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“O” is for Opera!


But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, [...]

What Is Art?


I. Categories of Art      Α. Apples and Oranges (and Drano) Β. Ancient Values i. Aesthetics (the philosophy of art) ii. Platonic Forms iii. Truth, Beauty and Transcendence   C. Taste, Craft and Culture i. Opinion or Fact i. The Fine Art of… ii. The Anthrpolical View     II. Modern, Pre and Post [...]

Christmas Finale


Friday night the West Valley College Chamber Singers and College Chorale, accompanied by the SJSU Symphony Orchestra, delivered an absolutely masterful performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of the Magnificat.   The WV singers also presented several other works including stirring renditions of Light of a Clear Blue Morning and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  But don’t take our word [...]

Pretty Young Men

All the Pretty Young Men

(UPDATED) Last night students from Sandra Bengochea’s (MU 44) Musical Theater and Opera Scenes class gave their final performance of the semester.  Anyone who was there will tell you that it was positively delightful!  Here is just one of the vignettes, ”Pretty Young Men” (Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead; Music: Lucy Simon).  Stay tuned for more clips… MU 44 [...]