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The Maestro at work! Great reviews for George Cleve, and our 12th Season Finale! Can't wait to share our 13th Season with everyone!

Photos of Symphony Silicon Valley
From the Thursday evening rehearsal for this weekend's final concert of the season, a photograph of Maestro George Cleve.
Another day of musician auditions! Best of luck to all the candidates!

Long day of auditions at the California Theatre today! Always great when our hardworking, talented players get a promotion!

"When the San Jose Symphony found itself more than $450,000 in debt in 1984 with no hope that ticket sales could make it solvent, Cookson gave his city reason to call him civic booster extraordinaire. Taking a leave of absence from work, Cookson stepped in as executive director of the symphony for six months and mounted a fundraising effort that enabled the organization to make music in the black."

Carl Cookson, philanthropist, CEO of Santa Clara Land Title Co., has died at 81.
Carl Cookson, credited with rescuing the struggling San Jose Symphony in the 1980s and raising funds for the Children's Discovery Museum, the Tech Museum and what is now SAP Center, died Tuesday.

Almost completely sold out, and now you know why!

Review: Nakamatsu and Rach 3, together again in San Jose, in a brilliant partnership
Pianist's rousing performance of the popular concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley brings down the house
JUST ANNOUNCED! Jon Nakamatsu will be signing CDs in the lobby after each performance this weekend!

  • Symphonic Strings
    7:00 pm July 26, 2014

    Maestro Peter Jaffee leads Symphonic Strings – popular classical works written for strings only, performed by the musicians of Symphony Silicon Valley. Composers will range from Tchaikovsky and Dvorak to Takemitsu, Grieg and Copland.

  • Opera Pops
    5:30 pm July 27, 2014

    Presented with Opera San Jose. Symphony Silicon Valley and Opera San Jose collaborate on an evening of vocal pyrotechnics. Maestro Peter Jaffee conducts an evening of arias, songs and comic turns from opera and operettas. Free Ice Cream Social, provided by Treat Ice Cream of San Jose.

  • Mariachi Sol de México
    7:00 pm August 1, 2014

    Presented with Viva Fest. Jose Hernandez leads world-famous Mariachi Sol de Mexico and guests from Viva Fest in a program showing off these virtuoso musicians’ Mexican flair and some special classical arrangements.

  • Classical Mystery Tour
    7:00 pm August 2, 2014

    The stars of Classical Mystery Tour, alums of Broadway’s Beatlemania, return for an evening of the Beatles’ greatest hits, backed by Symphony Silicon Valley.

  • Cole Porter Songbook
    5:30 pm August 3, 2014

    Target Summer Pops closes with the music of Cole Porter from All of You to You’re the Top. Led by Maestro Larry Blank, the Symphony is joined by Broadway talents Lisa Vroman, David Burnham, and Christina Saffran.

  • The Music of Led Zeppelin
    8:00 pm September 20, 2014

    For one night only, the legendary songs of Led Zeppelin, accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley, performs at the City National Civic! Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, Silicon Valley Symphony performs The Music of Led Zeppelin at City National Civic of San Jose on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 PM. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors.

  • An Italian Tour
    8:00 pm September 27, 2014
    2:30 pm September 28, 2014

    Join us to explore Italy in September. All three works on our season opening program reflect a bit of the sunny Mediterranean landscape. Respighi’s charming take on 17th century Italian dances is followed by Verdi’s tribute - beloved for its glorious violin solo - to the legendary pearl christened The Wanderer. In Harold in Italy Berlioz conjures up his own wanderings in rustic Abruzzi, complete with misty landscapes, pilgrims and tolling bells, roving musicians and riotous brigands. Orchestra principal Patricia Whaley is featured in this romantic all-but-concerto for viola.

  • Beethoven & Brahms
    8:00 pm October 25, 2014
    2:30 pm October 26, 2014

    This program is a fine example of the magic that comes from pairing the best with the best. Maestro Nelson is one of America’s most distinguished and sought-after conductors; Jeffrey Kahane is an internationally  renowned pianist (and conductor) who regards Nelson as a key mentor.  They will partner to present two of classical music’s greatest works.  Brahms and Beethoven, Nelson and Kahane — an October program not to miss.


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"More than most regional orchestras, Symphony Silicon Valley has a way of stepping outside the box, inviting its audience to take a less familiar ride. Saturday's excursion was potent, pairing Shostakovich's monumental Symphony No. 10 and William Kraft's exotic Timpani Concerto No. 2, "The Grand Encounter."

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