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Paul Phillips conducts the Philharmonia's Fall program:

The Friends of Music at Stanford present their annual holiday showcase in Memorial Church featuring the Stanford Philharmonia, Early Music Singers, and organist Ethan Chi.

Paul Phillips conducts the Philharmonia's Spring program:

– J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major   Robin Sharp, violin soloist

– J.S. Bach, orch. Webern: Ricercar a 6 from “Musical Offering”

– Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat, “Dumbarton Oaks”

– Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D Major

This Stanford Philharmonia concert, led by Music Director Paul Phillips, opens with Lyric for Strings by George Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and widely regarded as the dean of African-American composers. Concerto Competition winner Patrick Worasaran performs Frédéric Chopin's First Piano Concerto, and SP Assistant Conductor Chris Yoon conducts the sunny Serenade for 13 winds, composed at the age of 17 by Richard Strauss.

Canadian violinist Lara St. John, with the help of members of the Stanford Philharmonia, performs the score at a screening of The Red Violin, an engaging film about an antique instrument made in Cremona, Italy. The story follows this violin’s odyssey from Europe to modern Montreal, tracing its path through four centuries and five countries and bringing ill fortune to all who play it. Can the curse be broken?

This film is rated R.

The husband-wife duo of violinist Owen Dalby and violist Meena Bhasin perform Mozart's great Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, to open this Stanford Philharmonia concert, followed by the West Coast premiere of a composition by Anthony Burgess, the British composer-novelist best known as the author of A Clockwork Orange. 2017 marks the centenary of Burgess (1917-1993), who composed Petite Symphonie pour Strasbourg in 1988 to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the founding of Strasbourg. Schubert's Symphony No.

Paul Phillips

Appointed Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor (Teaching) of Music at Stanford University in 2017, Paul Phillips is a conductor, composer, and author who has conducted more than 60 orchestras, opera companies, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Opera Providence, as well as numerous choruses.

Anna Wittstruck, conductor


  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in
    C minor 
    with Taide Ding, piano
    (2016 Mozart–Haydn Concerto Competition Winner)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drumroll”

The Stanford Philharmonia showcases San Francisco talent in a varied and evocative program of French and Spanish music, featuring Ensemble SF – the Bay Area's new hip chamber collective – in a world premiere for piano trio and orchestra by local composer and clarinetist José González Granero, along with mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, who lends her gorgeous voice to sing Berlioz's Les nuits d

Anna Wittstruck conducts the Stanford Philharmonia for a romantic weekend of music by Brahms, Beethoven, and Saint-Saëns. Featured piano soloist Niuniu Teo was first-place winner of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra's 2015 Concerto Competition.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op. 43
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minorwith Niuniu Teo, piano
  • Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11


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