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Stanford Symphony Orchestra: Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary

November 15, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Bing Concert Hall
Paul Phillips
Zhou Tian

Paul Phillips conducts the SSO's California premiere of Transcend, a new work by Zhou Tian, co-commissioned by the SSO as part of a consortium of 13 orchestras throughout the U.S. It celebrates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, which occurred on 10 May 1869 when Leland Stanford drove in the Golden Spike that completed the track. Also on this all-American, transportation-themed program are works by John Adams, George Gershwin, and Samuel Barber. | On Friday, a preconcert talk with Zhou Tian, Gordon Chang, and Paul Phillips will take place on the main stage at 6:30 PM.

Paul Phillips, conductorZhou Tian, guest composer 


  • John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Samuel Barber: Symphony No. 2, Op. 19
  • Zhou Tian: Transcend (California premiere)
  • George Gershwin: An American in Paris

Zhou Tian photo: M. Zhou

Admission Info

Advance tickets: GENERAL $23 | STUDENTS $13 | SENIORS $18 (Now on sale!)

At the door: GENERAL $28 | STUDENTS $18 (Free for Stanford students with SUID) | SENIORS $23

Event Sponsor: 
Department of Music, Associated Students of Stanford University, Center for East Asian Studies
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