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June 07, 2004

2003-2004 Concert Season Reviews

San Jose Mercury News   Monday, June 7, 2004

Person to watch: Natasha Paremski

By Richard Scheinin  Mercury News Music Critic
Pianist Natasha Paremski's hands were the show Saturday night (in Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto No. 4)…Paremski has the prodigious technique to pull it off…her performance with Symphony Silicon Valley…was heartfelt and grand – and fun.  It was a terrific way for the orchestra to wind up its second full season.


San Jose Mercury News   Monday, April 5, 2004

Rapid review: Symphony Silicon Valley

By Colin Seymour  Mercury News Arts Critic
Symphonic fourth movements can be anticlimactic, but the finales of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Brahms' Symphony
No. 4 were breathtaking exceptions Saturday at the Center for the Performing Arts... The orchestra often achieved a burnished sound...(and) played the fourth movements flawlessly... The Mozart finale was a revelation, nearly as hypnotic as the Brahms.  Reflecting the audience's response, a man in the foyer said, 'Now, that's the kind of program I like.


San Jose Mercury News   Monday, February 2, 2004

Rapid review: Symphony Silicon Valley

By Colin Seymour, Mercury News Arts Critic
Led by Mallory Thompson, the latest in this symphony's bonanza of charismatic guest conductors, the orchestra consistently sounded first-rate, especially during the ebullient 20th century-works…Smooth trumpet soloist James Dooley proved the Hummel concerto would be even better known if more Dooley-caliber soloists were available. …(the audience) gave Dooley a standing ovation and applauded everything with gusto.


San Jose Mercury News   Monday, November 24, 2003   

Stimulating evening of glowing music Orchestra plays ably, with finesse

By Richard Scheinin  Mercury News Music Critic
Guest conductor Theo Alcantara…drew a vivid, richly unified sound from Symphony Silicon Valley as (soloist Lara) St. John played with wide-open feeling and technical precision. What music!… St. John's playing elicited goose bumps….Alcantara and the orchestra (gave) a perfect performance of Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 in the concert's second half. This is an equally glowing work…no surprises, just steady, mature playing by the orchestra, which got right down to business.


Metro Silicon Valley   Thursday, November 17, 2003

Symphony Savers  

By Scott MacClelland, Metro & San Francisco Classical Voice Music Critic
Symphony Silicon Valley has asserted itself most impressively, both this season and last, under a variety of guest conductors, all suggesting a rosy artistic future…(Local business leader) Dick Gourley…sees the ideal manager as a hybrid, "someone who understands art but is good with business."  That person may be Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley.


San Jose Mercury News   Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Symphony Silicon Valley thrills in opening night's main event

By Colin Seymour, Mercury News Arts Critic
…the concert's main event, Camille Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ), provided one of those exhilarating classical music experiences you just can't get at home… Saint-Saens' masterpiece (built) to a stunning, climax… bringing out the best in an elite-caliber orchestra as it began its second season…(with) a show of strength by all the musicians, unconstrained.


San Francisco Chronicle  Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Auspicious second season for Silicon Symphony

By Joshua Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic
… there's no mistaking the fact that orchestral music is mounting a solid comeback in San Jose. Saturday's excellent season-opening concert by the Symphony Silicon Valley at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts reconfirmed last year's promise in the wake of the demise of the San Jose Symphony. Strong programming, vibrant execution and a spirit of enterprise all contributed to the mood of optimism.


San Francisco Chronicle  Tuesday, July 23, 2003

New nonprofit San Jose symphony

By David Wiegand, Chronicle Lively Arts
Classical music lives in the South Bay, and don't let anyone tell ya different…After a fledgling first year, Symphony Silicon Valley has been formed as a new nonprofit corporation with Peter Cartwright, chairman and CEO of Calpine, as its chairman. …(Said President Andrew Bales:)  "As audiences filled the theater and enjoyed the presentations, we came to feel that the time was right to build a new support structure for symphony music in our community." The orchestra will continue to provide live music for Ballet San Jose and will also offer a full season of concerts.


San Jose Mercury News    Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Symphony planning live music at sunset

By Leigh Weimers, Mercury News Columnist
On behalf of everyone in Silicon Valley who enjoys hearing live symphonic music, let me say, "Let's hear it for (Symphony Silicon Valley leadership)." (They) last year leveraged the start-up Symphony San Jose Silicon Valley through … connections with Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley … put on a series of concerts and promised the new orchestra would continue…And (are) making good on that promise.  There will be a symphony season here starting this fall, overseen by a new board of directors and separate from the ballet.

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