Renowned Speakers

on the Saroyan Stage

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Vijay Gupta

Violinist, Genius Fellow, Humanitarian

Changing Lives, Note by Note

April 20, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Violinist Vijay ​Gupta ​attended Juilliard at seven, performed with the Israel Philharmonic at eleven, and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 19. Torn between pursuing a career as a doctor or a violinist, he chose a bow instead of a scalpel to treat and heal society’s marginalized: the homeless and the mentally ill. Tapping the power of music therapy, he co-founded ​Street Symphony​, a coalition of 90 musicians who harness the power of the arts to foster social connection by engaging communities affected by homelessness and incarceration through performances, workshops, and teaching artistry.​ ​ By age 31, Gupta was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow for his work as a violinist and social justice advocate “providing musical enrichment and valuable human connection to the homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.”​ Recognized by ​2019 Time 100 Next​ as a rising star shaping the future, Gupta ​delivers a symphonic message about music as a powerful instrument for healing and problem solving. This inspiring presentation will conclude with a special musical moment with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotada.


Special Event

TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY

Written by Eric Weinburger and Elaine Bromka

October 13, 2021 | 10:30am | Online

Exclusive for Early Season Ticket holders and Sponsors

Tea for Three is an online Vimeo play followed by a live Q&A with Elaine Bromka, Emmy® award-winner, star and co-writer. A witty, charming recreation of the reminiscences of three memorable First Ladies, Tea for Three chronicles the legacies of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as they prepare to leave the White House.

Season Ticket holders who purchase by September 22, 2021 will be contacted via email to register for the show. On the day of the presentation (October 13, 2021), registrants will receive a non-shareable link to the Vimeo play and directions for getting on the Question-and-Answer Webinar with Elaine Bromka following the play.

Acclaimed American actress Elaine Bromka is known for co-writing the one-woman play Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty with Eric H. Weinberger, in which Bromka portrayed First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Her thirty-plus year career has included appearances in numerous movies and television programs as well as on and off-Broadway productions. Bromka is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and a faculty member at Smith and NYU.

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