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Concerts

Chinese New Year Concert

Friday, February 3, 2017, 7:30pm

Chinese New Year Concert: Music from Shanghai

Featuring Symphony Silicon Valley and soloists from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Peking Opera Company

Center Seats $40, Terrace Seats $30 (Discounts for students available on ticketing website; Reserved Seating)


Join us for "Music from Shanghai" as we celebrate the Chinese New Year for 2017, the Year of the Rooster. This performance will feature Symphony Silicon Valley conducted by Jindong Cai, with a 120-person chorus from the local Chinese community, and a spectacular group of soloists from the renowned Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Peking Opera Company.
Shanghai is considered the cradle of Western classical music in China. The audience will enjoy the colorful music written and performed by some of the most celebrated composers and soloists from Shanghai. The following historical and significant pieces will be featured:

“In Memoriam” and “Nostalgia” (by Huang Zi, 1929)
“Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto (by Zhanhao He/Gang Chen, 1959)
Symphonic Peking Opera “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy” (from the Cultural Revolution, 1969)
“Qingming Festival in Tianjin” (by Shutong Li/Xiaogang Ye, 2012)
“Drinking Wine by the Stream Game” (by Guohui Ye, 2014)

Dancers Dancers

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2:30pm

Family Concert: Singing, Drumming, & Dancing from Iran (Presented by CEAS and Bing Nursery School)

Parents and kids of all ages are welcome at this special family concert, featuring renowned masters from Iran!


General $15 (Discount for Bing Nursery School families available on ticketing website; General Admission Seating)


Parents and kids of all ages are welcome at this special family concert, featuring renowned masters from Iran! This is an interactive concert that will introduce our families to amazing performing arts tradition from Iran. Some of the artists who will be joining us include dancers, drummers, and singers such as Sharokh Moshkin Ghalam, Sahar Dehghan, Zagros Trio Ensemble, and more.

Mojgan Shajarian

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Enchanting Melodies of Persia

Featuring singer Mojgan Shajarian with percussionist Pejman Hadadi and setar virtuoso Amir Nojan

Center Seats $40, Terrace Seats $30 (Discounts for students available on ticketing website; Reserved Seating)



Multi-talented singer Mojgan Shajarian will perform with a hand-selected ensemble that will showcase the living tradition of Persian classical music. Her singing will be joined by the drums of renowned percussionist Pejman Hadadi, virtuoso setar player Amir Nojan, and expert gheychak player Hamed Afshari for a rare collaboration that cannot be missed!

Performance, Academic, and Cultural Events

Monday, January 23 through Saturday, April 22, 2017

East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford

Exhibition: Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in Shanghai

Free and open to the public.

Located in the entrance hall of the East Asian Library, "Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China" features an exhibition of selected materials from the Mario Paci Papers, a collection of documents, photographs, and musical scores donated to Stanford University Libraries in 2013 by Floria and Alexander Zaharoff, Paci's daughter and grandson, with the assistance of Stanford professor Jindong Cai. This important collection of documents is held in Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, and has recently been digitized.
Mario Paci was born in Florence in 1878. He studied at the Naples Conservatory of Music as a child and went on to study at the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan. In December 1918 he traveled to Shanghai to perform a piano recital, and in 1919 he was employed as the conductor of the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra (now the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra), serving in this position for 23 years until 1942. Paci revitalized the orchestra during his tenure as its conductor, earning it the reputation of "the best orchestra in the Far East"; his contributions were so significant that this period in the history of Western music in China is sometimes known as "the Paci Era." He was also dedicated to musical education, promoting Western music to Chinese audiences, including Chinese musicians among the previously all-foreign Shanghai Municipal Orchestra, and playing an important role in the 1927 founding of the National School for Music, which in 1956 became the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Mario Paci passed away on August 3, 1946 in Shanghai. In October 2016 the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Stanford University Libraries, held an exhibit in the Shanghai Symphony Hall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of his passing. The East Asia Library, in partnership with the Music Library and the Center for East Asian Studies, is proud to host this exhibition of important historical documents, which attest to Maestro Paci's rich legacy in China.

This event is hosted by the Stanford East Asia Library and Music Library as a part of the 2017 Pan-Asian Music Festival.
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Monday, January 23, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm

East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford

Lectures: Western Classical Music in China

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided. RSVP by email here.

“Western Classical Music in China”
Jindong Cai, Professor of Music Performance, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

“Symphonic Music in 20th Century China: A Centennial Review”
Dr. Yandi Yang, Vice-President and Acting Library Director, Shanghai Conservatory of Music

This event is hosted by the Stanford East Asia Library and Music Library as a part of the 2017 Pan-Asian Music Festival.
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Monday, January 23, 2017, 4:00-4:45 pm

Toyon Hall, 455 Arguello Way, Stanford

Chamber Concert: The Songs of Mario Paci

Free and open to the public.

Christine Abraham, soprano
Laura Dahl, piano

The conductor/composer, Mario Paci, lived the last 25 years of his life in Shanghai after being a touring pianist in Europe and Asia. He composed 8 songs, which are in manuscript at Stanford Libraries Special Collections. The songs will be performed for the first time in over 100 years at the opening of an exhibit on Paci at the East Asia Library on January 23 at 4 pm. Also, the recital and the exhibit are the opening event of this year’s Pan-Asian Festival. Librarians and faculty from the Shanghai Conservatory and Paci’s grandson will be here for the exhibit opening immediately following the recital.

This event is hosted by the Stanford East Asia Library and Music Library as a part of the 2017 Pan-Asian Music Festival.
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Monday, January 23, 2017, 5:00-6:15 pm

East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford

Exhibition Opening: Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in Shanghai

Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served.

The East Asia Library will host a reception to celebrate the opening of this new exhibit, featuring remarks from Dr. Yandi Yang, Vice-President of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Alexander Zaharoff, a representative of the Paci family; and Jerry McBride, Head Librarian, Stanford Music Library. A short film, “Scenes of City Life,” featuring a soundtrack performed by the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra conducted by Mario Paci himself, will be screened. The opening of the exhibit is preceded by a recital of Paci's songs at 4:00 PM in Toyon Hall.

This event is hosted by the Stanford East Asia Library and Music Library as a part of the 2017 Pan-Asian Music Festival.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford

In a Winter Garden: A Contemplative Performance Work for Dance, Music, and Sculpture

Free to the public. There will be three performances of this production, each running 30 minutes in length.

Diane Frank, Dance Choreographer
Jarosław Kapuściński, Music Director
Will Clift, Sculpture Artist
Ko Ishikawa, Shô (Japanese mouth organ) Musician
Nao Nishihara, Sound Environment Recordings
Cora Cliburn, Katharine Hawthorne, Jessica Fry, Glory Liu,
Sydney Maly, Meg McNulty, Sarah Ribiero-Broomhead
, Dancers
Rylee Jackson, Technical Support

“In A Winter Garden” is both a music concert with dancers and a sculptural installation. The collaboration investigates the shared signature elements of Will Clift’s large-scale sculptures, Diane Frank’s site-specific choreography, and Jarek Kapuscinski’s music: intervals of balance, imbalance, and breathed connection within an ever-shifting environment. The performance explores Japanese aesthetics, particularly the Japanese concept of “ma”, a breath-related sense of interval in time and space. Both sculpture and movement will unfold within an enveloping ever-changing sonic environment. The winter sounds incorporated in the score were recorded by Japanese environmental sound artist Nao Nishahara in the Tohoku region of Japan after the tsunami. Japanese musician Ko Ishikawa, a master of the “sho”, an ancient Japanese wind instrument, will play in live performance. Seven dancers will explore the possibilities within a landscape of interlocking sculptural forms, not merely moving through it but actively creating and changing the sculptural elements in relation to the space, both configuring and traversing the permutations of that sculptural and sonic world.



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