A Hero's Tale8:00 pm June 1, 2013
2:30 pm June 2, 2013
Following Debussy’s sprightly dance, Jason Vieaux, hailed as the modern master of his instrument, performs the most popular guitar concerto in the classical repertory. Rodrigo’s dream of Spanish gardens is followed by Ein Heldenleben, or A Hero’s Life, one of Strauss’s last and greatest tone poems. Strauss employs all the resources of a large-scale orchestra to tell the story that he summarized as “a hero fighting his enemies.” A true orchestral showpiece, it concludes our 11th season on a no...
The Best of the British Romantics8:00pm June 7, 2013
Concert Takes Place At: Palo Alto First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Sounds of Summer7:00pm July 27, 2013
Maestro Peter Jaffe, Symphony Silicon Valley and violinist Christina Mok open the Festival with popular light classics, featuring selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons matched with Piazzolla’s tango-colored Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. An evening of full-orchestra favorites.
The Wild Wild West5:30pm July 28, 2013
A family treat, with themes from Western films and TV classics – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the Wild Wild West, The Magnificent Seven, and many more. Come early to enjoy the Festival’s first Sunday ice cream social. All free, all on Tower Lawn.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy7:00pm August 2, 2013
Grab the chance to see this electrifying contemporary Swing Revival band live and free! From ’40s swing to Cab Calloway, boogie woogie to New Orleans blues, its rhythm section is beat only by its horns – or vice versa. “Go Daddy-O,” “Mr. Pinstripe Suit,” “The Jumpin’ Jive” – it doesn’t get better than this.
Simply Sinatra7:00pm August 3, 2013
Steve Lippia leads a tribute to the timeless music of Frank Sinatra. Hear all your favorites by this Vegas headliner, whose concerts sell out from NYC’s Birdland and the Boston Pops to Europe and South America. But here in San Jose there’s no charge; just bring a picnic and enjoy.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...5:30pm August 4, 2013
Symphonie Fantastique8:00 pm September 28, 2013
2:30 pm September 29, 2013
Storytelling in music was revolutionized by Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, with its massive orchestra and vivid, even hallucinatory, colors. Wildly popular from its first performance, it makes the perfect beginning to our season. Austrian Maestro Campestrini opens with the exuberant overture to Glinka’s fairytale opera, studded with Russian, Finnish and Persian folk tunes. Prokofiev’s charming and impudent musical fable of an imaginary soldier’s misadventures completes the magic.