La Oferta

July 25, 2024

Events Around the Bay

By Lina Broydo

Two Stunning Performances of “Carmina Burana” Culminate the Symphony San Jose’s Unforgettable 2022/2023 Season 

June 3 at 8 p.m. & June 4 at 2:30 p.m., 2023

The iconic and architecturally impressive California Theater is the perfect setting for the final performances of the Symphony San Jose’s 2022/2023 season with the spectacular production of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.

Featuring the lyric soprano Maria Valdes, tenor Martin Bakari, baritone Brian James Myer along with the amazing musicians and conductor Carlos Vieu of  Symphony San Jose, Chorale Director: Elena Sharkova; Symphony San Jose Chorale, Santa Clara Chorale and Cantabile Youth Singers as they come to a fortissimo crescendo for the Symphony’s final program – the Samuel Barber’s haunting masterpiece, Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Added soloists, three choirs and the full orchestra then join Valdes in Carl Orff’s exuberant cantata Carmina Burana, based on medieval poems and songs while celebrating the sensual life.

This is a true Masterpiece not to be missed!


Ticket prices start at $55


California Theatre, 325 South First Street in San Jose

Photos of Conductor: Carlos View, and Soloist Maria Valdes, courtesy of the artists and Symphony San Jose

Photo of the interior of the California Theatre by Robert Shomler


Bouquets to Art Erupt at the de Young Museum

For One Week Only! June 6-11

Treat yourself to the magnificence of fresh flowers as a tribute for Bouquets to Art. See more than 100 floral displays in conversation with artworks from the de Young’s permanent collection, designed by the Bay Area’s leading floral designers.

Critically acclaimed artist and floral designer Louesa Roebuck riffs on classic rules of Japanese flower arrangement using foraged flora from the neighboring  San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Proceeds from this beloved floral fundraiser, now in its 39th year, help underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the de Young and Legion of Honor.

Information; reserve your tickets in advance.

Tickets ($55) include general admission entry to Bouquets to Art, and the Kehinde Wiley and Ansel Adams exhibitions.

De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

Legion of Honor Museum

Lincoln Park in San Francisco

Photos courtesy of

100 34th Avenue


“Bay Philharmonic Plays Beethoven” in Union City

June 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven would have been thrilled to hear his music performed by the Bay Philharmonic

Orchestra (formerly Fremont Symphony), one of the most innovative orchestras in the Bay Area. With its superbly talented musicians accompanying Charlie Albright, the  internationally renowned and award-winning pianist and composer who as the Washington Post says is “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” and under the brilliant baton of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, the sounds of mesmerizing high-energy performances will feature two of Beethoven’s most beloved works—the rhythmically exciting “Seventh Symphony” and the thrilling “Third Piano Concerto.”

Described by The New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm” and The Los Angeles Times as “a real grabber,” Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique approach and vision for symphonic music.

Together, Pak and Albright will explore the limitless possibilities and timeless relevance of music that remains very much alive today. And as Maestro Pak says, “This is not a symphony concert, but an opportunity to have a ridiculous amount of fun and joy!”  Well I am ready for some classical fun and hope so are you!


1800 “H” Street in Union City

Tickets are $35 to $67 and are available on the Bay Philharmonic website

James Logan High School Performing Arts Center


“Cinema Sabaya” is ready for screening in Los Gatos 

June 3 at 8:30 p.m.

A winner of multiple Israeli Academy Awards “Cinema Sabaya” drama will unfold as part of the 2023 Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (SVJFF). The lavish outdoor grounds setting of the JCC in Los Gatos is a perfect showcase to present a fascinating story of a number of Jewish and Arab women who attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv who teaches them to document their lives.

“Cinema Sabaya” presents a heartfelt portrait of art’s capacity to unite communities, moving effortlessly between the gravity of their conversations and the genuine joy of this unlikely group of friends. The movie which won five “Ophir” Awards (Israel’s equivalent of the “Oscars”) was Israel’s Official submission to the 95th Academy Awards.


JCC in Los Gatos

Photo courtesy of svjff