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Tech and the West


A two-year program of exhibits, concerts, and symposia in association with Los Alamos Historical Society, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe Institute, The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, and Santa Fe Opera

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Tech and the West Rendering

Santa Fe, NM – In the summer of 2017 Santa Fe Opera launches Tech and the West, a two-year initiative presented as part of the upcoming world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and the 2018 production of Doctor Atomic. Continuing the Opera’s commitment to engaging communities and broadening the experience and understanding of opera, Tech and the West uses the themes of these productions as an intellectual exploration through exhibits, concerts, and symposia. The programming is being planned in association with several of the organizations that contribute to the diversity of New Mexico’s thinkers: Los Alamos Historical Society, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe Institute, The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Chatter, Cinematheque at Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Patina Gallery, and the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Many minds will come together for Tech and the West to facilitate and participate in discussions – composers, scientists, designers, directors, historians, and lecturers, among others. Events will explore how and if these two operas of biographically-inspired fiction contribute to our understanding of history. Participants will also analyze the similar nature of Steve Jobs and Robert Oppenheimer: how these two monumental influencers wanted control of their worlds and creations yet also desired a greater understanding of the world around them.

Creative Expression and Legacy will be the focus of 2017, and Modern Day Prometheus and Sense of Place will be the focus of 2018.

Patina Gallery Exhibition: Fearless Genius

July 14 – August 13, The Patina Gallery, 131 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe

Photographer Doug Menuez got as close to Steve Jobs as a documentary photographer could get. His images tell an epic story of a pioneer reaching beyod what science said was possible. The Patina Gallery presents this collection Menuez’s work, which spans the three years after Jobs parted ways with Apple, as a complement to the Opera’s production.

Mason Bates and the Del Sol String Quartet

Sunday, July 16, 10:30 AM, Las Puertas, Albuquerque

Sunday, July 16, 4:00 PM, NM History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe

Composer of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Mason Bates  performs with the Del Sol String Quartet, Timothy Skinner, clarinet, and Michael Spassov, piano, in two chamber concerts. Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His music enlivens imaginative narrative forms with novel orchestral writing, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno. Tickets are $15. For the Albuquerque concert they are available via Chatter; tickets for the Santa Fe concert are available online via the Santa Fe Opera Box Office or by phone at 505.986.5900 or 800.280.4654.

The Lensic Presents Doug Menuez: Fearless Genius

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 PM, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St, Santa Fe

The acclaimed photographer Doug Menuez brings observations and insights from his time shadowing Steve Jobs and leaders from inside more than 70 companies, many of them startups that failed. In this insightful, entertaining presentation, Menuez shares photos and eyewitness stories from his book Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000, a behind-the-scenes chronicle of an amazing era and the minds that powered it. Menuez will be introduced by Google’s Ivy Ross, VP for hardware products design and user experience. Tickets are $22 and available via The Lensic Box Office at or 505.988.1234.

Tech and the West Symposium

July 21-22, New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe

The Tech and the West 2017 events culminate in a weekend of discussion and conversation on the eve of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs premiere on July 22. Single day admission is $50, or $95 for both days. Register online here.

Friday, July 21

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Opening Address by television producer Stewart Cheifet.

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Composer Nathaniel Bartlett leads a discussion on concert music and the personal computer revolution.

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Composers John Corigliano and Mark Adamo in conversation with dramaturg Cori Ellison.

Saturday, July 22

10:00 – 11:00 am

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs creative team panel discussion moderated by dramaturg Cori Ellison. The session will examine and unpack the creative choices involved in curating moments-in-time of the life of Steve Jobs to narrative to opera to stage production.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

American video artists Beryl Korot and Steina Vasulka in conversation with John Hanhardt, consulting senior curator for media arts at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Panel discussion on creative expression with composer Nathaniel Bartlett, psychologist Dorella Bond, and designer Leah Buechley, moderated by Andrew J. Wulf, director of the NM History Museum.

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Closing address by David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times.

The mission of The Santa Fe Opera is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians, and arts administrators; and to foster and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.