The Music Program at Stanford Hospital provides music to patients, visitors and staff, which include live concerts, ambient music on the units, musician bedside visits, and portable CD players with a selection of CDs for patients' use. To make a request, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333.

Music in patient rooms

Music allows patients and families to experience the healing value of music at their bedside and adds to a patient's recovery process. It can also bring comfort to those involved in end-of-life situations. This program provides music seven days a week for patients and visitors alike.

Our Hospital Musicians include harpists and guitar players: Barbary Grant, Verlene Schermer, and Pamela Bowen for the harp; and Jeff Buenz and Jim Nichols for the guitar. All room visit requests are free of charge. To request Bedside Music, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333.

CDs for patients

Portable CD players and a selection of CDs are available for patients' use. Coordinators Fanny Zychlinsky and Wally Austin have diverse and extensive backgrounds in music. They will help you find the right music to soothe, calm, and energize.

To request CD players and CDs, please call Guest Services at 650-498-3333.

Concert Series

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Initiated in August 2005, the Ambient Piano Series is sponsored by William Reller and The Reller Family in honor of Carolyn Wiedemann Reller. Listeners can enjoy talented pianists playing soothing and inspiring music from classical, popular, jazz, and other musical genres in a casual environment at the Stanford Cancer Center.

  • March 1 Steven Scholom
  • March 2 Barbary Grant
  • March 8 Steven Scholom
  • March 9 Barbary Grant
  • March 15 Steven Scholom
  • March 16 Barbary Grant
  • March 22 Steven Scholom
  • March 23 Barbary Grant
  • March 29 Steven Scholom
  • March 30 Barbary Grant

Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Medicine Center Building
875 Blake Wilbur Drive
Stanford, CA, 94305

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Performed by: Various Artists

WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 12:30PM
FIVEPLAY JAZZ QUINTET — Unique Jazz
FivePlay Jazz Quintet creates original music that nourishes mind and heart. Their unique style speaks to a wide audience, from savvy listeners to those hearing jazz for the first time. FivePlay’s repertoire ranges from burning post-bop, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian grooves to music set to poetry, atmospheric ballads, and extended, unusual compositions. Their three recordings have received extensive airplay both in the United States and abroad.

FRIDAY MARCH 3, 12:30PM
MR. BARKY — Celtic Music
Always a fun concert, Mr. Barky features the wonderful tenor voice of Ernest Kinsolving, the multi-instrumental playing of Karl Franzen and they will be joined by special guest Valerie Rose. They perform traditional Irish folk tunes and pub songs from the Emerald Isle with a little fun history thrown in to describe their origins.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 8, 12:30PM
TLC — Classic Pop Music
The TLC trio plays a musical mixture of great American songs from artists like Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Stevie Wonder as well as smooth grooves from Marvin Gaye and Van Morrison. These musicians cover a lot of territory with superb musicianship, vocals and showmanship.

FRIDAY MARCH 10, 12:30PM
TANGONERO — Argentine Tango
Tangonero is a San Francisco based ensemble dedicated to preserving the tradition of ArgentineTango. From the folk styling of Roberto Grela to the jazz infused grandeur of Astor Piazzolla, their arrangements cover the broad scope of tango history. Over flowing with intense passion, lust and sorrow, their performance captures the romance of the dance and the essence of a culture.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15, 12:30PM
SADDLE CATS — Western Swing
The Saddle Cats are a Western Swing four-piece band that is enlivening Cowboy and Western Music with a singular energy and drive. They celebrate the swing tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown and Spade Cooley with abandon, finesse and exuberant spirits.

FRIDAY MARCH 17, 12:30PM
MIGHTY FINES — New Orleans Good-Time Music
San Francisco’s Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines play New Orleans music that’s sure to set your hips swinging and your feet shuffling…The Mighty Fines are a talented bunch, and they really can do it all, bringing 1950’s New Orleans R&B songs and soul-blues items of similar vintage that will take you right to the heart of Mardi Gras!

WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 12:30PM
KRISTEN STROM BAND — Smooth Jazz
With a tone that’s lithe and lustrous, Kristen Strom embodies her musical philosophy in every note she plays. The San Jose saxophonist has been a mainstay on the Bay Area music scene for nearly two decades. She is an artist whose musical world is predicated upon the primacy of beautifully rendered melodies.

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 12:30PM
ALBANY CONSORT & THE COLOGNE UNIVERSITY CHOIR — Classical Music and Choir
The Cologne University Collegium Musicum Chamber Choir will join the Albany Consort for an amazing presentation of music and vocals. Choir director Michael Ostrzyga and Consort harpsichordist Jonathan Salzedo will bring musicians to delight the ears with Bach’s brilliant and beautiful motet “Jesu, Meine Freude”. The program also includes stunning works by Hildegard, Brahms and Shawn Kirchner.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 29, 12:30PM
KAT PARRA — Latin and World Music
Kat Parra, an award winning vocalist and composer, brings her Latin and World Jazz trio to the Bing Concert Series at Stanford Hospital. She has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs and has had the opportunity to tour both nationally and internationally. The trio is a stripped down version of her usual six-piece group, which gives the listener a much more intimate experience with Kat’s voice.

FRIDAY MARCH 31, 12:30PM
FETE MUSSETTE — Music of Paris and the French Countryside
Love the Louvre but searching for traditional music of the French countryside as well? Fête Musette will take you to pre-jazz Paris, as well as introduce you to the irregular rhythms of Alsace, the raucous bourrées of Auvergne and Berry, and the ancient Celtic part of France, Brittany. Of course we have the accordion, as well as fiddle, hurdy gurdy, (vielle à roue), dulcimer and guitar. Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti, Peter Tommerup, Karl Franzen and Sarah Kirton are longtime friends and performers, playing French music for fun and dances. Join us for an irrepressible performance of tunes, songs and dance demonstrations.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday and Friday

Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive
Atrium, Ground Floor
Stanford, CA 94305

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For more information, please contact Greg Kaufman at 650-725-2892
Concert
Performed by: Various Artists

This Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Reller Family in honor of Carolyn Wiedemann Reller. Concerts are held every Tuesday, June through September on the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital cafeteria courtyard (Doobie Brothers Courtyard) located behind the rear entrance of the Stanford Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center.

These concerts feature some of the best local and touring musicians offering a wide variety of music. You can bring your lunch or purchase onsite and enjoy some great music each Summer! All concerts are free and open to the public. Subject to weather conditions.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 12:00PM
ROB HART TRIO – ECLECTIC JAZZ
Rob Hart’s band is an exciting blend of organic traditional jazz, fusion, funk, latin and textural experimental music, along with high-powered, on-the-edge improvisations. Don’t miss this superb ensemble as they take you on a musical, melodic journey.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 12:00PM
POP-E-LATION – AMERICAN POP MUSIC FROM THE 60'S-2000'S
Take a trip back in time with PopElation as they play some of the greatest hits of American pop music from the 60’s through the 2000’s! From the early days of folkrock, to Motown’s signature sound, to the dawn of a new century, this concert is sure to bring back memories for everyone.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00PM
OSCAR REYNOLDS – BOLIVIAN-INFLUENCED FLUTE & GUITAR
Bolivian master flutist and guitarist Oscar Reynolds leads the Oscar ReynoldsTrio for a musical performance of Afro-Latin Andean Jazz that laces world cultures, jazz, and a South American flair that will transport you to high in the Andes mountains of Bolivia and Peru.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 12:00PM
TRIO BRAVO – OLD-TIME COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS, AND WESTERN MUSIC
Trio Bravo is the perfect group for a hoe-down. The happy sound of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and bass, with voices raised in harmony floats through the air bringing back music of earlier times with an old-time feel. Their sound is folksy drawing on country, bluegrass, and western music.

Every Tuesday, June through September

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Doobie Brothers Courtyard, outdoor cafeteria patio

725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Free

For information, contact Greg Kaufman, Music Program Manager 650-725-2892