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The Stanford Symphony Orchestra welcomes its new conductor, Paul Phillips! The SSO opens its 2017-18 season with music from France and Russia, along with a work by the acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, a Helsinki native who has lived in Paris since 1982, bridging both musical worlds. Her "oceanic" tone poem, Ciel d'hiver ("Winter Sky"), beautifully complements Debussy's La Mer. Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky's "Rococo" Variations, performed by Concerto Competition winner Danna Xue, round out the program.

The annual Halloween Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Symphony will include music from Game of Thrones, The Wizard of Oz, Phantom of the Opera, and Hamilton, and more. Plus, the ever-popular Costume Competition, making this a concert you won't want to miss!

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 conducts the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s program featuring musical repertoire selected for its Cuba-Mexico tour, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, the electric Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, a Cuban rumba, and premieres of new works by Stanford faculty members Mark Applebaum and Giancarlo Aquilanti.

Note: This event has been moved from 7:30 to 3:30 due to Frost Fest taking place the same day.

Anna Wittstruck conducts the Stanford Symphony Orchestra’s program featuring musical repertoire selected for its Cuba-Mexico tour, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, the electric Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, a Cuban rumba, and premieres of new works by Stanford faculty members Mark Applebaum and Giancarlo Aquilanti.

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Stanford Symphonic Chorus, University Singers, and Silicon Valley Boychoir for Orff's scenic cantata Carmina Burana.

Stephen Sano and Anna Wittstruck, conductorsRobert Huw Morgan, University Singers directorJulia Simon, Silicon Valley Boychoir artistic director

Soloists:Amy Kyung Min Lee, sopranoDavid Wilson, tenorIgor Vieira, baritone

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Stanford Symphonic Chorus, University Singers, and Silicon Valley Boychoir for Orff's scenic cantata Carmina Burana.

Stephen Sano and Anna Wittstruck, conductorsRobert Huw Morgan, University Singers directorJulia Simon, Silicon Valley Boychoir artistic director

Soloists:Amy Kyung Min Lee, sopranoDavid Wilson, tenorIgor Vieira, baritone

Anna Wittstruck conducts the SSO's program featuring guest soloist Vivian Lou, piano

Program

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Anna Wittstruck conducts the SSO's program featuring guest soloist Vivian Lou, piano

Program

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Symphony join forces for this annual Halloween event featuring music ranging from Saint-Saëns to Star Trek. Come as your alter-ego and participate in the costume contest — the winner gets to conduct the orchestra!

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