In conjunction with the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night,  Opera San José will present an afternoon symposia consisting of four different sessions at the California Theatre in downtown San José on Friday, February 10, 2017, 2:00 pm to 5:45 pm. The symposia take place in the Third Floor Rehearsal Hall; tickets are $20, and include light refreshments.

Be sure to purchase your ticket for the cocktail reception following the Symposia at 6 p.m. in the Market Street lobby of the California Theatre.

Panel 1: Contemporary Opera in America
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm
Members of the media, accompanied by Mark Streshinky of West Edge Opera, discuss issues surrounding contemporary opera today.
Jim Sohre, Opera Today
Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
Mark Streshinsky, West Edge Opera

Panel 2: Designing Silent Night
2:50 pm – 3:30 pm
Members of Opera San José’s creative team discuss the challenges and inspiration behind the sets, costumes and lighting designs for Silent Night.
Michael Shell, Stage Director
Steven Kemp, Set Designer
Pamila Z. Gray, Lighting Designer

Panel 3: WWI: Contemporary Perspectives
3:50 pm – 4:35 pm 
Gerard Seelig will conduct a Q&A with William Perry about Mr. Perry’s book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.
William Perry, Former United States Secretary of Defense
Gerard Seelig, Opera San José Board Member

Panel 4: Meet the Creators of Silent Night
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell and conductor Joseph Marcheso discuss the creative process that gave birth to Silent Night.
Kevin Puts, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist
Joseph Marcheso, Conductor
Michael Shell, Stage Director

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