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Stanford Report, June 19, 2002

San Jose Symphony Orchestra to perform fireworks concert

Despite its financial collapse, the San Jose Symphony Orchestra will perform as scheduled at the annual July 3 fireworks concert in Frost Amphitheater, according to event organizers.

Tickets for "San Jose Symphony and Fireworks," presented by Stanford Lively Arts, are still on sale, with lawn, chair and table seating available. For more information or tickets, call (650) 725-2787, visit the web at http://livelyarts.stanford.edu or stop by the Stanford Ticket Office in Tresidder Union. Stanford faculty and staff are eligible for substantial discounts on the price of admission (a maximum of two adult and two student or youth tickets may be purchased at a discount per ID). These discounted tickets must be bought in person at the Ticket Office, where staff/faculty IDs must be presented.

Stanford Hospital employees do not qualify for the discount. Other student and child discounts also are available.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A selection of food and beverages -- from burgers and box lunches to wine and dessert -- will be on sale close to the entrance gates. Lawn, beach and folding chairs; large coolers; strollers and wagons; umbrellas; barbecue grills and pets are not permitted. Smoking is not allowed.

The program will feature Star-Spangled Banner, by John Stafford Smith; Fanfare for the Common Man and A Lincoln Portrait, by Aaron Copland; American Salute, by Morton Gould; Variations on "America," by Charles Ives; Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture, by George Gershwin; selections from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein; Ellington Fantasy, by Duke Ellington; and John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, which marks the beginning of the pyrotechnics (weather permitting). Leonid Grin conducts.

The symphony began performing the fireworks concert, which is held the night before Independence Day, in 1997. "We're so pleased that the public can have another opportunity to hear the San Jose Symphony, a Bay Area favorite, and we're proud to be supporting the musicians in their efforts to remain vital and re-emerge in the future," said Lois Wagner, director of Stanford Events. "This is a partnership that we have enjoyed since 1997, and one that we would like to see continue. As for next summer, it's too soon to tell, but we wish the symphony every success in its restructuring."

The 123-year-old orchestra, which is running a deficit of about $3 million, announced plans earlier this month to file for bankruptcy. The symphony's transition executive committee has reported that the orchestra will discontinue performances for as long as 18 months as the organization undergoes a major overhaul. According to a report from the Advisory Panel on the Future of the San Jose Symphony, there needs to be a "clean break" from the old organization.