Tech and the West

Tech and the West Schedule

July 21 – 22, 2017

Tech and the West is 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 community and broadening the experience and understanding of opera, Tech and the West uses the themes of these productions as the baseline for an intellectual exploration through exhibits, concerts, and symposia. 

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 the historical truth. 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.


FRIDAY, JULY 21

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Opening Address by Television Producer Stewart Cheifet.

3:00 – 4:00 pm
A conversation with American Video Artist Beryl Korot.

4:15 – 5:00 pm
Composers John Corigliano and Mark Adamo in conversation with Cori Ellison.

*Lunch is not provided

SATURDAY, JULY 22

10:00 – 11:00 am
Creative Team Panel Discussion moderated by 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
Composer Nathaniel Bartlett leads a discussion on Concert Music and the Personal Computer Revolution.

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Panel Discussion on Creative Expression with Composer Nathaniel Bartlett, Psychologist Dorella Bond, and Designer Leah Buechley, moderated by Andy Wulf.

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Closing Address by David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times.

*Lunch is not provided


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This 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.


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The (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs

Get your seats for our world premiere by composer Mason Bates, who's music blends expressive electronics, including guitar, with rich opera orchestration.

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For more information, contact:


Education & Community Programs

505-946-2417
education@santafeopera.org