Saratoga’s first music and drama performances were held in the Theatre-by-the-Glade on the hillsides of Saratoga Creek. These early productions launched the careers of Olivia de Haviland and her sister, Joan Fontaine. Today, Saratoga is home to world-renowned music and drama events. In addition, many community performing arts programs are available to local residents for their active participation.
Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Rd. (408) 961-5800
Montalvo is a non-profit organization with programs in literary, performing and visual arts, artist residency and arts education. Located in the Saratoga hills, Montalvo occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres, which Senator James Phelan left to the people for the encouragement of art, music, literature and architecture. The estate and grounds comprise two theaters, a Mediterranean-style villa, visual arts gallery, a new live/work campus for practicing artists, hiking trails and gardens. The grounds are open to the public most days throughout the year. For information on arts events or park hours, visit www.montalvoarts.org/.
The Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Rd. (408) 741-2820
In 1901 Paul Masson purchased land in the hills overlooking Saratoga. Vineyards were planted and a magnificent winery building and chateau were built on the property. With the vine-covered facade of the mountain winery as a backdrop, the bowl of land in front of the antique portals became a festive amphitheater in 1958 for the first of a series of summer concerts. In 1960, the Mountain Winery was designated a California Historical Landmark. The Mountain Winery is a destination spot for corporate meetings and parties, weddings and Summer Concert series. Minutes away yet worlds apart from the hectic pace of Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.mountainwinery.com.
Saratoga Civic Center Theatre
13777 Fruitvale Ave. (408) 868-1249
This city-owned, 300-seat theatre is used by the Saratoga Drama Group (408) (264-3110) and the West Valley Light Opera (408) (268-3777).
Orchestra members perform for the educational benefits of participation and for the appreciation of music. The goals of the orchestra are to provide the musicians with the opportunity to participate in a symphony orchestra, to bring both familiar and rarely-performed works to the community’s cultural life, to provide local artists the opportunity to perform solo works with a symphony orchestra, and to premier the works of local composers. This is a community orchestra and a non-profit organization that gives free concerts, with donations gratefully appreciated. Conductor Dr. Jason Klein talks about each music program piece for the audience before it is performed. This adds pleasure to Saratoga Symphony concerts.
Concert Location : See Saratoga Symphony website for its next concert location and map
Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company
An outdoor theatre company based in Silicon Valley dedicated to providing free performances of William Shakespeare’s and other notable authors’ works to the public. Please visit www.shadyshakes.org.
West Valley College Theatre
14000 Fruitvale Ave. (408) 741-2058
The theatre features student music and drama productions. For additional information, visit www.westvalley.edu/fa/theatre.
West Valley Masterworks Chorale
14000 Fruitvale Ave. (408) 741-2466
This community chorus is open to singers by audition. For more information, please visit westvalleychoirs.org.