By Randy Bobst-McKay, Symphony Silicon Valley

Valentine’s Day brought Carmen to the San Jose International Airport, Intel’s corporate headquarters, several area malls, restaurants and even the 500-member San Jose chapter of Rotary International.  These 17 Random Acts of Culture performances featured Symphony Silicon Valley’s concertmaster on violin and two singers from Opera San Jose bringing to life Bizet’s most familiar music.

(L to R) Symphony Silicon Valley concertmaster Robin Mayforth, Opera San Jose singers Cathleen Candia & Evan Brummel at Intel world headquarters, Santa Clara, California

Why Does Knight Foundation Fund Random Acts of Culture™? Knight Foundation, like its founders Jack and Jim Knight, focuses on promoting informed and engaged communities. To that end, we strongly believe in the potential of the arts to engage residents, and bring a community together. Hearing Handel, or seeing the tango in an unexpected place provides a deeply felt reminder of how the classics can enrich our lives. As you’ll see in our videos, the performances make people smile, dance, grab their cameras – even cry with joy. For those brief moments, people going along in their everyday lives are part of a shared, communal experience that makes their community a more vibrant place to live. In these days of shrinking audiences, we also hope that these random acts will encourage people to attend traditional performances. We can’t promise it. But it’s hard to watch what unfolds during a Random Act of Culture, and not be inspired to see and hear more.

2 Responses to ““Carmen” in San Jose: A Random Acts of Culture™ Valentine’s Day”

  1. Jeanne says:

    I was there (SJC) this week for work day to day stuff, and I appreciate your art! After passing my security check and waiting for transport, I heard the voices of your angels and it transported me to a place that I didn’t need a ticket, or a security check…thank you..you guys made my day…keep up the fantastic work!! =)

  2. Joe says:

    I was lucky enough to be at one of the terminals at SJC. At first I thought your violinist was just being kind enough to play for us before she boarded the flight; that alone was pleasure enough. But when the two singers joined her it was pure magic. What a splendid and unexpected pleasure – thank you!

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