2022-23 Season Preview

The 2022-23 season will bring a year full of enriching music for orchestra members and audiences alike! Programs by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia will present a wide range of music from Baroque to contemporary, including classical masterworks, recent works by a diverse assortment of composers, film music favorites, and works engaging pressing issues for our society.

Musicians who wish to participate in SSO and/or SP should fill out the 2022-23 Orchestra Participation Form. All new and returning members are required to audition. Auditions will take place September 19-25 in Braun Rehearsal Hall, with percussion and harps auditioning in Bing Concert Hall the evening of September 25. Here are links to the audition excerpts and the audition sign-up form

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra will waste no time getting started, presenting a joint concert with the University of Stuttgart Academic Symphony Orchestra at the end of the first week of fall quarter classes, on October 1 in the Bing Concert Hall at 7:30pm. This concert will conclude the Stuttgart Orchestra’s North American tour. The combined orchestras will perform two works together – Theme from Jurassic Park by John Williams, and Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms. The Stuttgart Orchestra will perform works from its tour including Tragic Overture by Brahns, Béla Bartók’s Viola Concerto, and Symphony No. 4 by Robert Schumann. Mihály Zeke, music director of the Stuttgart Orchestra, and SSO music director Paul Phillips will share the conducting duties.

On Friday, October 28, SSO will share the annual Halloween Concert with the Stanford Wind Symphony at 7:30pm in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The orchestra will play Randy Newman’s heartwarming tune “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story and Aaron Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo. On December 2 & 4, SSO will perform its Fall Concert, with a program of the Overture to La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi, Global Warming by Michael Abels, Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Concerto Competition winner Jessica Lee, and Symphony No. 1 by Lukas Foss to celebrate his centenary. Later this season, SSO will perform Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote with cello soloist Christopher Costanza, the oratorio A Knee on the Neck by Adolphus Hailstork with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus conducted by Stephen Sano, Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and additional works to be announced.

The Stanford Philharmonia will present its Winter Concert on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30pm in the Bing Concert Hall. The program will include the Chaconne from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1735 opera “Les Indes Galantes”, Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko, Baroque Suite and Church Street Serenade by Adolphus Hailstork, and Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 95 in C Minor. For the annual Holiday Musicale, SP will perform Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess and Hailstork’s Sonata da Chiesa, and later this year, SP will perform Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 2 in A minor and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503, featuring piano soloist Elizabeth Schumann, who has just been appointed Lecturer in Piano in Stanford’s Department of Music. Other works TBA will also be performed.

Orchestra Retreat will take place for the first time since 2019! It is for all members of SSO and SP, and will be held the weekend of October 15-16 at Monte Toyon in Aptos.

Paul Phillips is currently completing his second book, titled THE DEVIL PREFERS MOZART: Writings on Music and Musicians 1962-93 by Anthony Burgess, which will be published in March 2023. The book is a collection of about 75 of Burgess’s writings, which Phillips has compiled, edited, and annotated.

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Upcoming Concerts


Fall 2022

Akademische Orchester der Universität Stuttgart North America Tour Finale / Stanford Symphony Orchestra Joint Concert

Saturday, 1 October 2022 · 7:30 PM · Bing Concert Hall

Akademische Orchester der Universität Stuttgart · Mihály Zeke, conductor

Stanford Symphony Orchestra · Paul Phillips, conductor

JOHANNES BRAHMS Tragic Overture, op. 81 · BÉLA BARTÓK Viola Concerto · JOHN WILLIAMS Theme from Jurassic Park · ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120 · JOHANNES BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture, op. 80

Annual Halloween Concert

 Friday, 28 October 2022 · Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Stanford Wind Symphony · Russ Gavin, conductor

Stanford Symphony Orchestra · Paul Phillips, conductor

GIUSEPPE VERDI Overture to La Forza del Destino · MICHAEL ABELS Global Warming · AARON COPLAND Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo 

Stanford Philharmona Fall Concert

Saturday, 12 November 2022 · 7:30 PM · Bing Concert Hall

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Chaconne from Les Indes Galantes · ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Baroque Suite · ADAM SCHOENBERG Finding Rothko · ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Church Street Serenade · FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 95 in C minor

Stanford Symphony Orchestra Fall Concerts

Friday, 2 December 2022 · 7:30 PM · Bing Concert Hall

Sunday, 4 December 2022 · 2:30 PM · Bing Concert Hall

Jessica Lee ’24, cello soloist, Winner of the 2022 Concerto Competition

GIUSEPPE VERDI Overture to La Forza del Destino · MICHAEL ABELS Global Warming · EDWARD ELGAR Cello Concerto in E Minor, op. 85 · LUKAS FOSS Symphony No. 1 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth

Holiday Musicale

Saturday, 3 Dec 2022 · 2:30 PM · Memorial Church

Stanford Philharmonia · Paul Phillips, conductor

Stanford Chamber Chorale · Stephen Sano, conductor

MAURICE RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte · ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Sonata da Chiesa · HUGH MACKINNON Sleeps Judea Fair


Past Concerts

Summer 2022

Stanford Summer Symphony Concert

Friday, 29 July 2022 · 7:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Lisa Saito, violin soloist · Ricardo Martinez, alto saxophone soloist · Paul Phillips, conductor

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” · CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61 (1st mvt) · FLORENCE PRICE Dances in the Canebrakes (arr. W.G. Still) · CLAUDE DEBUSSY Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra (arr. Roger-Ducasse) · RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5 in D Major

Spring 2022

Black Lives Matter Concert

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 · 7:30 pm · Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Stanford Symphony Orchestra & Stanford Philharmonia

Joelle Lamarre, soprano · Paul Phillips, conductor

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK  Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed (Stanford Symphony Orchestra) · Tulsa 1921: Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust (Stanford Philharmonia)

Stanford Philharmonia Spring Concert    

Saturday, 21 May 2022 · 2:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Kristie Park ’24, flute soloist, 2022 Concerto Competition winner · Joelle Lamarre, soprano · Paul Phillips, conductor

LUIGI CHERUBINI   Medea Overture · CARL REINECKE   Flute Concerto in D major, op. 283 · FRANZ SCHUBERT   Symphony No. 4 in C minor, “Tragic” · ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK    Tulsa 1921: Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust (West Coast premiere)

Spring Concert

Friday, 13 May 2022 · 7:30 pm & Sunday, 15 May 2022 · 2:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall ·

Stanford Symphony Orchestra with the Stanford Symphonic Chorus

Esther Tonea, soprano · Malin Fritz Walrod, mezzo-soprano · Paul Phillips, conductor

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK    Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed · GUSTAV MAHLER   Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Winter 2022

Stanford Symphony Orchestra Winter Concerts     

Friday, 4 March 2022 · 7:30 pm & Saturday, 5 March 2022 · 7:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Addison Jadwin ’23, viola soloist – 2020 Concerto Competition Winner · Paul Phillips, conductor

GEORGE WALKER   Icarus in Orbit · WILLIAM WALTON   Viola Concerto · IGOR STRAVINSKY   The Rite of Spring

Stanford Philharmonia Bermuda Festival

Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall, Hamilton, BERMUDA

Saturday, 26 March 2022 · 8:00 pm

Ethan Chi ’22, piano soloist – 2020 Concerto Competition Winner · Paul Phillips, conductor

JOSEPH HAYDN   Symphony No. 97 in C Major · ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK   Sonata da Chiesa · EDVARD GRIEG   Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

Friday, 25 March 2022 · 8:00 pm

Caroline Campbell, violin soloist · Paul Phillips, conductor

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR   Novellette, Op. 52, No. 1 · WILLIAM GRANT STILL “Cumbia y Congo” from Danzas de Panama · CLAUDE DEBUSSY   La fille aux cheveux de lin (arr. Phillips) · GORDON JACOB   Old Wine in New Bottles  · plus music by MONTI, ROTA, SARASATE/BIZET, MORRICONE, BERNSTEIN, GARDEL, and SAINT-SAËNS/ZIMMER/BADELT

Thursday, 24 March 2022 · 7:30 pm

Roger Xia & Richard Cheung, violin soloists · Paul Phillips, conductor

ANTONIN DVORAK Czech Suite, Op. 39 · PAUL PHILLIPS Go Perfect Into Peace · CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES Symphonie Concertante in G Major · LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Stanford Philharmonia Winter Concert     

Saturday, 26 February 2022 · 7:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Paul Phillips, conductor

ANTONIN DVORAK   Czech Suite, Op. 39 ·   ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK   Sonata da Chiesa · CLAUDE DEBUSSY   La fille aux cheveux de lin (arr. Phillips) · GORDON JACOB   Old Wine in New Bottles with  Griffin Miller ’23, conductor ·  LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

FALL 2021

Friends of Music Holiday Musicale

Saturday, 4 December 2021 · 2:30 pm · Memorial Church

Stanford Philharmonia · Paul Phillips, conductor

Stanford Chamber Chorale · Steve Sano, conductor

W. A. MOZART   Symphony No. 32 in G Major, K. 318 · WILLIAM GRANT STILL   Mother and Child · G. F. HANDEL   Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 6 · H. A. MACKINNON   Sleeps Judea Fair · JOHN RUTTER   Shepherd’s Pipe Carol · and selections by the Stanford Chamber Chorale

Stanford Symphony Orchestra Fall Concerts

Friday, 12 November 2021 · 7:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Saturday, 13 November 2021 · 7:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Ethan Chi ’22, piano soloist · 2020 Concerto Competition Winner · Paul Phillips, conductor

PAUL PHILLIPS   Black Notes and White · WILLIAM GRANT STILL   Wood Notes · EDVARD GRIEG   Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 · VALERIE COLEMAN   Seven O’Clock Shout · OTTORINO RESPIGHI   The Pines of Rome

Stanford Philharmona Fall Concert

Sunday, 7 November 2021 · 2:30 pm · Bing Concert Hall

Stanford Philharmonia · Paul Phillips, conductor

W. A. MOZART   Symphony No. 26 in E-flat Major, K. 184 · CHEVALIER de SAINT-GEORGES   Sinfonie Concertante, Op. XIII, No. 2 in G Major · JOSEPH HAYDN   Symphony No. 97 in C Major · CHARLES KOECHLIN   Septet for Wind Instruments with Joshua Chang ’21, conductor · BENJAMIN BRITTEN   Simple Symphony

Halloween Concert

Friday, 29 October 2021 · 7:30 pm · Dinkelspiel Auditorium

Stanford Wind Symphony · Russell Gavin, conductor

Stanford Symphony Orchestra · Paul Phillips, conductor

KLAUS BADELT (arr. Ted Ricketts)   Pirates of the Caribbean · VALERIE COLEMAN Seven O’Clock Shout · JOHN WILLIAMS   Theme from Jurassic Park · OTTORINO RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome · and selections by the Stanford Wind Symphony

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