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Earth’s Climate, Transformed into Sound

Monday, January 8, 2018

To conceptualize the speed at which our planet has changed over the past few hundred years, three UC Berkeley graduate students — Hal Gordon, Kate Pennington, and Valeri Vasquez — and CCRMA faculty Chris Chafe collaborated to create a piece of music based on global temperatures and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the most recent three centuries.

Professor Emeritus George Houle to be celebrated Saturday, April 1 at Memorial Church

Thursday, March 30, 2017

George Houle, Professor of Music emeritus, died in Palo Alto on January. 7, 2017. The Stanford Department of Music will present a memorial concert with the participation of Houle's colleagues, friends, and family in Memorial Church on Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow in Braun Music Center’s Braun Rehearsal Hall.

Eric Tuan and Convivium consider the #MeToo movement Sunday, May 13

The composer and choral conductor Eric Tuan — currently the Department of Music's Choral Studies Program Administrator, as well as a Music alumnus — is the director of music at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos. In acknowledgment of the #MeToo movement, Tuan's choral group Convivium will perform a concert program at Christ Episcopal at 4:00 pm Sunday, May 13th.

James Bond book by Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold appears in Greil Marcus's "Real Life Top 10"

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Last year's book by Stanford scholars Adrian Daub and Charles KronengoldThe James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism — a survey of five decades of music created for the James Bond film series — recently appeared in cultural critic Greil Marcus's long-running column, "


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