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The Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra were a hit at Bing last weekend

The Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra brought the American sound to life in its July 12 concert at Bing Concert Hall, receiving a richly deserved round of applause after each part of the program.

The orchestra began by performing “Overture to‘The School for Scandal,’Op. 5” (1931) by Samuel Barber. With rounded sounds, the piece effectively served as an efficient segue into the rest of the concert. From the dramatically askew chords in the opening to the playfully risky melody of the violins, the program had a mischievous tone. The oboe’s whispery tranquility was a buffer between the bold dynamics of the first and final sections.

I Love This City, After All

It was last weekend in the arid hills of Mountain View that the I Love This City Music Festiva – perhaps better dubbed I Love This Suburb after the venue change from the AT&T Lot to the local Shoreline Amphitheater – took place. Surprisingly enough, despite the countless organizational blunders, the festival managed to deliver a fantastic experience to the thousands who attended.

‘Black Love’ brings life to Valentine’s

It’s a wonder that students living in Toyon Hall ever get any work done. Performance groups of all types looking for a small venue with good acoustics gravitate to the all-sophomore dorm’s main lounge to host their events. The most recent group to throw their hat in the fray is the Black Student Union, whose event, “Let’s Stay Together: Black Love 2012,” packed that main lounge to capacity on Tuesday night.