Silicon Valley Arts Coalition Groups

Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre is a performing group of over 150 dedicated volunteers who have committed themselves to the art of stagecraft.  Community members, students and professional quality performers grace our stage, play in our orchestra, and work behind the scenes, giving their talents and sharing our love of operetta, musical theater, and especially Gilbert & Sullivan.

Upcoming Performances

  • The Sorcerer: Feb 22– Mar 2

  • HMS Pinafore: May 30-Jun 7

American Harp Society, Silicon Valley Chapter

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society is a dynamic chapter, consisting of over 80 harp enthusiasts including professionals, teachers, students, amateurs and fans. We welcome harpists of all styles and genres —lever and pedal, historical and modern. Our chapter has the honor of having received the national “Chapter of the Year” award from the American Harp Society in both 2010 and 2014. Each year we sponsor concerts, educational workshops, student education sessions and informal gatherings where our members have the opportunity to play for each other. Our yearly highlight, “Harp Extravaganza,” features both our Silicon Valley Adult Harp Ensemble and our Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble in concert.

Upcoming Performances

  • Harp Extravaganza: Nov 23, 3:00 PM

  •  San Jose Museum of Art’s Third Thursdays: December 19, 2019

Nova Vista Symphony 

Nova Vista Symphony, based in Sunnyvale, has been a South Bay staple since 1966.  Performing a wide variety of classical favorites and showcasing fantastic soloists, Nova Vista Symphony is recognized for its quality musicianship, its entertaining repertoire and its unbridled enthusiasm.

Upcoming Performances

  • Beethoven, Berlioz, and Dvorak: Oct. 13, 3:00 p.m.

  • Peace and Joy Holiday Concert: Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

  • Masterworks Young Artist Series: Feb 29, 7:30 PM

  • Brahms, Haydn, Jacob: Apr 18,  7:30 PM

  • Verdi Requiem: May 31, 3:00 PM

San Jose Chamber Music Society 

SJCMS's mission is to present chamber music concerts in an ideal setting performed by top ensembles from the Bay Area, across America, and around the world. We want to educate our audience through pre-concert talks, post-concert Q & A, program notes, and meet-the-composer experiences. We aim to educate students in chamber music by presenting outreach by some of our ensembles for San Jose public schools, and by arranging performer residency activities for San Jose State University music students. Finally we aim to support chamber music in our region by publicizing other nearby chamber music concerts, cooperating in marketing with fellow presenters, and presenting joint programs with The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose State University. 

Upcoming Performances

  • Calidore String Quartet: Oct 20, 7:00 PM

  • Modigliani Quartet with pianist Jon Nakamatsu: Nov 09, 7:30 PM

  • Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane clarinet: Jan 25, 7:30 PM

  •  Phaeton Piano Trio: Feb 16, 7:00 PM

  • St. Lawrence String Quartet: Mar 22, 7:00 PM

  • Ensemble San Francisco-James Austin Smith and Angela Lee: Apr 26, 7:00 PM

San Jose Metropolitan Band

For over 50 years the San Jose Metropolitan Band has served Silicon Valley by presenting concerts to the community and at civic events as well as providing the opportunity for amateur musicians to rehearse and perform in a large symphonic ensemble.  The band rehearses on Monday evenings at Obi Studios, located at 320 Piercy Road, San Jose, CA and rehearsals are open to all wind and percussion musicians without audition. The band comfortably sight reads grade-3 music, typically plays grade 4-5 and occasionally tackles grade 6 compositions. In a typical year the band presents two formal indoor concerts and at least four outdoor concerts, including the Morgan Hill 4th of July parade.

Upcoming Performances

  • Help One Child Holiday Program: Time is TBD

Mission Chamber Orchestra

Bringing South Bay audiences spirited performances of the best contemporary works as well as the finest music from the classical tradition at affordable prices, the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose, conducted by Emily Ray, is a vital musical force in Silicon Valley. The orchestra is known for presenting exciting soloists, for its outreach to various ethnic groups through diverse programming, and for its collaborations with other arts organizations.  To encourage the continuation of musical studies among young people, the orchestra also invites string players from local high schools to appear in side-by-side performances on regular MCOSJ programs.  

Upcoming Performances

  • Mother Nature Speaks: Nov 02, 7:30 PM

  • Pathways to Love: Feb 15,  7:30 PM

  • Spring Rhapsody: Apr 04,  7:30 PM

Noon Arts and Lectures

Upcoming Lectures

  • Michael Mizrahi interprets Beethoven: Nov 01, 12:10 PM

  • John Vidovic: Nov 08, 12:10 PM

Our mission is to enhance and enlarge the artistic and cultural environment of San Jose by making available to the residents a wide range of performance and educational opportunities during weekday noon hours.

Mission Valley Chorus

Mission Valley Chorus is a championship chorus of women singers committed to musical excellence, advancing the art form of barbershop harmony through individual growth, education, performance and community outreach. As a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, members offer friendship, talent and enthusiasm through music to women of all ages!

Upcoming Performances

  • 13th Annual Jingle Bell Tea: Dec 07, 11:30 AM –3:00 PM

San Jose Symphonic Choir

San José Symphonic Choir (SJSC) has performed glorious choral music in the South
Bay and internationally since its founding in 1924 and has sung under the inspiring
leadership of Maestro Leroy Kromm since 1985. We aim to enrich, educate and entertain our audience, as well as preserve and promote choral music of the highest quality. SJSC also wants to recruit vocal talent and develop musicianship and provide a community of fellowship for all associated with the organization. 

Upcoming Performances

  • Handel's Messiah: Nov 23, 7:30 PM

  • Gerald Finzi, In Terra Pax: Dec 07, 7:30 PM

  • You-Sing-It Messiah: Dec 09, 7:30 PM

  • Season of Hope Benefit Concert: Dec 16, 7:30 PM

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Te Deum in D Major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Regina Coeli, K. 276: Mar 21, 7:30 PM

  • Giuseppe Verdi, Messa da Requiem: May 31, 3:00 PM

San Jose Wind Symphony

San Jose Wind Symphony is the West Coast’s premier wind ensemble. Founded by conductor Darrell Johnston in 1958, the group comprises approximately 55 woodwind, brass and percussion players from diverse backgrounds and professions. Under the baton of Maestro Johnston and current music and artistic director, Dr. Edward C. Harris, SJWS has earned a worldwide reputation for superb musicianship and entertaining programming. This year marks the band’s 61st consecutive season, a remarkable achievement for an all-volunteer arts organization.

Upcoming Performances

  • Vive La France!: Oct 20, 3:00 PM

  • English Gardens: Dec 08, 3:00 PM

  • Czech Mate: Feb 16, 3:00 PM

  • That's Italian!: May 17,  3:00 PM

  • Fantastic Fourth!: Jul 04,1:00 PM

American Beethoven Society

The American Beethoven Society is an international organization dedicated to the creative genius of Beethoven, whose music speaks to the heart and mind of humanity. 
The Society’s primary work is the creation and support of a comprehensive collection of Beethoven materials at the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, which is  housed at San Jose State University, San Jose, California. The Center is the largest research institution in the Americas devoted solely to the life, works, and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven. 

Upcoming Performances

  • Beethoven 250th Cello~bration: Nov 16, 11:00 AM – 06:00 PM

  • Annual Beethoven Birthday Bash 2019: Dec 14, 1:00 PM – 06:00 PM

South Bay Guitar Society 

The South Bay Guitar Society presents classical and related guitar styles to people of all
cultures, ages, abilities, and economic means and provides performance opportunities to
professional and amateur musicians. Our events are affordable and indeed some are free to
the public. SBGS typically offers 6 ticketed concerts each year, free monthly open mics, 18-22
annual outreach visits to the schools with local and touring artists, master classes by touring
artists, and free lectures / demonstrations. SBGS also hosts an annual GuitarFest.

Upcoming Performances

  • Andrea Gonzales Caballero, Classical Guitar:
    October 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

  • Duo Melis, Classical Guitar Duo:
    November 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

South Bay Philharmonic 

South Bay Philharmonic is unique among “community orchestras” because it accepts players with a wide range of skill levels, from perhaps “high-school level” to near “professional.” Though always striving to provide the best level of performance possible, SBP offers a low-stress and welcoming environment for all members. The group presents three concerts per year featuring orchestral repertoire as well as short chamber works.

Upcoming Performances

  • A Visit to Italy: Nov 01, 7:30 PM

  • March Concert: Mar 13, 7:30 PM

  • May Concert: May 08, 7:30 PM

Vivace Youth Chorus

Vivace is an engaging choral program for children ages four to eighteen. We offer a challenging, yet developmentally and age appropriate approach to singing. Our Kodály-based choral education program balances vocal training, music theory, and performance. Vivace provides the opportunity to experience the power and poetry of song in an inclusive, co-educational, and nurturing environment that fosters community, confidence, and artistic growth, and creates awareness of our participants' cultures and shared human experience.

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