Would you think of wearing 3-D glasses in a concert hall? You will for "Linked Verse," Stanford Live's big world premiere this season.
Stanford composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, a faculty member in the music department, has joined forces with the digital artists of the New York City-based OpenEndedGroup to create a multimedia concerto about the relationship between Japanese and Western cultures. The piece is billed as an "evocation of otherness and union" that looks at both the ancient and modern worlds.
The concerto will feature Maya Beiser playing the cello and Ko Ishikawa on the sho, a Japanese instrument of bamboo pipes. Their notes will be blended with voice, other sounds and live 3D stereoscopic visual projection incorporating photos and videos from Kyoto, New York and San Francisco. Performances are set for Dec. 7 and 8 in Bing Concert Hall. No need to bring glasses: Stanford Live's got you covered.
Other musical notables set to perform via Stanford Live this season include: violinist Itzhak Perlman and a myriad of prodigies on Sept. 22, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Sept. 29, fado singer Mariza on Nov. 1, violinist Joshua Bell on Feb. 8, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel on March 16, and soprano Deborah Voigt on April 11. (Bing Concert Hall members and performance sponsors can also catch musical-theater royalty Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin on April 26.)
For details on the season, go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-BING.
In bluegrass country, Redwood Bluegrass Associates kicks off its season with an unusual pairing: identical twin musicians, that is. The Canote Brothers (Greg and Jere) have been fiddling, strumming and singing together for years, including a 13-year stint on the NPR program "Sandy Bradley's Potluck." Now based in Seattle, they grew up in the South Bay.
The brothers are set to play RBA's home stage at the First Presbyterian Church at 1667 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View on Oct. 26. For the full season line-up, go to rba.org.
Also this season, it's birthday 50 for the Midpeninsula choral group Schola Cantorum, which celebrates its birthday with an anniversary concert on May 17 at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road. The program features works by founder Royal Stanton together with a new piece by Eric Tuan.
Other premieres at Schola Cantorum this season include "How Long We Wait," a new piece with oboe obbligato by Frank Ferko, a former Mountain View resident. It will be performed March 15 at the Los Altos United Methodist Church at 655 Magdalena Ave., and March 16 at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. Contact the chorus at scholacantorum.org or 650-254-1700.
Meanwhile, the Palo Alto music scene also boasts many student groups who regularly perform in this area (when they're not off touring internationally in the summer, as some of them do). They include: the Ragazzi Boys Chorus (ragazzi.org), the Silicon Valley Boychoir (svboychoir.org), the California Youth Symphony (cys.org), the Cantabile Youth Singers (cantabile.org), the El Camino Youth Symphony (ecys.org), the School of Rock Palo Alto (paloalto.schoolofrock.com), the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (pacomusic.org) and the iSing Girlchoir (isingsv.com).
Other highlights of the 2013-14 music season include:
The Aurora Singers
The annual winter concert for this community chorus is planned for 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, where it rehearses. 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, aurorasingers.net
Bay Choral Guild
The concert season in Palo Alto features a festival of Mozart's choral works in February and March, along with "Poet's Corner" performances in June: contemporary settings of poetry by writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Omar Khayyám and Shakespeare. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, baychoralguild.org
California Bach Society
First up for this Palo Alto choral group: a "Monteverdi Vespers of 1610" concert on Oct. 11-13, followed by "Christmas with Peter Warlock and Henry VIII" in December and "German Cantatas circa 1700" in February and March. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. 650-485-1097, calbach.org
California Pops Orchestra
The swinging Palo Alto-based orchestra kicks off its season Sept. 22 with a variety show of Big Band music, show tunes and jazz and pop songs, featuring pianist Chin Beckmann and theater singer Carly Honfi. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-856-8432, calpops.org
Chamber Music San Francisco
The February-May series in Palo Alto kicks off with the Eroica Trio on Feb. 10, followed by violinist James Ehnes on March 10 and the Vogler Quartet on April 7. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Organization contact: 415-759-1756, chambermusicsf.org
Fortnightly Music Club
This 100-plus-year-old organization hosts free concerts every two weeks, often featuring local musicians and composers. The season starts Oct. 6 at the Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. fortnightlymusicclub.org
A new string quartet by jazz artist and composer Julian Waterfall Pollack will be premiered by the Palo Alto-based Ives Quartet on April 25 and 27. He's a fan of both standards and minimalism. Before that, the season begins with a program of Britten, Puccini and Verdi on Nov. 1. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. 650-224-7849, ivesquartet.org
In April, the Midpeninsula community orchestra will premiere the fifth movement of Jeremy Cavaterra's "Monterey Suite." Each segment is dedicated to a spot in or near the county, including "The Aquarium" and "Steinbeck Country." Concerts are planned for 8 p.m. April 26 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley; and 2:30 p.m. April 27 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. mastersinfonia.org
Not just for summer anymore, the [email protected] chamber-music festival now regularly holds concerts in other months. Coming up: the Emerson String Quartet on Oct. 13, "Pianists in Paris" on Feb. 9, and pianist Alessio Bax on May 11. Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. 650-330-2030, musicatmenlo.org
New Century Chamber Orchestra
The University of Michigan's Michael Daugherty is the orchestra's featured composer this year, weaving music replete with American cultural references. The Sept. 26 concert, "Daugherty Perspectives," includes "Viola Zombie" (for two violas) and "Elvis Everywhere" (for string quartet and tape). At 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. 415-357-1111, ncco.org
New Esterhazy Quartet
The quartet's season of local concerts at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto kicks off this weekend, with a program called "The Cellist King: Music for Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia" offering up Haydn, Boccherini and Mozart on Sept. 15. 555 Waverley St. 415-520-0611, newesterhazy.org
Palo Alto Philharmonic
The first full orchestra concert of the season serves up ample dishes of Wagner and Verdi on Oct. 19, with soloists including soprano Juyeon Song and tenor Ben Bongers. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. paphil.org
The Los Altos symphony explores works by Ernest Bloch in its concerts with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus on Nov. 22 and 24. Baritone/cantor Stephen Saxon is also along for the ride. At Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University. 650-941-5291, peninsulasymphony.org
Peninsula Women's Chorus
Besides presenting a regular season of concerts on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, the group hosts a New Music for Treble Voices Festival each spring and invites other choruses to join in. Next year's festival performance is set for March 22 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. 650-327-3095, pwchorus.org
At the season opener on Oct. 2, the period-instrument orchestra features countertenor David Daniels and soprano Carolyn Sampson in Pergolesi's bittersweet "Stabat Mater." Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. The orchestra also performs several times at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall as part of the Stanford Live season. philharmoniabaroque.org
Saint Michael Trio
"Europe's Master Impressionist: The Genius of Claude Debussy" is the trio's Oct. 4 concert, which the musicians dub an "informance," complete with commentary and slides. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. saintmichaeltrio.com
San Francisco Early Music Society
Palo Alto concerts include "Venetian Christmas Mass" by the choral and instrumental group Magnificat, on Dec. 20 at the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave.; and the Galax Quartet with contralto Karen Clark playing "avant-garde from the 16th century and early music from today," on Jan. 31 at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave. 510-528-1725, sfems.org
Soli Deo Gloria
Something new for this choral group: traditional Christmas carols freshly arranged by Bob Chilcott, Michele Weir and Allen H. Simon, the group's artistic director. The holiday concert is Dec. 7 at the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave. 888-SDG-SONG, sdgloria.org
Stanford Jazz Festival
This annual array of performances, workshops, classes and jam sessions takes place on campus every summer, with many shows in Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Campbell Recital Hall and Bing Concert Hall. 650-736-0324, stanfordjazz.org
Stanford Music Department
The Now Hear Ensemble, a new-music quintet, is touring California music schools to work with local composers and perform their work and then recording the whole process as a documentary film. On Oct. 12, they'll be at Stanford, playing music by university composers Ivan Naranjo and Eoin Callery on the CCRMA Stage at The Knoll. Also planned: the university's annual "Harmony for Humanity" tribute concert to the late journalist Daniel Pearl, on Oct. 9 in Memorial Church. music.stanford.edu
Twilight Concert Series
The City of Palo Alto is one of many municipalities and malls offering a free outdoor concert series in the summer. Shows are typically in parks around town, often featuring rock bands, brass bands, jazz combos and teen garage groups. The schedule should be up next year at cityofpaloalto.org.
World Harmony Chorus
This community chorus is big on being inclusive: Singers of all levels are welcomed. This year's theme is "Love Songs," with tunes from Puerto Rico, Kenya, Finland and other areas and a concert set for Jan. 28. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. instantharmony.com
World Music Day
Musicians of all stripes and some dancers, too converge on downtown Palo Alto each Father's Day, playing free street-corner, sidewalk and plaza shows from the afternoon to the evening. Next year's event, the sixth one in P.A., is set for June 15. pamusicday.org
Other local venues for live music include:
CoHo Stanford Coffee House
The indie bean scene at the CoHo includes the San Diego rock band Never Come Down, scheduled to bring in its distorted-guitar sound on Oct. 1. 459 Lagunita #1, Stanford University. 650-721-2262, coho.stanford.edu
Community School of Music and Arts
Saxophones come in four varieties at the "Saxes for the Season" concert on Dec. 5: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. This show, one of several at the school's Tateuchi Hall, features faculty member Mark Russo. 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. 650-917-6813, arts4all.org
Red Rock Coffee
Upcoming: dobro musician Matt Bradford on Sept. 20, Celtic-folk player Jon Rubin on Sept. 27, Esther Berndt and her jazz band on Sept. 28, the jazz of The Night Quintet on Oct. 5, and many others. 201 Castro St., Mountain View. 650-967-4473, redrockcoffee.org
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
The season includes the Oct. 13 "Silicon Valley Schubertiade," a free musical "salon" concert with the piano, vocal and chamber music of Franz Schubert played by Patricia Cheng, David Saslav, Melissa Smith, Kevin Jim and Monica Chew. 500 Castro St., Mountain View. 650-903-6000, mvcpa.com
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Highlights include: the return of the popular multilingual performances of "Peter and the Wolf," on Dec. 15; Venezuelan music with the VNote Ensemble on Dec. 17; and Arts Bravura featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet on May 1. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. paloaltojcc.org