The Now Hear Ensemble will present the first installment of the "Not for the Ears Alone" series, featuring music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. "Not for the Ears Alone" is a quote from Björn Heile, who used it to describe the music of Mauricio Kagel during the 1960s. The Ensemble finds a connection between those works by Kagel — usually referred to as “instrumental theater" — and the spirit of the works included in this series. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, the Ensemble will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.
Basica presents us with a futurist tale showcasing an eSport music competition. Shlomowitz and Diels combine gestures and sounds in their sampler-inspired works. Llach and Goldberg depict life cycles by exploring contrasts in audio and visuals. Jacob TV and Nas delve into the connection between language and music by manipulating voice samples from life-sentenced prisoners and unveiling confessions that cool-headedly dissect and expose human morality.
How fortunate we are to have the St. Lawrence String Quartet in residence at Stanford. Now in its 17th year here, the Canadian ensemble plays a vast range of music with elegance and aplomb, from the classic repertoire to new works written for it by some of the most celebrated composers in contemporary music, among them John Adams and Osvaldo Golijov.
The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) presents electronic chamber music by members of the SLOrk ensemble and seminar, exploring new sounds and musical spaces crafted for laptops, humans, and hemispherical speaker arrays. Featuring works and performances by Jack Atherton, Paul Batchelor, Arushi Jain, Sanjay Kannan, Guiliano Kornberg, Trijeet Mukhopadhyay, Tim O'Brien, Alison Rush, Kitty Shi, Chryssie Nanou, Ludwig Schubert, Nathan Tindall, Ge Wang, Ben Williams, and Matt Wright.
Schoenberg’s 1913 Scandal Concert at Vienna’s Musikverein earned its name when a fight broke out and the concert had to be stopped, resulting in multiple arrests. The audience complained that the music was more noise than music and therefore unfit for a concert hall; Schoenberg and his circle argued that it was illegal for an audience to make that kind of noise in a concert hall. This paper considers a notorious scandal concert within the context of the burgeoning anti-noise movement in Central Europe.
Joy H. Calico is Professor of Musicology and Director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University, and incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. She is the author of Brecht at the Opera (2008) and Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘A Survivor from Warsaw’ in Postwar Europe (2014), both from University of California Press.
This screening of the film Free to Rock: How Rock and Roll Helped End the Cold War will by followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ambassador Michael McFaul and including the film's director, Jim Brown, and one of its producers, Nick Binkley.
Free to Rock explores how American rock and roll music spread like a virus across the Iron Curtain in the last half of the 20th century. As rock and roll was pumped into the Soviet Union by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, inspiring thousands of underground rock bands and their tens of millions of passionate supporters. Their enthusiasm for rock and roll became a youth movement that openly defied the Communist government. During Glasnost, President Gorbachev rolled back the controls on rock and roll, creating cracks in the totalitarian system. Cultural diplomacy played as much of a role as the trillions of dollars spent on weapons to bring an end to the totalitarian Soviet Empire and the Cold War.
Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, University Organist, presents the complete works of Maurice Duruflé.
Dr. Robert Huw Morgan is the University Organist at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1999. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from Cambridge University and in 1989 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Between 1985 and 1988, he was an Organ Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, where his duties included playing the organ for the daily services in the College Chapel, and assisting in the direction of the celebrated choir of boys and men. During that time, he studied organ repertoire with the great British virtuoso, Nicholas Kynaston, and improvisation with Nigel Allcoat.
In July 1999, he was awarded two doctorates in Organ Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle, where his teachers were Professors Carole Terry (organ) and Peter Eros (conducting). From 1994 to 1996, he was staff piano accompanist at the University of Washington School of Music and thereafter, for three years, was Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and Opera.
He performs a wide repertoire of organ music, from the earliest sources to contemporary music. In 2005, Dr. Morgan performed the complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the landmark Fisk organ at Stanford University. In the academic year 2010-2011 he performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, a series of fourteen concerts celebrating the twenty-fifth birthday of the Fisk organ.
As both an accompanist and soloist, he has toured in Europe, America, and Australia and has recorded performances for BBC Television and Radio, as well as television and radio stations in the U.S., Australia, and Canada.
In addition to his duties as University Organist, he also holds the positions of Lecturer in Organ, Director of the Stanford University Singers, and Director of the Memorial Church Choir.
Renowned violinist Peter Zazofsky will present this masterclass for Stanford violin students. He is Professor of Violin and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the Boston University School of Music. He also serves as Director of the String Quartet Workshop at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Zazofsky has enjoyed a career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator that spans 20 years and 30 countries on five continents. He has performed with many of the great orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, in collaboration with maestros such as Tennstedt, Ozawa, Ormandy, Kurt Sanderling, and Charles Dutoit.
Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, will present this trombone masterclass, including his own performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Nessun dorma from Turandot and Arthur Prior’s Thoughts of love. Trombone students will play music by Alexander Lebedev, Stjepan Šulek, and Lars-Erik Larsson, with feedback from Mr. Alessi. Pianist Lori Lack will provide accompaniment.
Mr. Alessi is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber music performer. Mr. Alessi has been a guest soloist with the Lincoln Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, Mannheim National Theater Orchestra, National Symphony of Taiwan, Puerto Rico Symphony, Hague Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Hartford Symphony.
He is a founding member of the Summit Brass ensemble at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Tempe, Arizona. Mr. Alessi is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given masterclasses throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. He has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own), and the U.S. Marine Band (President's Own).
In 2002, Mr. Alessi was awarded an International Trombone Association Award for his contributions to the world of trombone music and trombone playing.
The program Monologues and Metamorphoses will include contemporary pieces for "small forces" featuring Bethanne Walker, flute; Vanessa Langer, soprano; Joanne De Mars, cello; and McKenzie Camp, percussion – all members of Wild Rumpus, a San Francisco-based new music ensemble.
The performance will be below the Forbes Family Cafe. Please bring your lunch and sit on the stairs.