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M–F 10am–4pm


September 4th, 7pm | September 5th, 5:30pm

FREE to attend

Opera San José is joining forces with Symphony Silicon Valley to present a FREE outdoor musical extravaganza to celebrate Labor Day weekend, “Strike Up the Band!” 

Taking place on the beautiful Tower Lawn at San Jose State University, this program will feature selections from “Carmen,” “The Magic Flute,” “La bohème,” and much more. Don’t miss your chance to catch a brilliant line-up of artists and musicians as we welcome live music back to our community. 

A limited number of chairs and water bottles will be available. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket, as well as a picnic dinner!



This event will be located on the iconic Tower Lawn at San Jose State University, San Fernando and 4th Streets in downtown San Jose.

Main Entrance at 4th Street and San Fernando Street near Martin Luther King Library. Parking is available in nearby San Jose City garages.


This is a beautiful large outdoor environment, but we do ask that attendees be vaccinated and/or wear masks when not eating or drinking.


Saturday, September 4th at 7:00pm

Gershwin: Strike Up the Band March

Sibelius: Finlandia

Gounod: ‘Je veux vivre’ from Roméo et Juliette

Mozart: ‘Pa–, pa–, pa–, Papageno’ duet from The Magic Flute

Verdi: ‘La Donna è Mobile’ from Rigoletto

Smetana: Moldau

Puccini: ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi

Lara: ‘Granada’ 

Gershwin: ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with soloist Jon Nakamatsu

Sunday September 5 th at 5:30pm

Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Bizet: ‘Votre Toast (Toreador Song)’ from Carmen

Bizet: ‘Au font du temple saint (Pearl Fishers duet)’ from The Pearl Fishers

Puccini: ‘Quando me’n vo’ (Musetta’s Waltz) from La bohème

Gershwin: ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with soloist Jon Nakamatsu

Donizetti: ‘Tous les trois réunis’ from La fille du régiment

Lara: ‘Granada’

Tchaikovsky: Finale from Symphony No. 4