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A. Jess Shenson Recital Series

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 the recital hall, conveniently located in the heart of Stanford campus. In addition to their recital appearances, the 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. 

All Shenson recitals and masterclasses take place in Campbell Recital Hall.

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

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Liesl Odenweller, soprano, with the Venice Music Project ensemble
Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 PM

ADVANCE TICKETS: GENERAL $18 | SENIORS $13 (ticket on-sale date TBA)

Liesl Odenweller, soprano, collaborates with the Venice Music Project ensemble for a program of works by 17th- and 18th-century Venetian composersIn 2012, Liesl was invited to co-found Venetia Antiqua with founding members of the prestigious Venice Baroque Orchestra as part of Venice Music Project in Venice, Italy. Other international concert engagements have included Mozart Mass in C Minor, Poulenc Gloria, Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Haendel’s Esther, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart Vespri Solenni e Requiem, Szymanovsky Stabat Mater, and Brahms Requiem; in concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Auditorium di Milano, and Teatro La Fenice with such orchestras as the Fenice Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly’s Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and the Neue Bachorchestra; with conductors including Sir Jeffrey Tate, Andrea Marcon, Gunther Neuhold, Romano Gandolfi, and Raymond Hughes; and with operatic stage directors Robert Wilson, Jonathan Miller, Paul Curran, Klaus Michael Grüber, and Thaddeus Strassberger. Her forthcoming engagements include performances in Europe and the United States of the original pastiche A Venetian Affair with Andrea di Robilant and Venetia Antiqua, as well as other concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Venice, Verona, and Rome.


About the Venice Music Project: In 2013, a group of internationally recognized musicians who live or studied in Venice, tired of traveling the world, decided to create a new musical reality in this amazing city. Specializing in concerts with historic instruments in the exact style of Vivaldi’s time, we quickly realized discovered, in the course of our “musical archaeology,” how many amazing manuscripts of music were forgotten in archives and libraries when the world went mad for Mozart! So we made it our mission to transcribe and start to perform them for the first time in hundreds of years! In 2018, Venice Music Project launches its new “Hidden Treasures” series, to feature some of the music we have discovered. Inspired by other international historic and artistic preservation endeavors, our mission has been expanded to help to fund the restoration of the beautiful and historic venues where we perform. In this manner, we hope to leave a greater Venetian patrimony for this and future generations to enjoy.

It is thanks to the strong musical traditions of Venice, sponsored by the families that were the backbone of the Republic of the Serenissima, that we have today’s music. Without Venetian Church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli, and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented, but also there would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even contemporary music as we know it.

Voice Masterclass with Liesl Odenweller
Monday, November 18 at 4:30 PM


This masterclass for Stanford voice students is free and open to the public.


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