The Bing Concert Hall is still under construction at the east end of Museum Way and set to be finished in the summer. Grand-opening events will start Jan. 11 under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Stanford officials said this week.
Along with Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, opening night will also feature: a choral dedication with singers from the Stanford Chamber Chorale and Stanford Philharmonia; a Japanese-drumming processional by Stanford Taiko; and fanfares by high-tech composers from the university's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will also perform.
For attendees who don't score one of the Bing hall's 844 seats, the Jan. 11 event will also be simulcast to other campus venues.
The following day, Stanford officials will offer free performances by Stanford artists throughout Jan. 12. That night, Los Lobos will give two ticketed hour-long shows at the Bing.
Scheduled for Jan. 13 is an afternoon concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, with an evening performance by various groups and soloists of the university's music department.
On Jan. 16, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra brings its period instruments from the baroque and classical eras for a concert.
The events will be overseen by Wiley Hausam, the new managing director of the Bing Concert Hall, who took the reins last month. He comes from Purchase College in New York, where he was executive director of the Performing Arts Center.
Hausam has also served as executive director of the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, and as associate producer of four Broadway shows.
Visitors to the Bing Concert Hall will pass through a glass-enclosed foyer that will include space for talks and educational programs. Inside, they'll see an elliptical space with a "vineyard-style configuration": Terraced sections of seats will surround the stage. The hall will also include rehearsal and recording studios, along with a performers' lounge and garden.
Ennead Architects of New York City designed the $112 million venue, with acoustic design by the acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics in Tokyo, and theatrical design by Fisher Dachs Associates of New York, Seattle and the United Kingdom.
Stanford officials plan to have a variety of artists use the concert hall, including student groups, the Department of Music and visiting artists presented by Stanford Lively Arts. Season subscriptions for the hall will go on sale this spring.
At this point, Lively Arts concerts scheduled to take place in the new venue after the grand opening include performances by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the pianists Emanuel Ax and Jon Nakamatsu, and the percussionist Glenn Kotche.
The Bing hall, which will face the Cantor Arts Center across Palm Drive, is part of the Stanford Arts Initiative and one of a trio of new buildings planned. The new structure for visual art from the Anderson Collection is set to open in 2014, with the new McMurtry Building opening the following year to house Stanford's department of art and art history.
More information is at binghall.stanford.edu.