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San Jose Mercury News Sal Pizarro column

July 8, 2014

By Sal Pizarro, San Jose Mercury News



July 08--Target Summer Pops, the fun and free outdoor series produced by Symphony Silicon Valley, is returning with a great lineup of five concerts July 26 through Aug. 3, covering everything from opera and Cole Porter to mariachi and the Beatles.

But a production like this one, which takes place on San Jose State's Tower Lawn, doesn't happen by itself. A brigade of volunteers is needed to greet people, pass out programs and surveys, hand out free water and -- for the two Sunday concerts -- scoop free ice cream for about 3,000 people. Lee Kopp, who is coordinating volunteers for Symphony Silicon Valley, says about 22,000 people attended the concerts last year and more are expected this time around.

Volunteers will get plenty of time to hear the concerts themselves, too, Kopp says. And if that's not ample enticement, volunteers also will be offered two tickets to a Symphony Silicon Valley concert next season. For more information on how to help, call Kopp at 408-286-2600, ext. 26, or email lkopp@symphonysiliconvalley.org. The concert lineup is available at www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.

BRONCOS ON STAGE: Santa Clara University grad Jeffrey Adams is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works.

Coincidentally, the Cinderella to Adams' Prince is Monique Hafen, one of his classmates in Santa Clara's theater arts program.

CELEBRATING CHINESE ACHIEVEMENTS: The Saratoga History Museum has a new traveling exhibit opening Sunday called "Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley." As you might guess from its title, it explores the history of the Chinese-American community in the valley from the 19th-century to today.

There's an opening reception at 2 p.m. Sunday at the museum at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, and those expected to attend include Saratoga Mayor Emily Lo, historian Connie Young Yu and Brenda Wong, president of the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project. Entertainment will be provided by the Tamkang drum team, which blends drumming, Chinese dance, tai chi and martial arts.

The free exhibit runs through Oct. 26, and you can get more information at www.saratogahistory.com.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.

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