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A Fugue Good Men: The Emerson String Quartet opens Stanford's Lively Arts series with a night of Bach.

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Stanford Lively Arts

AS BEFITS a well-endowed university, Stanford runs an arts series that rivals that of a large city. This year's Stanford Lively Arts roster is studded with big sparkling names, like an engagement ring from Harry Winston.

Leading the way is Wynton Marsalis, the mainstream face of high jazz, who appears next May with his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (Marsalis also appears with his sextet at Montalvo in late October). Other heavyweights include the classical duo of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, who recently pulled off a major new chamber music festival, Music@Menlo; esteemed classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson; sitar masters Ravi and Anoushka Shankar; and the traditional vocal glories of Chanticleer's annual Christmas concert. The full schedule and a variety of subscriber options can be accessed at livelyarts.stanford.edu. What follows is just a selected sampling of the more intriguing offerings.

Michael S. Gant

Where: Memorial Auditorium, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Memorial Church--all on the Stanford campus
How Much: Student tickets average $20; adult general admission varies from about $30 to $50
Info: 650.725.ARTS; http://livelyarts.stanford.edu


Season Highlights

Oct. 8: Emerson String Quartet. For the season opener, the long-established quartet tackles the complete Art of the Fugue by Bach. 8pm at Dinkelspiel. (Sold out)
Oct. 10-11: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The contemporary-dance company marks its 25th year with a West Coast premiere. 8pm at Memorial Auditorium.
Oct. 15: The Cool Crooners of Bulawayo. Much like the Buena Vista Social Club, the Cool Crooners represent a second career for some of the original township musical greats of 1950s southern Africa. Their vibrant style encompasses traditional African rhythms and African American doo-wop, jazz and swing. 8pm at Dinkelspiel.
Oct. 24: Alwin Nikolais: A Celebration Tour. This show looks to be one of the major dance events of the fall. It's a tribute to the late choreographer Nikolais, whose works rely heavily on a synergy of movement, light, multimedia and costumes. 8pm at Memorial Auditorium.
Oct. 25: Ravi and Anoushka Shankar. The sitar legend appears with his daughter, Anoushka. 8pm at Memorial Auditorium.
Oct. 29: The Peabody Trio. The wild card in this concert is a world premiere of Harold Meltzer's Sinbad Piano Trio, based on Donald Barthelme's rewrite of the famous tale of a wandering sailor. The trio will also perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in C Minor and Schubert's Piano Trio in B-flat Major. 8pm at Dinkelspiel.
Nov. 12: Garrick Ohlsson. Classical piano. 8pm at Memorial Auditorium.
Nov. 21: Aulos Ensemble. Handel's Water Music Suites on period instruments. 8pm at Dinkelspiel.
Dec. 10-11: A Chanticleer Christmas. 8pm at Memorial Church.
Dec. 14: Klezmer Conservatory Band. A Chanukah concert. 2:30pm at Memorial Auditorium.
Feb. 11: David Finckel and Wu Han. Classical duo. 8pm at Dinkelspiel.
March 9: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. 8pm at Memorial Auditorium.


Arts & Lectures UCSC

Where: Various venues on campus and throughout Santa Cruz County
When: Oct. 24-May 3, 2004
How Much: $18-$50
Info: 831.459.2159; http://ucsc.edu/artslecs


Selected Season
Oct. 19: Michael Moore. The filmmaker and author (Bowling for Columbine) preaches to the choir at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.
Oct. 24: Turtle Island String Quartet. Blue in Green: The Legacy of Miles Davis. 8pm at UCSC Music Center Recital Hall.
Nov. 7: Ghazal Ensemble, Persian and North Indian Music. 8pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.
Nov. 28-30: The New Nut. An updated Nutcracker by Tandy Beal. At the Mello Center in Watsonville.
Jan. 11: Maya Beiser. A multimedia concert of modern cello works. 7pm at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall.
March 20: Spalding Gray. 8pm at the Rio Theatre.
May 3: Laurie Anderson. 8pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.


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