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Opening lineup announced for Bing Concert Hall

Original post made on Feb 29, 2012

When Stanford University's new concert hall officially opens its doors in January 2013, the San Francisco Symphony and Los Lobos will be among the first acts to play the Bing.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 10:32 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Sherry, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

How magnificent!
We are so privileged to have Stanford's resources at our beckon.
looking forward to this wonderful venue.


Posted by George, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

> We are so privileged to have Stanford's resources at our beckon.

So why is the PAUSD spending 50+M (construction and bond financing) for a huge auditorium/theater for the Palo Alto High school, which is less than a mile from this new, beautiful, hall?


Posted by Yours is mine, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

"So why is the PAUSD spending 50+M (construction and bond financing) for a huge auditorium/theater for the Palo Alto High school, which is less than a mile from this new, beautiful, hall?"

Because PAUSD has limited to no access to this new, beautiful, hall. Why does Paly have a football stadium when Stanford Stadium is across the street?


Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of Community Center
on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

George,

As a parent of 2 PALY grads, one of whom was heavily involved in the performing arts (band and drama), I can tell you that the facilities supporting those programs at PALY are in desperate need of major improvement.

It also is difficult right now for there to be student assemblies at PALY, even by year, due to facility capacity limitations.

Stanford will manage this new, fantastic facility with a different mission. Conflagrating what they are doing on the Stanford campus with facilities for high school students is disingenuous.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

You made my day Paul, with the first word of that last sentence.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Yes - Paly is overdue for a modern and appropriately sized theater and performing arts venue. Gunn has been fortunate to have such a facility for over 40 years.

Not bring up bad feelings with the Borders/Varsity crowd - but now that you see what Bing will bring to the community, it really doesn't make sense to try and force Borders/Varsity back to a theater at this point.


Posted by pa parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm

George,
Stanford facilities are for Stanford activities only. They don't rent out the facilities for PA schools. As a PAUSD parent who isn't even in the Paly area, I am looking forward to this facility which will be a unique community asset. Stanford facilities are not available for community events, but (when available) school facilities are.


Posted by pa parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Crescent Park,
The Gunn facility is in great need of improvement. But you're right, compared to what's at Paly, it seems modern. Its cavernous, though. Compare how it feels to Dinkelspiel, which has almost as many seats.


Posted by Dean, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

I think it's great that Los Lobos, one of the finest bands in the land, will be one of the first to perform at this new concert hall.


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