Congo Square’s Sanctified Blues promoted at Stanford University

The deal will allow Stanford faculty, staff, students and Lively Arts patrons to download music by artists featured in the upcoming Lively Arts season using free iTunes gift cards.
From now through March 15, the cards will be made available to patrons at all Lively Arts performances and to customers at the Stanford Bookstore, Tresidder Express, the Track House Sport Shop, the Cantor Arts Center Gift Shop and the Stanford Shop at Stanford Shopping Center. Lively Arts plans to mail the cards to Stanford students, faculty and staff in early February and will make the cards available to its community partners, including the Palo Alto Unified School District and East Palo Alto’s educational program College Track.

Congo Square's Sanctified Blues promoted at Stanford University
The first Lively Arts event where patrons received the iTunes gift cards was the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s performance on Friday, Jan. 25, which featured a new work with music by composer Mikel Rouse titled eyeSpace. During the performance, the audience used iPods distributed at the theater to select and personalize the music that accompanies the dance. Rouse’s music is also on the gift card.

In addition, the card will include music of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Blind Boys of Alabama, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Academy of Ancient Music, Turtle Island Quartet, Rosanne Cash, Kronos Quartet, Rob Kapilow and the Pacifica Quartet. Recipients of the cards will be able to download complete tracks from the artists at no charge until they expire on March 31.

Following is the complete play list:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, “Sanctified Blues (Family),” from the album Congo Square

  • Mikel Rouse, “Clarion Hotel,” from the album International Cloud Atlas (music for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company)
  • Rosanne Cash, “Radio Operator,” from the album Black Cadillac
  • Kronos Quartet, “Triple Quartet,” third movement, from the album Reich
  • Meridian Arts Ensemble, “Shot,” from the album Brink
  • Rob Kapilow, “From Ordinary to Great—Step by Step,” first movement, from the album What Makes it Great? Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • Academy of Ancient Music, “Sonata a 5,” adagio, from the album Handel: Concerti Grossi
  • Turtle Island Quartet, “Model Trane,” from the album Love Supreme
  • Pacifica Quartet, “String Quartet No. 13,” finale, from the album Dvorak: Quartet Op. 106 & Quintet Op. 97
  • Blind Boys of Alabama, “Free at Last,” from the album Free at Last EP (this is a special “pre-release” on iTunes)

This is iTunes’ second such promotion with the performing arts at an educational institution. The first was with the University of Illinois’ Krannert Center in September 2007.

Stanford Lively Arts’ 2007-08 season continues through April 27. For performance information and to order tickets, visit Lively Arts online or call the Stanford Ticket Office at 725-2787.

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