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PO Box 60312 Sunnyvale, CA 94088
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Nova Vista Symphony
Nova Vista Symphony in Sunnyvale
About the Nova Vista Symphony The Nova Vista Symphony, established in 1966, is comprised of more than 60 volunteer musicians of wide age range and ethnic background. The orchestra’s fourfold mission is: to make live classical music attractive and accessible to individuals and families at a reasonable price; to expose youngsters to classical music and educate tomorrow’s audiences; to provide an opportunity for musicians – talented but choosing careers other than music – to perform with a top quality orchestra; and to provide a showcase for local soloists and composers.

A Brief History of the Nova Vista Symphony
•Sunnyvale Symphony combined with members of the Foothill College orchestra to form the Nova Vista Symphony in 1966
•First performance on November 18, 1966 in the Smithwick Theatre
•Annual Young Artist Competition held 1966-1978, resumed in 1988
•Performed at the dedication ceremony for the new Flint Center on June 4, 1971
•Reorganized as nonprofit organization in 1979 after budget cuts to the Foothill-DeAnza district nearly eliminated source of support
•Annual fundraiser with fireworks at Mirassou Vineyards, 1983-1994
•1993 Concert with Nuclear Whales saxophone sextet packed Smithwick Theatre
•Conductor search in 2000 drew over 80 applicants from four continents; four finalists conducted the 2000-2001 season
•Collaboration with International Russian Piano Music Competition since 2002
•Collaboration with Leroy Kromm and the San Jose Symphonic Choir since 2009
•Conductors:
John Mortarotti, 1966-1975
Nelson Tandoc, 1970-1977 (assistant conductor and conductor)
Dr. Lauren Jakey, 1977-1985
Emily Ray, 1985-2000
Nuvi Mehta, 2001-2006
Ann Krinitsky, 2006-2010
Anthony Quartuccio, 2010-present

Concert Locations:

DeAnza Visual and Performing Arts Center
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA

From the Peninsula: Take Highway 101 or 280 to Route 85 south. Exit east on Stevens Creek Boulevard.

From the East Bay: Take Highway 880 south to route 237. Take Route 237 west to Route 85. Exit east on Stevens Creek Boulevard.

From Gilroy/Morgan Hill: Take 101 north to Route 85 north. Exit on Stevens Creek Boulevard.

The Arts Center is the rust-colored building near the corner of Stevens Creek and Stelling, on the northeast part of campus. Close-in parking is in Lot A
A $2 parking fee is required.

Church of the Ascension
12033 Miller Ave.
Saratoga, CA

From Highway 85, take Saratoga Avenue heading north. Take the first left on Lawrence Expressway, then left again on Prospect Rd. (If you miss the Lawrence turn, you can a take a left on Prospect a little further up.) The main parking entrance is on Prospect Rd., around the corner from the Miller Avenue entrance.


West Valley College Theater
14000 Fruitvale Ave.
Saratoga, CA

From Highway 85: Exit Saratoga Avenue west. Continue on Saratoga Avenue to Fruitvale Avenue (1/2 mile). Move to left lane and turn onto Fruitvale. Turn left at Allendale Avenue and turn right at Theater Way. Turn left off Theater Way at East College Drive to Parking Lot 7 on left. Cross street to walking path to theater.

There are kiosks at the West Valley parking lots issuing daily parking permits. The fee is $2. Some machines take only quarters; some take dollars. Parking Lot 7 is the closest to the theater. (The school's main address is 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, but the best access to the theater is to enter the campus on Theater Way off of Allendale Avenue.)


McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center
Saratoga High School
20300 Herriman Ave. (at Saratoga Sunnyvale Road)
Saratoga, CA 95070

From San Francisco: Highway 280 South. Exit Highway 85 South. Drive approximately 3 miles, exiting at De Anza Blvd. (Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.) Turn right onto De Anza Blvd. (towards Saratoga).

From Oakland/San Jose: Highway 880 South to Highway 17 South. Exit Highway 85 North, driving approximately 3 miles, exiting at De Anza Blvd. (Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.) Turn right onto De Anza Blvd. (towards Saratoga).

From Santa Cruz: Highway 17 North. Exit Highway 85 North, driving approximately 3 miles to the De Anza Blvd. exit (Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.) Turn left on De Anza Blvd. (towards Saratoga).

Drive approximately 2 miles to the traffic light at Herriman Ave. Turn left at Herriman Ave. and immediately right into the theater parking lot.
PO Box 60312 Sunnyvale, CA 94088
Phone: 408-245-3116
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