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Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Stanford University
"Delineating Brahms: The Saint Michael Trio; Robin Sharp, violin; and Julie Kim, violin"
Known for their accessible, funny and informative performances, Silicon Valley's Saint Michael Trio will bring to life the work of Brahms, a talented and tormented composer. The trio will be joined by renowned violinists Julie Kim and Robin Sharp. Sep 17, 7:30pm.

Flint Center
"Autumn Rain LIVE 2016 with Yiruma"
Korean classical pianist Yiruma, whose pieces have more than one billion views online, will finish his 2015 World Tour at DeAnza College's Flint Center. His pieces "River Flows in You," "Kiss the Rain," and "Maybe" infuse melodious Korean compositions with emotion. Sep 23, 8pm.


Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Stanford University
"The Bridge and Britten Cello and Piano Sonatas Project: Part Two"
A multi-genre event, the concert will begin with a selection of W.H. Auden poems read by Stanford professor Nicholas Jenkins. Following the readings, cellist Christopher Costanza and pianist Pedja Muzijevic will perform Benjamin Britten's "Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65." Oct 25, 7:30pm.

San Jose Chamber Orchestra
San Jose
"Concerto Night I"
Founded in 1991, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra formed out of the desire of local musicians for an opportunity to play chamber orchestra repertoire and explore music written by living composers. Oct 9, 7pm.

"Treats and Tricks"
Father and son clarinetists Jon and Alec Manasse perform with the SJCO for a memorable All Hallows' Eve. Oct 30, 7pm.

Roble Dance Studio
Stanford University
"State of Darkness"; "Mali"
Choreographer Molissa Fenley will present two dance pieces: "State of Darkness," set to Igor Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps, which was choreographed by Fenley and will be performed by Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Chaleff; and "Mali," choreographed by Fenley, who will also perform it, accompanied by original music from Laetitia Sonami. Oct 14-15, 8 pm.

Bing Concert Hall
Stanford University
"The Complete PIano Études by Philip Glass"
Bing Concert Hall's season opens with a performance of world-renowned composer Philip Glass' piano études. Five pianists, including Glass, will play the 20 different works, which explore a range of tempos, moods and techniques. Sep. 29, 7:30pm.

"The Danish String Quartet"
These childhood friends grew into classical music celebrities by playing with unbridled energy and following one rule: Playing only music they love. That covers a wide range, from Janácek to Beethoven and Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. Oct 13, 7:30pm.

"Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra"
Based in San Francisco, the renowned orchestra will open a series of three performances at Bing with a program of Beethoven classics. Harvard professor of musicology and fortepianist Robert Levin will make an appearance, playing "Concerto for Fortepiano No. 3" with the Orchestra. Oct 19, 7:30pm.

"St. Lawrence String Quartet"
Continuing their multi-year residency at Stanford, the quartet will give three Stanford Live concerts and two free events this year. They will focus in particular on the works of acclaimed American composer John Adams, in honor of his 70th birthday. Oct 30, 2:30 pm.

Opera San Jose
San Jose
"Lucia di Lammermoor"
The feud between the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods is further complicated when Lucia Ashton and Edgardo Ravenswood maintain a secret relationship. Dire consequences unfold as Lucia's brother Enrico forces her into an arranged marriage. Oct 10, 15, 23, 8pm; Oct 11,18, 25, 3pm.


"Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined"
Esteemed choir Cappella Romana teams up with Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and the university's Art and Art History department to bring an immersive, multi-sensory musical experience to listeners. CCRMA will "digitally imprint" the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia on Cappella Romana's Byzantine chants, while faculty experts in art, music and technology will project images for the audience and guide them through the concert. Nov 4, 7:30pm.

"Stanford Symphonic Chorus with Peninsula Symphony Orchestra"
The Stanford Symphonic Chorus will collaborate with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra to bring two nights of classical music to listeners. Nov 18, 7:30pm; Nov 20, 2:30pm.

Opera San Jose
San Jose
"The Barber of Seville"
Determined to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina with charm and wit, rather than money, Count Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, the barber of Seville, to steal her away from her guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Nov 12, 17 and 22, 8pm; Nov 13, 20 and 27, 3pm.

San Jose Symphonic Choir
San Jose
The church hymn "Magnificat" is one the most recited canticles during Christian church services and it became the first major liturgical composition on a Latin text by Johann Sebastian Bach. Nov 26.

"Dettingen Te Deum"
In June 1743, the British and its allies obtained victory at the Battle of Dettingen over the French. George Frideric Handel was commissioned to compose a Te Deum, or Christian hymn of praise, for the occasion and the "Dettingen Te Deum" was born. Nov 26.

Flint Center
"Conrad Tao"
Chinese-American pianist Tao will open the Peninsula Symphony's season playing Robert Schumann's "Piano Concerto in a minor, op. 54," as part of a program that includes Carolyn Bremer's "Early Light" and Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations, op. 36." Nov 5, 8pm.


San Jose Symphonic Choir
San Jose
"You-Sing-It Messiah"
An annual event, this concert allows the audience to participate in singing the solos and choruses of Handel's "Messiah" with the San Jose Baroque Orchestra. Carols in the Lobby by Vivace Youth Chorus. Dec 12, 7:30pm.

A Free Community Concert: "Season of Hope"
A multicultural musical event done in collaboration with various arts organizations and the San Jose Cathedral Foundation's Office of Social Ministry. Dec 19.

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