Tickets & Events in San Jose


Select Local Merchants

When the California Theatre opened its doors in 1927, the event was marked by fanfare and stardom. Hollywood elite came out to celebrate and witness the brand-new Wurlitzer console organ’s 1,521 pipes and the chandeliers dangling within the intimate auditorium. Today, stepping into the California Theatre is like returning to that day. After $80 million of renovations restored it to its former glory, the 1,122-seat auditorium now stands as an outstandingly preserved example of a 1920s motion-picture house, boasting that same Wurlitzer organ and the ghosts of the same ticket takers, alongside modern technological updates.
345 South 1st Street
San Jose,
CA
US
• For $36, you get a seat in section 201–203 or 213–230 (a $54.20 value before fees, or up to a $71.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $56, you get a seat in section 113–120 (a $94.20 value before fees, or up to a $112.90 value online, including all ticketing fees).
525 W Santa Clara St
San Jose,
CA
US
Quartet San Francisco is a vibrantly nontraditional ensemble, and will play two pieces that celebrate the welcome inspirations of jazz, tango, and spring, all within glorious acoustic and architectural environs. San Jose Chamber Orchestra’s venerable conductor Barbara Day Turner, known for her innovative programming, wields the baton as the bestringed foursome delivers Anica Galindo’s "Trinitas III" and Henry Mollicone’s "Fantasía Para Cuerdas." Violin co-conspirators Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose, viola repeat offender Keith Lawrence, and stealthy cellist Gianna Abondolo are deft crossover artists as well as Grammy nominees, having played in a multiplicity of genres and performed in strikingly diverse venues around the country.
1034 Bennett Way
San Jose,
CA
US
For the 26th year, Mannheim Steamroller ushers in the holidays with its annual Christmas tour, as two classically trained troupes of musicians travel cross-country to energize audiences with seasonal spirit. Captained by industry trailblazer Chip Davis since the mid-1980s, the ensemble's modern re-workings of adored Christmas jingles were originally met with widespread skepticism from record distributors, retail stores, and indecisive shopping-mall Santas. Today, with more than 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller's unconventional electronic tempo continues to breathe new life into classics such as "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," and "The First Noel." Adding to an already stuffed career stocking, the band has also collaborated with musical icons such as Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, and jazz legend Paul Winter.
135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose,
CA
US
Celebrating its 40th season, the nonprofit Lyric Theatre regales the public with extravagantly staged productions of classic light operas. Feast ear-buds on sweet sounds performed by a volunteer troupe of opera-trained actor-singers, a full chorus, a 24-piece live orchestra, and one extremely skilled conductor's baton. The Lyric Theatre's The Sorcerer begins the quartet by mixing Victorian comedic stylings with Bollywood-inspired staging. The Gondoliers, Gilbert and Sullivan's lively tale of royal mix-ups, makes a melodic mockery of the British social system. The nautical chuckle-fests H.M.S. Pinafore and season-closer The Pirates of Penzance tickle funny bones of all ages with peppy maritime music and historically accurate knot-tying jargon.
291 South Market Street
San Jose,
CA
US
Made up of acclaimed musicians who have played with Boston, Sammy Hagar, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the December People spike holiday carols with the power chords and epic drum solos of classic rock. Using its collective experience and a team of songwriting elves kidnapped from the North Pole, the band turns wailing works by rock ‘n’ roll powerhouses such as Santana, ZZ Top, Boston, and YES into industrial-strength holiday music. Carol lyrics are transcribed over favorite rock hits, juxtaposing “Joy to the World” with The Who's “Won't Get Fooled Again” and “The Night Before Christmas” with “Stairway to Heaven.” While audiences lift lighters and illuminate their noses, camera crews capture the concert for the TV series Backline, scheduled for national release next year. As crowd members may appear in the video, they should dress according to the rules of television, eschewing white or striped clothing, hats, visible brand names or logos, and greenscreen bodysuits. In addition to savoring hard-rocking Christmas cheer, attendees delight in the joyous feeling of benefiting Sobrato Arts, a nonprofit organization that mentors and trains Bay Area high-school students interested in the arts.
960 West Hedding Street
San Jose,
CA
US
Advertisement