Skip to Content

ARC Orchestra Features “Carmen” This Fall

September 10, 2020

The ARC Orchestra invites the community to an informative and entertaining virtual spotlight on Bizet's timeless opera “Carmen” this fall.

Led by Director and ARC Music professor Dr. Steven Thompson, the Orchestra is offering a combination of online rehearsals with lectures from experts across the curriculum - including lawyers, professors, and opera singers in virtual lecture halls.

“If you love opera and want to take a deeper dive into one of the most enduring classics of all time, you need to check out the ARC Orchestra’s ‘Carmen’ Project,” said Thompson. “I invite all opera fans - and music lovers in general - to join us this fall.”

Here is the schedule for the “Carmen” project. All events are on Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom and on the college’s YouTube channel:

September 2

Join Thompson for an overview of the opera, its connections to the present, its history, and its musical significance.

September 16

How to Kill Your Lover And Maybe Get Away With It – David Brooks, author and former public defender in El Dorado and Placer counties

September 30

The Music of Spain and Its Influence Across the Musical World Anna Maria Mendieta, acclaimed harpist for Tango Del Cielo

October 7

CSI Seville: Tracing The Authentic Roots of Prosper Merimee's Novella, “Carmen” – Laura Pritchard, San Francisco Opera/Harvard University

October 14

Carmen: Foremost Femme Fatale – Robin Fisher, Professor of Music, Sacramento State University

October 21

Why the Bullfighter Always Gets the Girl: The Archetypes of Don Jose and Escamillo – Paul Epstein, MA in Psychology and Drama Therapy

November 4

A Conversation with Music Historian Robert Greenberg, Former Professor of Music with the San Francisco Conservatory and lecturer with the Great Courses

November 18

Mindfulness in Music – Alexander Kahn, Professor of Music, Sonoma State University

Thompson lectures at ARC where he also directs the ARC Orchestra, a unique, like-no-other, multi-generational, community college orchestra. Thompson has brought Salsa and Hip-hop and Beethoven and more to audiences across California. He has written textbooks and composed music for installations in Beijing, China, and Cologne, Germany. Thompson is also music director for the Napa Regional Dance company and a guest conductor with Symphony Napa Valley.

For more information on the “Carmen” Project (including links to the individual Zoom meetings and YouTube channel), please visit