Stanford Lively Arts has announced its 2009-2010 performing arts series, scheduled to begin in October and run through next May at Stanford University. Tickets went on sale last month.
"Art + Invention" is the theme of the 40th season, anchored by a yearlong campus project involving jazz trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas and filmmaker Bill Morrison.
Other highlights include new works from Laurie Anderson (in a co-commission with Cal Performances), Steve Reich (performed by S Percussion), the Kronos Quartet and L.A. Theatre Works; a multiday tribute to the composer Sergei Prokofiev; the Bay Area debut of Christopher Wheeldon's Morphoses dance company; and a collaboration between trumpeter Terence Blanchard and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
"In looking at our 2009-2010 season, and indeed the role of Stanford Lively Arts within the university's Arts Initiative, the phrase â€˜Art and Invention' leaps to the foreground," said Jenny Bilfield, Lively Arts' artistic and executive director. "It's evocative of the sense of discovery, investigation, personal voice and incubation of ideas that occurs across all disciplines at Stanford."
The season is slated to open Oct. 10 with a band hand-picked by the iconoclastic jazz composer/pianist Uri Caine. As a follow-up to his 2008 "Mahler Remix," Caine will present the West Coast premiere of his Grammy-nominated "The Othello Syndrome," inspired by the classic Verdi opera and Shakespeare play.