Chorale Performances
Chorale Performances

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Carols in the California
Saturday 7:00 pm December 10, 2016

A Family Holiday Tradition! Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale present the 12th Annual "Carols in the California", an exciting and festive program of holiday cheer. Come for a traditional sing-along of your favorite carols including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and The Twelve Days of Silicon Valley Christmas.

Prepare to be dazzled by a performance of Rossini's “Kyrie and Gloria” from Petite Messe Sollennelle, and entertained by The Many Moods of Christmas with choir and full orchestra, all in the warm glow of the beautiful California Theatre. And while downtown, enjoy Christmas in the Park, and Winter Wonderland rides just two blocks from the theater.

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Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Sandra Rubalcava-Bengochea, Soprano
Christopher Bengochea, Baritone
  • Adeste Fidelis (sing-along) J.F. Wade, arr. David Willcocks
    Caroling, Caroling Alfred Burt
    We'll Dress the House

  • O be joyful in the Lord John Rutter

    Carol of the Magi John Rutter

  • Petite messe solennelle Gioachino Rossini

    Domine Deus (Tenor Solo)
    O Salutaris Hostia (Soprano Solo)
    Cum Sancto Sprilitu

  • All Night Vigil, No. 6 Sergei Rachmaninoff

    A New Year Carol Benjamin Britten

    Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day John Rutter

  • The First Noel (sing-along) English Carol, arr. David Willcocks

  • The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 2 Robert Shaw/Robert Russell Bennett
    O sanctissima
    Joy to the World
    Away in a Manger
    Fum Fum Fum
    March of the Kings

  • The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Soprano Solo) Mack Wilberg

    12 Days of Silicon Valley arr. Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

    Jingle Bells arr. Mack Wil

About Elena Sharkova
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Sandra Rubalcava-Bengochea
About Christopher Bengochea

Elena Sharkova


Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem
Friday 8:00 pm March 17, 2017
Saturday 8:00 pm March 18, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm March 19, 2017

Pianists Orion Weiss and Alessio Bax, outstanding members of a new generation of international musical artists, will team up to perform the concerto for two pianos that Mozart originally wrote for his older sister and himself. The instruments vie with each other, 'collaborating, interrupting, arguing,' then unite to suggest 'some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ.'

Weiss and Bax follow Mozart with Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, also for double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. Saint-Saëns - a 'mischievous Parisian imp' - originally concocted Carnival for a party. Its musical sketches, supposedly of various animals, in fact poked sly fun at composers and performers of the day.

In the same spirit, 60 years later Ogden Nash wrote a set of comic verses about Saint-Saëns' 'animals' (including fossils and - ahem - pianists). Noel Coward was the first to record this marriage of delightful music and charming nonsense.

So how could we resist? The Carnival of the Animals will be accompanied by Nash's verses. For this star turn, legendary Bay Area actor Julian Lopez-Morillas joins us to admonish: "Be quiet, please, for here begins / our salute to feathers, fur and fins."

The mood then changes radically, as Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and guest vocal soloists join the orchestra in Mozart's sublime Requiem, generally considered the greatest work by the greatest of composers.

Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Soloist(s): Alessio Bax, Piano
Orion Weiss, Piano
Julian Lopez-Morillas, Narrator, Carnival of the Animals
Sylvia Sang Eun Lee, Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo-Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Vale Rideout, Tenor, Mozart Requiem
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for two pianos in E-flat major, K. 365/316a

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor (K. 626)

Program Notes
About Constantine Kitsopoulos
About Alessio Bax
About Orion Weiss
About Julian Lopez-Morillas
About Sylvia Sang Eun Lee
About Stacey Rishoi
About Vale Rideout

Constantine Kitsopoulos


Misa Tango
Saturday 8:00 pm June 3, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm June 4, 2017

The world knows Astor Piazzolla as the great innovator of Argentine tango, who transformed the original dance style into new, large-scale compositions. Many other musicians have also cultivated Tango Nuevo. In addition to Piazzolla, we will perform works by two of the best: Horacio Salgan, who will turn 101 shortly after our concerts, and Luis Bacalov, widely recognized for the film Il Postino's Oscar-winning score. Bacalov's Tango Mass will bring our 2016-17 season to a dazzling close.

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Juan Pablo Jofre, Bandoneon
Kimberly Sogioka, Mezzo-Soprano
Joo Won Kang, Baritone
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Nino Rota: Suite from the Ballet La Strada

  • Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla: Symphonic Tango Suite

  • Luis Bacalov: Misa Tango

  • ENCORE: Astor Piazzolla, arr. Juan Pablo Jofre: Libertango

Program Notes
About Carlos Vieu
About Juan Pablo Jofre
About Kimberly Sogioka
About Joo Won Kang
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Carlos Vieu



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