For the past 15 years San José Chamber Orchestra and the Choral Project, directed by Daniel Hughes, have presented an annual multi-holiday seasonal concert in December entitled Winter’s Gifts. More than a thousand people choose to share this tradition with us each year. We partner occasionally on additional projects, including Choral Project appearing on San José Chamber Orchestra concert events and San José Chamber Orchestra providing orchestral support for special Choral Project events.
For the past 30 years, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition has attracted each June some of the world’s finest young string players to San Francisco. It has achieved international recognition as one of the most prestigious classical music competitions, recognized for the high caliber of the contestants, its unique, nurturing environment, and its commitment to the commissioning of new works. For the past 5 years, San José Chamber Orchestra has been featuring winners of the Klein Competition in its young artists concert: cellists Coleman Itzkoff (2017), Oliver Herbert (2016), Charles Seo (2015), and Austin Huntington (2013), violinist Youjin Lee (2014).
San José Chamber Orchestra has partnered in enhancing the modern dance experience with live music in various San José and San Francisco venues with the adventurous sjDANCEco ensemble. From solo piano works to full orchestra in the pit, we enjoy the process of connecting movement with sound, and sharing this with audiences that contain hundreds of young people who don’t often experience dancers performing with live musicians!
Led artistically by San Francisco Opera Center Director and internationally acclaimed soprano Sheri Greenawald, the Merola Opera Program is an independent nonprofit organization that operates in collaboration with the San Francisco Opera. Founded in 1957 and named for San Francisco Opera’s founder, Gaetano Merola, the program is recognized as one of the most prestigious operatic training programs in the world. San José Chamber Orchestra is delighted to be partnering with Merola Opera Program to present stellar graduates of Merola in the South Bay as part of our young artist presentation each May.