THE FAIRMONT - SILICON VALLEY'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST
by Roy Webb
With the meteoric growth of the computer industry, Silicon Valley became one of the world's busiest hubs. And, the capital of this high-tech Mecca is San Jose. Over the past decade, San Jose is now home to the brightest minds in the computer, semiconductor and biotech industries. The area has exploded onto the world economic stage as the third largest city in California boasting the highest disposable household income in the US. San Jose has the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world and leads the nation in patent generation. It is not surprising that innovation and creativity aren't just words in San Jose.
The city, founded in 1777, is the oldest civil settlement in California and hosts several of the country's most unique events including the International Symposium for Electronic Arts, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space conference, the Tech Museum Awards and the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.
The heartbeat of the city is the Fairmont hotel. Since it opened its doors in October 1987 as the city's premier hotel, the Fairmont San Jose remains the jewel of the city's thriving downtown area. The hotel plays an integral role in the community, hosting presidents, dignitaries, celebrities, CEOs and noted scholars. In addition, The Fairmont is quite unique in that it partners with San Jose's finest charitable and social organizations to host many of the city's major events.
The hotel is almost an art museum as it features a 1,300 piece contemporary art collection including three monumental paintings called "Tuscan Doors" by French artist Tapiezo.
These luminous works in three color themes may be viewed in the hotel's main reception area as well as the foyer entrance lobby of the hotel's new tower.
San Jose offers its residents and visitors a wide range of cultural and entertainment options. Quality concerts and major stage performances in the City's Repertory Theatre, a pro hockey team - The Sharks.
Ballet San Jose has become known as one of this country's most innovative, "classically-based" ballet companies with a resident company of 33 dancers, and a repertoire of over 120 traditional and modern classical ballets. Dennis Nahat guides the company and ballet school. A Broadway performer and choreographer, City Center Joffrey Ballet dancer and principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, Mr. Nahat has built a "dancer's company" that attracts first-rate performers from around the world.
San Jose also has the San Jose Repertory Theatre founded by James P. Reber in 1980 as San Jose's first resident professional theatre, the Rep soon became the fastest growing regional theatre in the country and with the arrival of Ms. Timothy Near as Artistic Director in 1987 came a more focused commitment. Ms Near is in her nineteenth season as Artistic Director of San Jose Rep. Under her leadership the Rep has grown to become a valued and integral part of the community and among the most respected and artistically adventurous resident non-profit theatres in the country. During her watch, the Rep has produced 12 World Premieres, four American Premieres, 28 West Coast Premieres and 22 Bay Area Premieres, and launched the New American Playwrights Festival.
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