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Marisa Lin
Marisa Lin is Music Desk Critic for the Stanford Daily. An undeclared freshman, she hails from Rochester, Minnesota. Contact Marisa at mlin3 'at'

CCRMA and SSO offer a wonderful glimpse into the universe

Cosmic activity prevailed at Bing Concert Hall last weekend. The Center for Computer Research for Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO), led by conductor Jindong Cai, presented a stellar program featuring new and old classical music enhanced by vibrant visualizations of our universe. The first half of the program involved a…

Siberian Front raises the roof at Sigma Chi

Celebrating its debut EP release, the student-led alternative rock band Siberian Front fired up the crowd last Friday night at Sigma Chi. Ever since its debut performance at the same place last February, Siberian Front has garnered a large following on campus, having previously performed at Wine and Cheeses, Beer and Pretzels and F*uck the Man…

Top 5 rising conductors of 2014

Transforming orchestras, winning international competitions, breaking gender barriers: that is just a sample of what young conductors are doing these days. 2014 was a thrilling year that marked the rise of many brilliant talents, but more importantly it brought to the forefront the touchy issue of gender in a field historically dominated by men. This is changing, however, as increasing numbers of female conductors prove their leadership skills and musical gifts as the heads of top orchestras.

The Brad Mehldau Trio enchants at Bing

One of the finest jazz pianists of our time, Brad Mehldau has captivated audiences with his ability to play different melodies in each hand simultaneously and his penchant for turning pop tunes into jazz standards. On Friday night, notes sparkled with ethereal quality as he, along with Larry Grenadier ’89 on bass and Jeff Ballard…

Poor pianos, poor practice: Low-quality pianos point to deeper problem

Although in recent years Stanford has attempted to increase its visibility in the arts by erecting several new state-of-the-art buildings for the arts, including Bing Concert Hall and the Anderson Collection, resources are still lacking at the student level, from the limited storage space in the Visual Arts Department to the scarcity of practice space for…

Pomplamoose returns to The Farm: A night of surprises

On Saturday night, pop duo Pomplamoose shined at Bing Concert Hall. Stanford graduates Jack Conte ’06 and Nataly Dawn ’09 put on a quirky performance, featuring original songs, covers and lots of audience participation. The couple met at Stanford University eight years ago when they started writing songs and making YouTube videos that showcased Dawn’s…

Daniel Pearl Concert bridges divides

I could not believe my friend had donned a bro-tank for the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert, an annual performance held in honor of the Stanford-graduate-turned-journalist slain in Pakistan while investigating the supposed connection between Al-Qaeda and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid.
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