Symphony Silicon Valley is the professional symphony orchestra of San Jose. Founded in 2002, the nonprofit company has progressed from a daring idea to rapidly become the greater South Bay’s premiere orchestra and a notable community success story. The Symphony’s artists, nationally recruited, locally resident, with an average performance tenure in San Jose of over 20 years, are recognized as among the best in the greater Bay Area. Led by an exciting roster of distinguished guest conductors on the European model, the Symphony is an anchor tenant of San Jose’s magnificently restored downtown California Theatre, one of Northern California’s most outstanding music halls. Symphony Silicon Valley is setting an example of an innovative business model in the arts — market driven and financially conservative, with low overhead and the flexibility to match its programming to its support base.
Besides the Orchestra’s core Classics programming, the Symphony’s other concerts include: The exciting Broadway In Concert series combining top Broadway acting talent with the orchestra on stage playing the rarely-heard original full orchestrations of productions from Broadway’s Golden Era; Target Summer Pops Free Music Festival, five diverse concerts produced outdoors on the lawn and annually bringing some 18,000 people out to enjoy totally free and family-friendly music. The Symphony is also the orchestra for all Ballet San Jose performances that use live music. Symphony Silicon Valley manages the comprehensive ArtSPARK arts education program in partnership with 1st Act Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
P.O. Box 790, San Jose, CA 95106
Arts field trips for students in grades 3, 4, & 5. Â The entire grade from each school participates in the program. Students are bused to arts venues throughout Silicon Valley to experience age appropriate programs with professional artists in performance. Teacher materials are supplied online for each event. Â The event and busing are free and organized by ArtSPARK. Â Public, private, homeschool, and charter students are eligible. Â Sign up your school at ArtSPARKsv.org.