February 22, 2005
Symphony Silicon Valley Announces Plans for Fourth Season
San Jose, Calif., February 22, 2005 -- Symphony Silicon Valley, the professional orchestra of the South Bay, continued its growth by announcing a 2005-06 season of seven pairs of concerts. These concerts will again be held at its newly restored home, The California Theatre. The programs were developed with audiences and musicians in mind as many sources were polled to find the right musical mix. Next season five guest conductors will share the podium for seven programs.
The season kicks off October 1st and 2nd with Patrick Flynn conducting selections from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream; Leonard Bernstein's On the Waterfront Suite; and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. An all orchestra program that should start the season off on a high note.
A special feature will be a Mozart Festival. "2006 marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth and we will celebrate it in style." stated Andrew Bales, founder and President of Symphony Silicon Valley. "Our middle three programs will all include a focus on the many aspects of Mozart's contribution to music. The Prague Symphony, Stephen Prutsman playing Piano Concerto No. 22, selections from his operatic works and a Sinfonia Concertante featuring four soloists from the orchestra. We will be joined on stage by a choir, and soloists from Opera San José to close our Mozart Festival with his magnificent Requiem." Mozart specialist George Cleve has been engaged to conduct these three programs beginning in December and continuing through March. The Festival atmosphere will continue as Maestro Cleve will also conduct Opera San Jose's production of Don Giovanni later in the spring.
Conductors who proved popular with audiences and musicians alike take the podium this season. There will also be three notable new guest artists appearing with Symphony Silicon Valley this season. For a change all the new guests are pianists, though the range is quite extreme. In late October, David Amram joins the symphony for a presentation of his Triple Concerto. Maestro Paul Polivnick conducts this program, and he feels " David Amram's Triple Concerto is the closest a symphony gets to making real jazz its own medium." Amram is both composer and musician and he will play the jazz piano and pan pipes in this work. The Triple Concerto is really fifteen featured players as there is a woodwind quintet, a brass quintet and a jazz quintet playing with the orchestra in this work. This program plays October 29th and 30th and includes another unusual program choice. Paul Polivnick will conduct the bulk of the evening but Jazz trombone specialist, Dennis Wilson will take the podium to conduct Duke Ellington's Black, Brown & Beige. Polivnick will return for Gershwin's An American In Paris. The program entitled 'American Originals' is truly that.
Later in the season guest pianist Stephen Prutsman will join Cleve in presenting Mozart's Piano Concerto #22 in E flat major on a program that also features Brahm's First Symphony. A long awaited highlight will be the debut with Symphony Silicon Valley of local piano virtuoso, Jon Nakamatsu. He will play Grieg's Piano Concerto, April 1st and 2nd, 2006 and be conducted by William Boughton. That program will also feature Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Sibelius' Fifth Symphony.
Paul Polivnick returns to close the season and brings Korean violinist Ju-Young Baek back after her smashing rendition of Sibelius' Violin Concerto last month. This time is a complete change of pace as she will play Astor Piazzola's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. This is a tango spin on Vivaldi's chamber work and promises to be a high-spirited showpiece for Baek. Also on that program will be Debussy's Petite Suite and Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique. This program is presented May 13th and 14th, 2006 in the California Theatre.
Symphony Silicon Valley's ensemble of 75-plus musicians will be featured throughout this fourth season playing everything from Jazz riffs to Mozart dances, from big Brahm's to Beethoven's best. It promises to be another great step in the path to return first-rate symphonic music to San Jose on a regular basis. The Symphony is making only minor changes to the pricing for the season packages this year as they understand the appeal of the theatre and its seating a little better with each concert. Most subscribers will find little or no change in this season's prices.
The Symphony performs three more concert sets this season including the February 26 and 27, 20005 program that includes Arthur Sullivan's Pineapple Poll, and Schumann's Second Symphony.
About Symphony Silicon Valley
Symphony Silicon Valley is America's newest symphony with over 1500 years of professional musician experience. Though founding in 2002, this 75-member ensemble is heir to San Jose's century-long classical music heritage. The symphony presents a full season of classical music concerts with guest conductors and soloists. Audiences experience the entire range of classical music fare with guest conductors who bring the best interpretation to each program. Symphony Silicon Valley is regularly reviewed as among the finest orchestras in our region. Its performing home is the acoustically excellent California Theatre. The California is a recently restored 1100-seat movie palace whose conversion to a concert hall has been called "one of the most important additions to classical music (in the Bay Area)."
For the 2005-06 season only subscription tickets are available for sale at this time. Available single tickets will go on sale after Labor Day. Symphony Silicon Valley Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at 467 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 408 286-2600 ext. 23 or at (650) 365-9600 ext. 23 or by mail at: Symphony Silicon Valley, P.O. Box 790, San Jose, CA 95106-0790. The web address is: www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.