Jazz, Classical, Comedy and more will come to Frost Amphitheater this summer | New
After a successful spring of outdoor film screenings at Frost Amphitheater, Stanford Live is set to take another step in the return to normalcy of the performing arts: in-person performances in a variety of genres will take place at Frost du July 1 to August 7. .
Many shows will be presented in collaboration with other artistic organizations.
“Most importantly, we recognized early on that we were one of the few non-commercial spaces in the Bay Area that could start planning for larger capacity events,” said Chris Lorway, Director executive of Stanford Live. “We wanted to make sure it wasn’t just us who were benefiting.”
So Stanford Live contacted SFJAZZ and San Francisco Symphony to co-present several shows over the six weeks.
“Thursday nights became our jazz nights,” Lorway said, with reservations partnered with SFJAZZ including Gregory Porter, Fantastic Negrito, Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin, and Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.
But the series will begin with acts particularly close to the local Stanford Live community. The Stanford Jazz Workshop presents the first night: a collaboration between saxophonist Joshua Redman and tabla player Zakir Hussain (the subject of a Stanford Live film last year) on Thursday, July 1.
“We thought it was important to start more with a Stanford Live sensation,” Lorway said. That vibe continues throughout the first weekend, with a live performance of Comedy Central’s “The New Negroes” on Friday July 2 (rescheduled from a canceled date in 2020) and a Saturday night concert by the Kronos Quartet, Meklit and Bay Area spoke-word artists in a live reunion from the cast of “Testimony.”
“Testimony” was a film released by Stanford Live last November, described as a musical reflection on civil rights. While many artists collaborated remotely to create the work, Lorway noted that this will be the first time they can be together in person.
Maintaining ties with the projects and relationships that were developed digitally during the pandemic and giving them a new place, Lorway said, presents “not only the legacy of what we lost during COVID, but what we gained during this period”.
From July 10, Saturdays will be the nights of the San Francisco Symphony, with concerts including two conducted by the composer and musical director of the San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen (July 10 and 17). The July 24 performance will be directed by Michael Morgan, while Lina González-Granados will direct the program on July 31 and Xian Zhang will take over on August 7.
Los Angeles roots fusion group Las Cafeteras is booked for Friday, July 9, and Sundays are for groups with a community vibe and an early start time suitable for kids.
On July 18, Graciela Beltrán, Lupita Infante and Mariachi Nueva Generación will perform; “My Bollywood Jukebox” offers a journey through the history of Bollywood hits on July 25; and Bay Area family music favorites Alphabet Rockers take the stage on August 1 with their uplifting and inspiring hip-hop brand. Lorway said he hopes the Sunday shows “bring families to an intergenerational artistic experience.”
Spring film screenings at Frost allowed Stanford Live to iron out practices around safety, social distancing, restroom use, and food and drink rules before returning to a fully safe place. direct.
“We cooked in the background trying to come up with the best possible strategies for reopening,” Lorway said, including adhering to state, county and Stanford University security protocols. While attendance is currently capped at 500, over the summer it will gradually increase, from 1,200 to 1,600 to 3,000 to 4,000, “and finally, we could get back to full capacity (around 8,000) at late summer or early fall. ”Lorway said.
As capacity increases, the space for social distancing naturally decreases. As of the July shows, customers will therefore be required to either present a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show, or proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the event.
“We’re looking at what the industry standard is for large groups,” Lorway said. “For now at least, people entering spaces must have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, so it is best to exit with a more conservative approach. “
Stanford Live transitioned to a digital season last year, making many films available to members. Lorway hopes that digital content will continue to be part of the organization in the future. “We have built a very good local team of filmmakers and artists. It would be silly of us to give up on that,” he said. “It was a great learning experience for all of us.”
He’s also optimistic about the future of Frost, which saw its grand reopening hampered by the pandemic year but has since proven invaluable as a flexible outdoor performance space.
“It’s a great place, we now know it, to see a movie and for all types of artists,” he said. “I could certainly see that this was definitely a resource that we will continue to use – and hopefully amplify – for years to come.”
Tickets for the July shows go on sale June 11; tickets for the August shows will go on sale in July. A full schedule, as well as health and safety information, is available at live.stanford.edu.