Tech and the West

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Tech and the West Schedule

July 21 – 22, 2017

New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
113 Lincoln Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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.


2:00 – 2:50 pm
Opening Address by Stewart Cheifet, Host & Executive Producer, Computer Chronicles (PBS).

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Composer Nathaniel Bartlett presents a listening, performance, and discussion session 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.

*Lunch is not provided


10:00 – 11:00 am
Schooled: Dramaturge Cori Ellison hosts  in conversation two close friends of Mason Bates—the masterful John Corigliano (who also taught Mason during his Juilliard work) and the opera composer-librettist (and occasional mentor) Mark Adamo—about teaching, learning, and what happens in between.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Video artists Beryl Korot and Steina Vasulka in conversation with John Hanhardt, art historian and curator of film and media arts.

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.

*Lunch is not provided

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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