March 02, 2004
Symphony Silicon Valley Announces Its Move To The Historic California Theatre
Symphony Silicon Valley Announces its 2004-2005 Season And Move To Historic California Theatre
Symphony Silicon Valley announced today that it will move its 2004-05 season
performances from the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts into the newly
renovated California Theater in downtown San Jose. Formerly a landmark
movie palace dating from 1927, the 1,100 seat theatre is being restored as
an opulent opera and concert performing facility. The Symphony's season
will open October 9 and 10, 2004, with a gala weekend of classic American
film music in tribute to the new theatre's golden age, sponsored by Calpine
This move will offer Symphony Silicon Valley's classical music audiences
great advantages, says Peter Cartwright, Chair of the Symphony Board and
Chairman and CEO of Calpine. The new theater is an intimate space, with
only 20 rows of seats in the orchestra and eleven in the balcony; yet the
stage is generously sized to accommodate the orchestra. The audience will be
enveloped by the music, and will be able to see the performers clearly from
The theatre's non-musical amenities are equally appealing. The elaborate
period decoration will be restored to its original elegance, creating a
festive atmosphere for concertgoers. Side aisles, comfortable seating, easy
elevator access, handicapped seats in all areas, a central enclosed
courtyard, plentiful and convenient restrooms on both orchestra and balcony
levels, a large rehearsal hall ideal for pre-performance talks and
educational programming, all will add to audience members' enjoyment.
Located at 345 South First Street just south of San Carlos Street, the
California Theatre enjoys abundant nearby parking and easy curbside access.
It is surrounded on all sides by well over a dozen of San Jose's most
outstanding restaurants, ideally situated for brunch, dining or dessert
before or following each performance.
In addition the move into its new home, Symphony Silicon Valley has
announced the addition of a Sunday matinee performance series to the
Saturday evening series for 2004-05.
The Symphony is also expanding the number of subscription programs next
season to seven pairs of concerts in the California Theater, an increase
from four single concert programs just one year ago.