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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.

Stanford music scholar redefines the jazz and cabaret culture of 1920s Harlem

Friday, May 15, 2015

Research by Stanford musicology Ph.D. candidate Nate Sloan is highlighting the largely forgotten racist history of a legendary musical venue. A fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Sloan is studying the ramifications of a major paradox of the Cotton Club and similar Harlem cabarets: While black musicians provided the club's entertainment, black patrons were altogether barred from the shows.

SSO musicians visit Catalina Island High School

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Catalina Islander highlighted the Stanford Symphony Orchestra's visit to Avalon High School's music class, part of the SSO's schedule leading up to the annual Holiday Symphony Concert at Catalina Island Museum. “This was a chance to meet young musicians on the island and to introduce them to our instrument groups,” said conductor Anna Wittstruck.

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