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The Engineers in the Arts Scholarship: Music lessons for Stanford engineering students

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Andrew Myers of Stanford News recently highlighted the Engineers in the Arts Scholarship that provides partial music lesson funding for declared engineering students. Both Stanford Engineering and the Friends of Music at Stanford fund this scholarship. Persis Drell, the current Dean of Stanford Engineering, is a cellist herself; she is one of what turns out to be quite a few engineers who have found a place for music in their lives.

Rufus Olivier: Nutcracker Survivor

Rufus Olivier — principal bassoon for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet, and Department of Music Lecturer (bassoon) — shared his Nutcracker war stories in the San Francisco Chronicle's recent feature by Allan Ulrich that highlighted a number of SF Ballet Orchestra members, all with many years of service in the pit for The Nutcracker. Says Olivier about The Nutcracker's composer, Tchaikovsky

Using James Bond movie themes to explain capitalism

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stanford scholars Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold have made the theme songs of James Bond movies a subject for humanistic inquiry in their new book, The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism. Stanford News writer Angela Becerra Vidergar talked to the two authors to get the deeper story behind the pop songs serving as themes for the long-running series of James Bond films.

Jonathan Berger's "My Lai" praised by San Francisco Chronicle

Monday, October 12, 2015

Stanford composer Jonathan Berger's new work My Lai, with libretto by Bay Area novelist Harriet Scott Chessman, received its premiere in Bing Concert Hall on Saturday, October 10, with performances by tenor Rinde Eckert, Kronos Quartet, and Vietnamese instrumental virtuoso Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ. San Francisco Chronicle music critic Joshua Kosman was there, and had this to say:

Alumnus Luke Dahl featured in University of Virginia's online quarterly

Luke Dahl (M.A., Music, Science, and Technology, 2005; Ph.D., Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics, 2015) currently is Assistant Professor of Music in the Composition and Computer Technologies program at University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Anna Katherine Clemmons's article, "From the Concert Hall to the Computer Lab," in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences's online quarterly publication Ampersand recently highlight

St. Lawrence String Quartet draws a crowd at the Anderson Collection

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kurt Hickman of Stanford News recently reported on the St. Lawrence String Quartet's July 9th free performance at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. The quartet featured a mix of classic and contemporary arrangements for a packed house, with the crowd not only filling all seats but making use of the floor as well. | See a short video at Stanford News.

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