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Serena Wong
Serena Wong is a music editor at the Stanford Daily. She is a sophomore from Los Angeles, Calif, majoring in CS. To contact her, please email serenaw 'at' stanford.edu.

Critic’s Pick: Jai Wolf, Live in San Francisco

As many of you know, this upcoming weekend’s big event is Frost, featuring headliner Fetty Wap. But for those of you looking to get an early start on a weekend of exciting live performances, EDM artist Jai Wolf will be performing in nearby San Francisco this coming Thursday and Friday. This up-and-coming producer is definitely…

Stanford Live: Looking ahead to next fall

Stanford Live recently released the calendar of performances for its fifth season, and once again, it’s booked some of the biggest names in music. What should you keep your eye on for fall quarter? Philip Glass (9/29) Those of you unfamiliar with Philip Glass may instead be familiar with the 1998 film “The Truman Show,” or…

Midori. Enough Said.

One measure of success few artists reach is recognition from their first name alone — think Michelangelo, or even Madonna. Violinist Midori Goto, simply known as Midori, has achieved that level of acclaim, and then some. This past Sunday, she put that talent on display at Bing, performing to a sold-out concert hall. She began…

World-class pianist Murray Perahia charms Bing

The Bing staff really broke out the big guns when they managed to book American pianist Murray Perahia for a performance last Thursday night. Perahia is hailed as one of the most sought-after pianists of our time: He has won three Grammy Awards, seven Gramophone Awards, holds an honorary doctorate from five universities including Juilliard…

NTUE Orchestra closes the distance between East and West at Dink

If you’re ever wandering around Stanford, keeps your ears open, especially if you find yourself near Dink — you never know who might be performing. This past Wednesday night, the Department of Music from the National Taipei University of Education (NTUE) brought a fusion of East and West to Dinkelspiel Auditorium as part of their…

Your weekend plans: The White Panda at Sprung

Come celebrate the first weekend of spring quarter at the Sprung Music Festival with headliner The White Panda. The annual music festival, put on by the Stanford Concert Network, will also feature a number of student groups in a Battle of the Bands to decide who will play at the Frost Music and Arts Festival in…

Taiko ensemble Yamato delivers a powerful performance

“Please enjoy with your whole body.” With these opening words, Memorial Auditorium went black as members of Yamato stepped onstage. This past Saturday, Yamato, a Japanese taiko group, continued its tour of the U.S. at Memorial Auditorium. The group was founded in 1993 and has since been invited to 53 countries, attracting 6 million viewers. Even in…

Sarah Reich: Tapping in for a terrific time

Renowned tap dancer Sarah Reich packs quite a punch — or rather, stomp. This past Saturday, Reich brought her Tap Music Project to Stanford at the Elliott Program Center, putting on a show courtesy of the Stanford Jazz Consortium. Reich’s sold out performance consisted of a capella tap as well as original works with her…

Davenport Landing hits the ground running

After less than a quarter with all of its four members, Davenport Landing hit the ground running this year, booking and performing at five gigs with more down the line. The group — lead guitarist Brandon Warren ‘18, drummer Adam Ellner ‘18, bassist Roger Romani ‘18 and rhythm guitarist James Ordner ‘18 — came together piece…

Stanford Symphony Orchestra fills Bing with feeling

The Bing Concert Hall’s acoustics are incredible, but last Saturday night, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) reminded me just how incredible they can be with a talented group. SSO used the impressive venue to its full potential in its first Bing concert of the year, one of two identical performances to take place over the weekend.…

Davenport Landing is your new favorite student band

Last Friday, Davenport Landing brought students together for a night of good food and great music at Kimball’s Guac ‘n’ Roll. The self-proclaimed hard rock band provided a refreshing contrast to the electronic/alternative rock/R&B student music groups on campus. Lead guitarist Brandon Warren ‘18, drummer Adam Ellner ‘18 and bassist Roger Romani ‘18 formed Davenport…

Treasure Island day two: That’s a wrap

Day two of the Treasure Island Music Festival (TMF) promised a more chill, indie atmosphere with artists like Viet Cong, Jose Gonzalez and Lower Dens. Here are some of the highlights: Father John Misty Folk rock artist Father John Misty (FJM) captured his audience from the start with his wild antics onstage — dancing with…

Electronica reigns supreme at Treasure Island day one

Thanks to $10 all-day parking and a complimentary shuttle service, the journey to Treasure Island Music Festival (TMF) was relatively painless for photographers, critics and festival-goers alike. While his trademark laid-back beats and blissed-out vibe kept the crowd engaged, encouraging dancing and a high-energy atmosphere, Cashmere Cat struggled to maintain rhythm long enough for the…

Weekend preview: Treasure Island Music Festival

If you enjoy a wide variety of musical artists and genres, have never been to Treasure Island, or are just looking for something cool to do this weekend, check out this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival (TMF). The annual festival features several prominent names in the music world, including its buzzed-about headliners, Deadmau5 and the National.…

Conspiracy in Concert: Darcy James Argue at Bing

A grainy loudspeaker repeats the same numbers over and over. People in trenchcoats cluster around a single, harsh light, huddled together and focusing intently. The rest take their seats onstage — and the Secret Society begins to perform. This past Friday, creator Darcy James Argue brought his 18-member ensemble, the Secret Society, to Bing Concert…

Musical giants Corea and Fleck keep audience on their toes

Eight years ago, pianist Chick Corea and banjo player Bela Fleck collaborated to create “The Enchantment,” an album of works for piano and banjo. On Friday night in Bing Concert Hall, the unlikely yet wildly successful duo was at it again, performing old favorites as well as entirely new works. Corea, hailed by some as the…

A democratic ensemble: The Stanford Collaborative Orchestra

To many, the phrase “conductorless orchestra” seems to be an oxymoron — but not to seniors Linda Yu and Stephen Koo. Two months ago, Yu and Koo founded the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra (SCOr), the university’s first student-led, conductorless orchestra. Numbering only 24 members, SCOr aims to give musicians a hybrid experience between that of a…

Taiko’s spring concert brings the boom

Stanford Taiko is not your average Stanford student group, or even your average taiko ensemble. The 23-year-old student group is the only collegiate taiko ensemble to perform at prestigious festivals in the US, the UK and Japan — and it’s not hard to see why. This past Saturday night, Stanford Taiko filled Bing Concert Hall…

Stanford Symphony Orchestra brings a taste of Germany to Bing

This past Saturday, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and the Stanford Symphonic Chorus (SSC) invited their audience to experience Germany during the time of Johannes Brahm. The sold-out concert featured Brahms’ “Academic festival Overture” and “A German Requiem,” with soloists Nancy Wait-Kromm and Kenneth Goodson for the overture. It was a treat to see Stephan…

Igudesman and Joo bring musical-comedy act to Palo Alto

Not many pianists will choose to clean the stage wearing a sexy apron in the middle of a concert, nor will many violinists perform with a six-inch bow. But for pianist Hyungki Joo and violinist Aleksey Igudesman, this is the norm. This past Saturday, the renowned musical comedy duo performed their show “A Little Nightmare…
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