Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale figures throughout our May program, all under Maestro Vajda’s brilliant leadership. Local composer Pablo Furman’s premiere introduces the ‘bell’ motif with the choral voices. Debussy’s Nocturnes treats women’s voices as instruments, blending them with the orchestra to evoke the shifting sea. Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Bells, which evokes changing bell-tones using the melody of words, inspired Rachmaninoff’s brilliant adaptation - a choral symphony that was his favorite of all his works.
In our final program of the season, cellist Julian Schwarz, superstar-in-the-making, makes his first appearance with Symphony Silicon Valley performing Elgar’s great concerto. This follows the return of the Chorale and orchestra in Vaughan Williams elegiac Serenade to Music; and the evening is capped by Schumann’s magnificent, almost euphoric Rhenish Symphony. English maestro William Boughton will bring the year to a brilliant close.
Beethoven & Schumann8:00 pm October 3, 2015
2:30 pm October 4, 2015
The season opens with two of the most beloved works of the symphonic repertory. Beethoven’s Pastorale celebrates nature and human beings in it, while Schumann, picking up where Beethoven left off, takes us on an uplifting journey in which initial tensions are gloriously resolved at the end.
Bernstein & Firebird8:00 pm October 24, 2015
2:30 pm October 25, 2015
Two iconic American works will be followed by an early masterpiece by a composer who became a naturalized American late in life. The program is exceptionally rich in evoking stories and ideas from the world of Russian folktales to the classic Romeo and Juliet story set in modern New York City to the many films and public occasions that have featured Barber’s Adagio for Strings. (The composer himself set this haunting work to the words of the Agnus Dei a few years before his death.)
Dvořák8:00 pm December 5, 2015
2:30 pm December 6, 2015
We celebrate one of the giants of composition with two of his masterpieces written in the United States. There have been endless debates about the extent to which this music is "Czech" or "American," but one thing is for sure: Dvořák knew how to make the classical forms of symphony and concerto sound intensely personal and universal at the same time.
Schubert, Bruch, & Hindemith8:00 pm January 23, 2016
2:30 pm January 24, 2016
German composer Paul Hindemith, who spent more than a decade in the United States, wrote one of the most colorful orchestral works of the 20th century, based on themes by his Romantic predecessor, Carl Maria von Weber. This program will place Hindemith next to two other Romantic predecessors, Schubert and Bruch, masters of melody and emotional expression.
Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem8:00 pm March 18, 2016
8:00 pm March 19, 2016
2:30 pm March 20, 2016
A summit meeting between some of the leading 19th-century composers of France and Russia, this concert will unite the refined elegance of Fauré with the stronger accents of two members of the ‟Mighty Handful” of St. Petersburg. The alliance is cemented by the orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures at an Exhibition, made by Maurice Ravel in Paris.