This program offers lively rhythms, powerful orchestrations and high energy all around, by two Czechs and a Russian who had found highly original ways of bringing old traditions to new life. The vivid neo-Baroque language of Martinů will be complemented by the dazzling virtuosity of Prokofiev. And the blazing brass sounds of Janáček’s Sinfonietta are sure to bring the house down.
Music of the Great Cathedrals7:30 pm May 27, 2016
Led by Music Director Elena Sharkova, the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale will conclude its 29th season with an evening of choral-orchestral masterpieces written for the majestic cathedrals and magnificent palaces of Europe by well-known Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. The concert will be performed at the acoustically superb Mission Santa Clara on Friday, May 27th, at 7:30PM. The Chorale will be joined by members of Symphony Silicon Valley.
The season ends with three popular works, all performed for the first time by Symphony Silicon Valley. Infectious Spanish rhythms by de Falla, emotional depth, wit and brilliance in the Saint-Saëns, and true grandeur in the Franck—this program has it all, including a performance by local legend Jon Nakamatsu.
Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular!5:00 pm July 4, 2016
Free, world-class fireworks return to downtown San Jose!
Celebrating our 101st year and a new century of service, the Rotary Club of San Jose invites you, your family, and your friends to enjoy another world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose, featuring Symphony Silicon Valley!
Lynn Harrell, Berlioz & Brahms8:00 pm October 1, 2016
2:30 pm October 2, 2016
Symphony Silicon Valley is honored to present cellist Lynn Harrell, one of the legendary musicians of our time, performing under the baton of Maestro Nelson. Harrell approaches Shostakovich's masterpiece, one of his signature works, "with full-throated expressivity... like a more muscular and overtly emotional Yo-Yo Ma." Our season opens with Berlioz's delightfully boisterous tribute to a brazen buccaneer; and the program ends with Brahms’s magnificent fourth and final symphony.
Grand Old Russia8:00 pm October 22, 2016
2:30 pm October 23, 2016
The second program reunites two former classmates, both prodigious pianist-composers from pre-Revolution Moscow: Rachmaninoff, flamboyant and tormented neo-Romantic, and Scriabin, mystic and visionary. Returning Chopin master Demidenko will perform and early work by the composer often called the Russian Chopin. Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony follows - nostalgic, gloriously melodic, known for one of the most heartbreakingly memorable themes in the Romantic repertory.
Beethoven's Pastoral & Scheherazade8:00 pm December 3, 2016
2:30 pm December 4, 2016
From Beethoven's symphonic "Recollection of Country Life", with it's evocation of brooks, birdsong, and thunderstorms, to Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic fairytale Orient, program music traveled a long way. Yet each of these beloved concert favorites - one from the opening of the 19th century, the other from near its end - brilliantly integrates vivid images and musicality, fantasy and form.
Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem8:00 pm March 17, 2017
8:00 pm March 18, 2017
2:30 pm March 19, 2017
Two great pianists team up to perform Mozart's concerto, a work filled with sparkling repartee as the two instruments vie with each other, then unite to suggest "some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ." They follow with Saint-Saëns' Carnival, also with double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. In the second half of our program the mood changes, as vocal solo...