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Linda Xia

Victor Lin’s experimental classical-jazz concert a success at the Stanford Jazz Festival

“You guys are my test audience,” said Victor Lin, Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty advisor and star of the night, within the first several minutes of his July 24 “Jazz Meets Classical” concert at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. He wore a half-apologetic smile. Casually dressed down in a two-piece suit, Lin explained the night’s experiment, which was to determine if he could find a synergistic middle ground between jazz and classical music. “Previous crossovers have yielded awkward hybrids,” Lin said. “Tonight, the verdict of Lin’s attempt — successful or not — rests in the audience’s hands. But please clap anyway,” he urged with a cheeky grin.
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