Bing Concert Hall Building – Stanford Campus

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Bing Concert Hall Building

Concert Hall at Stanford Campus, California – design by Ennead Architects

28 Nov 2012

Bing Concert Hall Building on the Stanford Campus


Location: south of San Francisco

Design: Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects with Fisher Dachs Associates and Nagata Acoustics

Bing Concert Hall Stanford

The 842-seat Bing Concert Hall boasts an award-winning design team led by Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects, with acoustic design by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics and theatrical design by Fisher Dachs Associates. The 112,365-square foot venue will provide students, faculty, artists and the Bay Area community with an exceptional new resource for live performance and creative exploration.

Bing Concert Hall was created with the total audience experience very much at the forefront. Its seats are arranged in a “vineyard” format, with seating sections ringing the stage and beginning on the same level as the performance platform. The result will be a concert experience of unparalleled intimacy. Complementing the artistic presentations will be amenities such as customer-service areas to spacious restroom facilities, a café and a picturesque foyer that opens onto a graceful veranda. Wheelchair and companion seating is available at every ticket price level.

Bing Concert Hall Building Bing Concert Hall Stanford Bing Concert Hall
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A nexus of campus and community, the hall and its 2,375-square-foot studio will facilitate the practice and study of the performing arts while engaging the Bay Area. It will fill a critical need as a rehearsal, training and performance venue for students and other campus partners—including the Stanford Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra—in addition to the main Stanford Live presentations.

The opening of Bing Concert Hall is a milestone event in the university’s new arts district. Situated at the gateway to campus—with its main entry plaza facing the district’s existing anchor, Cantor Arts Center—it will form a trio of new buildings that include the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (opening in 2014) and the McMurtry Building, the new home for the Department of Art and Art History (opening in 2015).

The namesakes of Bing Concert Hall, Helen and Peter Bing, ’55, have a long history of supporting Stanford faculty, students, patients and the campus environment. Their commitment to the artsincludes support for the Department of Music, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Chamber Chorale and the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s residency, as well as for the Cantor Arts Center and art collections at the hospitals andBing Nursery School Project.


Bing Concert Hall is located on the Stanford University campus at 327 Lasuen Street (at Museum Way). Parking can be found in the new Galvez Lot (enter at Campus Drive and LasuenStreet) and on Lasuen Street, Museum Way, Roth Way and The Oval. In high-demand situations, parking farther afield can be found in Parking Structure 1, located at Campus Drive West and Roth Way; or in Parking Structure 7, beneath the Knight Management Center on Campus Drive near Serra Street.

Bing Concert Hall
photo © Ennead Architects, Aislinn Weidele


Updates announced for Opening Celebration including special guest mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade, “Bing Fling” performances as part of Community Open House and “Music of the House” showcase for faculty and student performers

Stanford, CA, November 27, 2012—Stanford Live will begin its inaugural season at the long-awaited Bing Concert Hall on Friday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. with a celebratory Opening Night Concert featuring master of ceremonies Anna Deavere Smith, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony with special guest mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade, the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ), Stanford Chamber Chorale and members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. The opening will kick off a weekend of events, including a free “Bing Fling” Community Open House, two performances by Los Lobos, an afternoon concert by the SLSQ and a free “Music of the House” showcase for Stanford’s Department of Music.

Stanford Live’s programs during the Opening Weekend of Bing Concert Hall will enable a wide range of audiences (approximately 4,500 people) to experience Bing in a multitude of ways—casually and formally—throughout and around the venue. High-profile performers will be welcomed alongside artists from campus and the community.

Friday, January 11

Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall will debut in grand style with a celebratory Opening Night program customized to the unique qualities of Stanford, Bing Concert Hall and the region. Prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance, Stanford Taiko—one of Stanford’s flagship ensembles—who ceremonially launched the hall’s groundbreaking event in May 2010, will lead a procession into the foyer from the outside arcade. Customized “Bing Tone” lobby chimes have been created by Sasha Leitman ’05 (of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) to then signal theaudience to walk into the auditorium.

Actor, author and former Stanford faculty member Anna Deavere Smith will preside as master of ceremonies, introducing performers at key moments. To showcase the hall’s audio systems,electronic Fanfares have been created by faculty composers Chris Chafe and Fernando Lopez-Lescano from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The concert will continue with Stanford’s Ensemble-in-Residence, the Grammy-nominated St. Lawrence String Quartet, performing Haydn’s String Quartet in F, Op. 77 No.

2. Stanford Live then welcomes the San Francisco Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas in John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Lou Harrison’s The Family of the court, from Pacifika Rondo and Debussy’s La Mer. As a special guest, mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade will join MTT and the Symphony in “Take Care of this House” from Leonard Bernstein’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The concert will conclude with the Stanford Chamber Chorale performing Hail Stanford, Hail. Other works to be announced will feature members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. The performance is sold out but a limited number of student tickets will be available through a lottery.

Saturday, January 12

On Saturday, the community is invited to experience the just-opened Bing Concert Hall in a daylong Open House called “Bing Fling” with free performances by Stanford and community-based artists who have been active partners over theyears. “Bing Fling” will be highlighted by two main stage presentations: “Sing the Bing” at 1:00 p.m. with Cantabile Youth Singers, Ragazzi Boys Chorus and Stanford Talisman; followed by “Play the Bing” at 3:00 p.m., featuring the Gunn High School Jazz band, the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SlOrk) and Stanford Taiko. Throughout the day, the hall’s rehearsal studio will feature a celebration in photographs and film called “Building the Bing.” The main stage performances are free but tickets are required. The day will culminate with two specially priced, one-hour evening performances by Los Lobos, at7:00 and 9:00 p.m., on the stage of Bing Concert Hall. Celebrating 40 years together, the roots-rock legends perform their Acoustic En Vivo program with selection from their Latin catalogue.

Sunday, January 13

Stanford’s Grammy-nominated St. Lawrence String Quartet—violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violist Lesley Robertson and cellist Christopher Costanza—launch their annual Sundays with the St. Lawrence series at 2:30 p.m. Joined by guest pianist and frequent collaborator Stephen Prutsman, the SLSQ performs Thuille’s piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 20; Haydn’s Quartet in G, Op. 77 No.1; and R. Murray. Schafer’s Quartet No. 3.

Later that evening, at 7:00 p.m., Stanford’s Department of Music will be showcased in a program entitled “Music of the House.” With expertise ranging from early music to electronic music, Stanford’s music faculty boasts a wealth of accomplished soloists, composers and ensembles who will take the Bing stage—including the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra (led by conductors Robert Huw Morgan and Jindong Cai), Stanford Choral Union, Stanford Jazz Sextet, Stanford Woodwind Quintet, Stanford Wind Ensemble, SLOrk and composers Mark Applebaum and Jarek Kapuscinski.

The program will feature Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2; Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music Robert Muczynski’s Quintet for Winds, op. 45; Giancarlo Aquilanti’s Divertimento for Band, Mark Applebaum’s Aphasia, Miles Davis’ “All Blues” and more to be announced. The performance is free but tickets are required.

Bing Concert Hall
photo © Ennead Architects


Stanford Live is a university organization with a multi-faceted and inclusive approach to creating, presenting, nurturing and celebrating the performing arts at Stanford. Stanford Live is the “new Stanford Lively Arts,” building on that organization’s more than 40 years of artistic presentations. Performances in the 2013 inaugural season range from Stanford’s distinguished resident ensemble, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, to renowned soloists—including pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma with pianist Kathryn Stott and violinist Midori with pianist Özgür Aydin—to new works commissioned and created especially for Bing Concert Hall—including two chamber operas from Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger—and a landmark collaboration between San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson.

The season also includes a 14-performance “Beethoven Project,” featuring the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra, led by Jindong Cai, with the award-winning pianist and Stanford alumnus Jon Nakamatsu. Other season highlights include a U.S. premiere by Steve Reich performed by Alarm Will Sound, as part of an all-Reich concert; a world premiere for percussion by John Luther Adams, performed by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche; and appearances by Cappella Romana, New York Polyphony, Mingus Big Band and, as part of a new partnership, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

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