12. July 2017 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau · Categories: Birthdays!

Thoreau was born July 12, 1817. I didn’t know anything about his flute until tonight’s Jeopardy mentioned the Louisa May Alcott poem.

We sighing said, “Our Pan is dead;
His pipe hangs mute beside the river
Around it wistful sunbeams quiver,
But Music’s airy voice is fled.
Spring mourns as for untimely frost;
The bluebird chants a requiem;
The willow-blossom waits for him;
The Genius of the wood is lost.”

Then from the flute, untouched by hands,
There came a low, harmonious breath:
“For such as he there is no death;
His life the eternal life commands;
Above man’s aims his nature rose.
The wisdom of a just content
Made one small spot a continent
And turned to poetry life’s prose.

“Haunting the hills, the stream, the wild,
Swallow and aster, lake and pine,
To him grew human or divine,
Fit mates for this large-hearted child.
Such homage Nature ne’er forgets,
And yearly on the coverlid
‘Neath which her darling lieth hid
Will write his name in violets.

“To him no vain regrets belong
Whose soul, that finer instrument,
Gave to the world no poor lament,
But wood-notes ever sweet and strong.
O lonely friend! he still will be
A potent presence, though unseen,
Steadfast, sagacious, and serene;
Seek not for him — he is with thee.”

Louisa May Alcott

12. July 2017 · Comments Off on Opera San José Goes To Work · Categories: Opera

Opera San José announces that it is launching a new corporate concert series called Arias in the Office. This is a fun and easy concert experience tailored to the active, creative companies in Silicon Valley. These concerts will feature professional singers from Opera San José’s resident company who will perform operatic arias and ensembles to engage, inspire, and introduce the art form to Silicon Valley employees.

Opera San José will provide singers and an accompanist, for 40-minute concerts designed to pop-up on any corporate campus location. These sponsored concerts are provided at no cost to the company and require little set-up time. Opera San José will also provide the company with preview materials that can be disseminated to staff announcing the concert along with information about Opera San José.

Arias in the Office officially kicks off on August 1st with a concert at Adobe, followed by a concert at Oracle on August 2 and another at Nvidia on August 3. Opera San José will also take Arias in the Office to Cisco, Applied Materials, SmartMod, and other Silicon Valley companies in September.

“I am very excited about the Arias in the Office program,” said Development Director Aaron Nicholson. “Breaking down the imagined barrier between opera and the community is crucial, and taking opera into to the

workplaces of those who make up the heart of industry here can only help engage audiences and foster an appreciation for the art form to which we are so dedicated at Opera San Jose. I believe that opera and creative expression are core to our quality of life and bringing them to the workplace is a natural result of that belief.”


12. July 2017 · Comments Off on Coming This Sunday To A Park Near You Me! · Categories: Concert Announcements, Concerts, Opera

It’s time for Opera San José’s Bramhall Park concert. I’m planning on being there. How about you?

(We went two years ago and it was SO much fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy!)

Sunday, July 16, 2017: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Pack a picnic basket and some lawn chairs! OSJ residents and guest artists will present a free concert featuring highlights from the upcoming 2017-18 season at Willow Glen’s Bramhall Park, located at 1320 Willow Street in San Jose.