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May 14, 2009

Target to underwrite free Symphony Silicon Valley outdoor concert series...

Press release from City of San Jose Office of Economic Development - Excerpts

       San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed today announced during a press conference at San Jose City Hall that Target is sponsoring a series of free outdoor performances to take place August 22-September 27 throughout Downtown San Jose.

       The performances include the debut of the Target Summer Pops, a free Symphony Silicon Valley music festival taking place August 22-30, on the mall at the 4th and San Carlos at San Jose State University.  Also Target is the Presenting Sponsor of the San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival,...

      "Target believes that the arts bring communities together by creating experiences that cross cultures, inspire ideas for the future, and enrich life today," said Benny Boveda, district manager, Target. "We are very excited to help make these free upcoming performances possible and invite everyone in the San Jose area and throughout Northern California to come experience the exciting diverse performances."

       Both the Target Summer Pops and the Feria del Mariachi will offer free admission and are intended to engage a broad swath of area's diverse population, both those who have a passion for these musical forms and those who want to try something new. 

      "We applaud Target's support for these free concerts in San Jose," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.  "Music helps fuel the creativity and innovation that power the San Jose/ Silicon Valle economy.  It's our hope that unique, diverse cultural experiences, such as the Target-sponsored free concerts, further inspire those who will help create the future," said Reed.

      Target Summer Pops kicks off 7 p.m., Sunday, August 23, at San Jose State University with an evening of film scores by the legendary composer John Williams performed by Symphony Silicon Valley led by Maestro Bruce Hangen.  Hangen will also lead a family concert, 3 p.m., Sunday, August 23 that will include harmonica virtuoso Bonfiglio.  The first 1,200 children to arrive will be given free harmonicas and a quick lesson courtesy of Bonfiglio and Target.  

       "We truly thank Target's support of the arts.  Their involvement is making possible for Symphony Silicon Valley to extend our program and grow our audience base.  We hope these free performances expose the Symphony to a new group of music lovers who will continue to support us throughout our regular season," said Andrew Bales.  "While we love performing at our home inside San Jose's historic California Theater, Symphony Silicon Valley can't wait to perform outside in the fresh summer air surrounded by the beauty of San Jose State's campus," said Bales.

    The series continues throughout August and will include the following performances:

7 p.m., Saturday, August 22  Movie Magic: John Williams' film scores with Symphony Silicon Valley (Bruce Hangen, conductor)

3 p.m., Sunday, August 23  Family Concert on the Grass with Lemony Snicket's 'The Composer is Dead!'. Bonfiglio on harmonica, and Symphony Silicon Valley (Bruce Hangen, conductor)

5 p.m., Tuesday, August 25   Cleo Lane and ensemble sing jazz standards

7 p.m., Saturday, August 29  Classical Mystery Tour presenting The Beatles with Symphony Silicon Valley

3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 30  Old-time Band Shell Concert & Ice Cream Social  with Tony Clements leading Symphony Silicon Valley brass

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