Sylvia Anderson, Founder - Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute

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is honored to present  

The Greek Performance Symposium
San Francisco

"A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion" - 

2014 THEMECommunication in Operatic Performance

There is much to be done in our world to expand our cultural participation and understanding.  One of the  ways to help, we believe, is to empower our young people to keep their hopes and dreams alive 
through the arts. 

Creating a high level of musical, artistic, philosophical and spiritual discussions within our societies,
may help to establish new ideas and firm commitments to preserve the arts. In addition, education of audiences 
could lead to a greater public support of performing artists.

In ancient Greece people came to a symposium to drink, listen to music and philosophize.  Through that practice the symposium came alive and brought people together through sharing their thirst for knowledge, their own ideas, at the same time enjoying the talents of artists and musicians in their midst.

This year BASOTI  is  delighted to bring to you the Greek Symposium.  
Singers will explain their opera arias and songs, translate the language if it is a foreign one, and share what they find appealing in the music or text.  The audience will respond after the presentation with questions or remarks about the performance.
The audience will be served champagne for their drinking pleasure while listening to the concert, and all will enjoy a lively discussion thereafter.

It is our hope that the singer and the audience get to know each other better - that singers get a feeling for the listening power of the audience and the audience gain insights into the material.  

Without the joy of singing, acting and dancing, we will plunge into a material-based world. A world without imagination or dedication to the higher and finer things in life is bound to deteriorate.

There will be a holiday concert symposium in December
6th and three more in 2015.  The concerts will be held at the 7th Avenue Presbyterian Church in their upper chambers with the Steinway grand piano.  Ten singers will perform in each concert.  Stay informed through our Facebook page and here on this website.

Dates and times will be posted soon.





The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs or other school-administered programs.