A Wonderful Night with the San Jose Symphony

I am a teacher by profession, and my boyfriend works as an engineer in Silicon Valley. We met through common friends and have been inseparable ever since. I love how he can be quirky sometimes, and he likes how passionate I am with the kids I teach. Together, we share many of the same interests which connect us in every way.

One thing we have in common is that we share the same passion for classical music. His iPod is flooded with music from great classical artists such as Mozart and Bach, and I happen to have quite a few of their masterpieces too. During weekends, we spend our time together, he reading a novel and I doing the chores while classical music is playing on the stereo. Sometimes we would sit on the couch all day long and talk about random things while listening to our favorite Mozart songs.

My boyfriend and I have always had a zest for the classics, and during our first year anniversary, he surprised me with a date to the gorgeous California Theatre. Although we have passed the area several times, the place seemed unfamiliar during this time. The Neolithic architecture was grandiose and the signage sticking out of the building was more than thrilling.

We made our way to the entrance in Market Street, and my heart was pounding with excitement. San Jose Symphony would be playing with an array of classical music, and Mozart was in their repertoire. This was a delightful first year anniversary with my boyfriend and something that I will not surely forget.

The California theater is a historic auditorium that has been maintained well and even restored at one point. Once inside, you are greeted with beautiful Neolithic elements from the hanging chandeliers to the wall decors. Even the entrance is as lavish as the entire building.

What makes it especially enjoyable is the coziness of the place and the warmth of the atmosphere. Everyone in their tuxedos and dresses made the night truly exceptional. The sound of the orchestra and the smile on everyone’s faces was something worth remembering.

The one downside to our evening was that our car broke down.  Fortunately, we found a great towing service that was really fast and got our car taken care of quickly so we could make our performance.  We arrived just on time.  Overall, it was a beautiful night to remember and something that will be engraved for a long time in my mind.



An Unforgettable Summer Experience

I love the classics and have always had a passion for listening to them in concert. Being a student, I know how it can be expensive to go to one, so I decided to save up to go to one during the summer. I did a lot of odd jobs just to allow me to experience one of the local orchestras we have.

I know it is strange for a teenage person like me to have the desire to go to a classical music event when most kids today go for rap and mainstream music. However, for me, it is all about the classics. Although I cannot explain it, I just know there is something intangible and so beautiful about the melody and the manner at which the classics are played that reaches me in ways nothing else ever has. Not like the music that we have today which fades as time passes and something that doesn’t last long. Modern music has always seemed like a fad to me. Here today, gone tomorrow.

However, classical music is something that people will enjoy because this music has survived through hundreds of years, long after the composers have passed away. That means immortality to me and is something that I look for with every sound and beat that reaches me.

So during the summer, I did a lot of odd jobs and convinced myself to save every little bit of my salary to reward myself with a ticket to The California Theatre.  I know that the San Jose Symphony has several music repertoires during summer and I was committed to experiencing on of those.

For some time, I asked for employment at a local fast food chain and did it for several months. That gig allowed me to save a quarter of the total amount to buy a ticket. I did not want to ask my parents for this because I knew they were already struggling to keep up with the needs and wants of my other siblings. So I told my parents that I wanted to earn money to buy the ticket myself and my Dad just smiled mentioning something about character building and pride.  

The concert date was set in June and, finally, I was able to save the money to buy myself a ticket. However, later at dinner, while eating, my father handed me an envelope and said he and my mom had a surprise for me. He stated that I worked so hard that they decided to surprise me with something that I wanted.

When I tore the envelope open, I saw three tickets to the show which was a surprise. Dad said that I could keep my hard earned money and buy myself something else. He wanted it to be a special night for me, and he and my Mother set off for what ended up being a night I will always remember.  As I lay in bed all I can think about was the thrill of experiencing the concert.  

Harry Potter Concert at San Jose Center

The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets concert, featuring the Symphony Silicon Valley, is coming to San Jose!

As people know, the Symphony Silicon Valley can trace its origins to the San Jose Symphony. However, the new group has managed to earn its identity as being among the elite in the Bay area. What’s unique about this orchestra is the composition: I do not know if it is deliberate or not but all the members are residents of this area.

They also enjoy 20 years of experience regarding performance tenure.

That’s the reason why I am so excited about this collaboration. I mean, the Harry Potter franchise is one of my favorite movie series of all time. I also bought all the books by J.K. Rowling after being introduced to this whole other world of flying brooms and cars, of magic wands and monsters that before, I could only dream of in the wee hours of the night.

I must confess that I already invested a lot in the movie. I watched these kid actors grow up before my very eyes.

In fact, when I heard that Emma Watson is going to play Belle in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, I felt my heart skip a beat. I know I am going to love that one because it is a musical and I am a huge musical fan and let’s face it, it is a Disney movie! Who does not love Disney?

…..However, back to the Harry Potter concert.

It is not like a stage play, but rather a blend between the movie but the score and soundtrack will be performed live by the Symphony Silicon Valley. The score is from legendary musician John Williams, and if you do not know who that is, we are no longer friends.

John Williams is behind some of the most memorable movie scores in the world such as E.T., Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and the original Superman.

The concert will be held in the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. It is going to be cold there, so I know I will be bringing my jacket.

BTW, below is the complete schedule of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets concert.

Friday, Mar 31 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m.

See you there!

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La la land Symphony concert

So for those who have been living under a rock, La La Land won the Oscars for Best Original Musical Score (not to mention the Best Actress trophy going to the illustrious Emma Stone). However, for people like me who just couldn’t get enough of the movie, there’s a new treat for us this coming May.

Lionsgate has set May 26-27 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for the premiere of La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration.” It is a live score screening of the movie accompanied by a 100-piece symphony orchestra conducted by Justin Hurwitz.

Now, there’s no better person to give his rendition of what director Damien Chazelle did with La La Land.

Hurwitz has been thrust into the spotlight with his big win at the recent Oscars, and his story is not unique in Hollywood. He honed his skills at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, but ultimately, he got that special “break” that everyone dreams of in Hollywood. As everybody knows, talent is not enough to make it in Tinseltown. You also need a large amount of luck and some fairy dust in your pocket.

My understanding is that the concert will integrate Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s singing voices in the movie’s soundtrack and blend them with the live musicians in the symphony. Concert director Richard Kraft promised that it is going to be a “one-of-kind concert experience.”

I have watched a lot of symphony orchestra in my life but never this one where the film is going to be seamlessly interwoven with the live musical performances.

Regardless, I could not be more excited to be in LA to watch the symphony concert and relive each moment in the movie while listening to Hurwitz perform his magic. I know I  have many things to work out, filing a leave of absence at work is one but I am more than happy to do it.

There’s also booking the hotel and flight plus my food for the time there.  I don’t have a problem spending the money considering how much joy it brings me.

Moreover, then there’s the fact that there are water stains under my sink. I have a plumber, Chicago Plumbing, coming out to check it out for me.  They come highly recommended by a friend but I just hope that it’s not too expensive.   Hopefully, I will have money left to make the trip to LA.  I just have to make it happen.