July 2023 Events at Frost Amphitheater at Stanford
By Lina Broydo
The Stanford Live Arts Festival kicks off with a celebration of music, singing and dance.
The four-week arts festival features Bay Area partners SFJAZZ, San Francisco Symphony, and the music of Hawaii.
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327 Launcen Street at Stanford
Photos courtesy of Stanford Live
“Imua” With Jake Shimabukuro, John Cruz, and Anuhea
July 9th at 6:30p.m.
In the native Hawaiian culture, “Imua” means to move forward or towards a goal. Enjoy an evening of island sounds from artists moving Hawaii music forward all in different ways. Hawaiian-born Jake Shimabukuro started playing the ukulele when he was four years old and learned the basics from his Mother.
Today, he has become an international sensation known for reinventing the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “The Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele.”
He is joined by one of Hawaii’s most beloved artists, singer-songwriter John Cruz who engages audiences with rich storytelling through songs ranging from Hawaiian to blues, folk and R&B. His song Island Style was most recently featured in the hit series White Lotus.
The name “Anuhea” translates from Hawaiian as a fragrance or cool breeze and Maui songbird Anuhea Jenkins enters the room in like a breath of fresh island air, beautifully blending vibes of reggae, pop, R&B, and even country.
Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony Present: “Elgar & Rachmaninoff” – July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Edward Elgar welcomes you into his inner circle with the enchanting musical portraits of the “Enigma Variations”, performed by the outstanding San Francisco Symphony under the masterful baton of conductor Anna Rakitina. Pianist Denis Kozhukhin takes on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s challenging but ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 2, a work requiring dazzling athletics and glittering lyricism.
Bring a blanket and a basket with your favorite California wine, Sourdough Bread and French Camembert Cheese and enjoy a spoiling picnic under the stars.
Information for all performances
327 Launcen Street at Stanford
Photo courtesy of Stanford Live
Stanford Live and SFJAZZ Present Internationally Acclaimed Artist Jorge Drexler
July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The first Uruguayan musician to be awarded with an Academy Award (for his song “Al otro lado del río” featured in the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries”) Jorge Drexler is an internationally acclaimed, multifaceted artist and a winner of 13 Latin Grammy Awards.
Like both of his parents, he studied medicine and became a practicing doctor. He also had a passion for music, having taken piano, guitar, and composition lessons from the age of five.
At age 30, he made the decision to leave medicine and become a full-time musician.
He has collaborated with Caetano Veloso, Natalia Laforcade, Shakira, Mercedes Sosa, Julieta Venegas, and Joaquín Sabina, among many others.
And to everyone’s pleasant surprise Weekend Girl (Yes!!) will be doing a pre-show DJ set from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.
Definitely not to be missed! I’ll be there!!
Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony Present Film with Live Orchestra: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, Indiana Jones, one of its greatest movie heroes, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure: Raiders of the Lost Ark, with John Williams’ epic score performed live by the amazing San Francisco Symphony.
Book a VIP Table which include table seating for 4 people, food and beverage table service, priority entry, and a special VIP only menu of snacks and premium beverages.
Please note, all food and beverage are sold separately. All 4 seats must be purchased together. You deserve this luxury package.