center

Tenor Karim Sulayman, whose “lucid, velvety tenor and pop-star charisma” (BBC Music Magazine) led to his first Grammy® win in 2019, joins forces with violinist Danbi Um and pianist Juho Pohjonen. Rising star Um was declared “utterly dazzling… [playing with] mesmerizing grace,” while Pohjonen has been hailed as “positively electrifying, the ideal blend of poise and passion” (Plain Dealer). Together, this extraordinary trio — who rarely performs together — will present an evening of romantic songs and chamber works. 

    •    Handel
: Süsse Stille
    •    Rameau
: Selections from Suite in A minor
    •    Ravel
: Tzigane
    •    Massenet: 
    •    Williams: 
Silent Noon / How Cold the Wind Doth Blow
    •    Schubert
: Ständchen / 
Im Abendrot
 / Die Forelle
 / An den Mond
 / An die Laute
    •    Kreisler
: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
    •    Strauss
: Morgen
    •    American Songbook
: April in Paris / 
I love Paris / 
La Vie En Rose

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S P R I N G   2 0 2 3

Benjamin Liupaogo, tenor, and Laura Dahl, piano
Sunday, May 7th, 2023

2:30 - 4:00 pm
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center

Benjamin Liupaogo currently is on the faculty of the Stanford University Department of Music as a Lecturer (Voice). He is an accomplished singer who has performed in Italy and throughout the U.S. He is currently an AGMA Tenor with San Francisco Symphony Chorus. While earning his Graduate Performance Certificate from DePaul University, he was the assistant to the Director of the Musica nelle Marche summer program in Urbino, Italy, and performed in many Italian cities. He is a Pacific Islander Samoan and a San Francisco Bay Area native tenor who is a well-versed classical musician. Benjamin has performed throughout a variety of professional companies and organizations in opera, musical theater, concerts, recitals, chamber ensembles, and choral ensembles. Benjamin is also a collaborative pianist, voice teacher, piano teacher, repetiteur, vocal coach, church musician, and music director/conductor for musical theater, opera, and choral ensembles. 

Pianist Laura Dahl is an active international performer and educator, appearing in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall and Stern Grove Festival, Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Henley Festival in Great Britain. A specialist in collaborative performance and chamber music, Dahl is the founder and artistic director of Music by the Mountain, a chamber music festival in Northern California, and the A. Jess Shenson Recital Series at Stanford University. Dahl is a member of the Music faculty at Stanford University, where she teaches collaborative and solo piano, chamber music, art song interpretation, and diction. She has also taught at the New England Conservatory of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the New National Theatre Young Artists Training Program in Tokyo, Japan. A graduate of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program, Dahl served as Assistant Conductor for Western Opera Theater and was Associate Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. She has been a coach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan Opera Theater. She was an invited fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center for two years, in addition to studies at the Banff Academy of Singing (Canada) and the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). 

P R O G R A M to be announced

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