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Music: Chick Corea

Jazz legend, composer and virtuoso Chick Corea will close out the Stanford Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9, with a rare solo piano concert at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.

Corea, who forged new ground in jazz while still in his 20s, has been nominated for 61 Grammy Awards and has won 20.

Working with Miles Davis in the 1960s, he helped create the birth of the electric jazz fusion movement. He formed Return to Forever in the 1970s, with innovations that made him one of the major jazz piano voices, and many of his compositions have become jazz standards.

He has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bobby McFerrin and many others in the jazz and classical music genres. The concert takes place at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St. at Museum Way, Stanford. Tickets are $15, $50, $75, $110 and $150. Corea will also be performing on Friday night, Aug. 8, at the San Jose Workshop All Star Jam. For information and tickets, go to stanfordjazzfestival.org or call 650-725-2787.

Dance: International festival

Put on your dancing shoes or dance in your bare feet. The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley will have its third season of dance workshops, open master classes and performances from Aug. 11-17 in Mountain View. This festival is the only one of its kind west of the Appalachians, organizers say, and it includes lessons and performances in tap, modern/Afro-Haitian, salsa, Manipuri (a classical dance form of India), modern ballet and line dancing.

The festival was founded to offer the general public opportunities to see professional dancers in a variety of dance styles and to participate in professionally led classes. All classes are mixed levels and are open to mid-teens to adults.

Intermediate to advanced dancers will have the opportunity to study technique and learn repertory, and they can perform the works of the artist/teachers in the Aug. 17 festival concert. The concert includes performances by professional dancers.

Classes are $25 each or all six for $84. The International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation. All classes and events are held at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View. For information or to register go to livelyfoundation.org or call 650-969-4110.

Photography: Illuminated landscapes

Vidya Narasimhan's landscape photographs, "Compositions in Light," use light as the most important vehicle to communicate her inner sense of spirituality, she says.

Narasimhan's expressive prints exhibit her landscape photographs across the U.S. and Australia: ethereal seascapes, the red glow of slot canyons and the majesty of deserts and forests. She revisits landscapes until she finds the right light to capture the mood of her surroundings and to convey a sense of awe while witnessing natural spectacles.

The show will be on display through Aug. 23 at Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto -- enter through Printer's Cafe -- on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For information go to galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.

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