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February 21, 2007

Symphony Silicon Valley
Announces 2007-08 Season

….. More music. New conductors. A world premiere. Classical favorites. A big band concert. Jazz. That and more as Symphony Silicon Valley marks its sixth season by expanding from seven to eight concert programs, for a total of 20 performances in the California Theater.

In addition to the added program, the season will also introduce three conductors who are new to the Symphony's podium, and feature a world premiere by David Amram.

Symphony Commissions World Premiere to Open Season

Amram's commissioned piece, based on Woody Guthrie's American anthem This Land Is Your Land, will be featured in the season opening concerts, September 29-30.  Amram was last in San Jose in October 2005, when Symphony Silicon Valley performed his jazz-, blues-, and world-music-infused Triple Concerto.  Paul Polivnick – a special favorite with Symphony musicians and audiences – will conduct Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony No. 6.  The evening will end with Janacek's striking Sinfonietta

Conductors and Soloists
Conductors Paul Polivnick, George Cleve, Joseph Silverstein, and Martin West will return to the Symphony podium next season.  Three new faces will join them.  Guillermo Figueroa, the Puerto Rican violinist and music director of both the Puerto Rico Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony, joins Symphony Silicon Valley in December for a program featuring Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.  Sara Jobin, the first woman conductor to lead a San Francisco Opera mainstage production, will present Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and two works by Richard Strauss in March; and later that month, Brazilian-born Fabio Mechetti, Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony, will conduct the orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale (Elena Sharkova, Director) in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Brahms' Schiksalslied.

Guest soloists next season will include pianist Seymour Lipkin performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in A, and Gary Hoffman returning to perform Fauré's Elegy and Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1.  In January, violinist/conductor Joseph Silverstein will perform Vaughan Williams' A Lark Ascending and Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto.  

Two Symphony Silicon Valley musicians round out the roster of soloists.  Principal Tony Clements will perform Vaughan Williams' lyrical Tuba Concerto; and Associate Concertmaster Christina Mok will perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
 
Big Band Concert
Audiences will be treated to a unique concert experience in May 2008, when international prize-wining concert pianist and San Jose State University faculty member Gwendolyn Mok reprises a festive program that she first presented in London. 

The program will showcase Paul Whiteman Band orchestrations of George Gershwin's music, staged as a Gershwin-era radio show complete with KDFC's Hoyt Smith as the on-stage announcer, a jazz band singer to be announced, and Mok performing two of jazz era's most famous piano concertos, Gershwin's Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue.

Other News
Subscribers will be able to choose all eight concerts, which will guarantee them the best seats, or either of two four-concert packages.  Four of the programs will be performed on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sunday matinees; the other four will be presented on Saturdays and Sunday matinees only.

The four Thursday night concerts will feature an added attraction this season: "Meet the Musicians."  Ticketed audience members will be invited to join leading Symphony players one hour before each concert, for a half hour of chamber music and informal discussion.  Symphony-goers will get to know their musicians better, while enjoying chamber music performed in the magnificent acoustics of the California Theatre.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the Symphony will continue its popular pre-concert Music Notes talks, with an orchestra musician sharing insights into the works that the audience is about to hear.

Subscription Prices
Full season subscriptions, including all eight concerts, are available for $256, $384 or $544, depending on seating location.  Student and Senior discounts of up to 13% are available for subscription seating in the top two price sections.  Short (four-concert) season packages will become available later this spring.

For more information or to order tickets, contact:
Symphony Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  408.286-2600 ext 23

2007-08 Symphony Silicon Valley Season

Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 8:00 pm    
Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 2:30 pm
    
Conductor: Paul Polivnick
    Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 6 in F major Pastorale
    David Amram    Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie
    Leos Janácek    Sinfonietta    

Thursday, October 25, 2007 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2007  at 2:30 pm    
    Conductor: George Cleve
    Soloist: Seymour Lipkin, piano
    
Claude Debussy    Prélude à "L'après-midi d'un faune"
    Robert Schumann    Piano Concerto in A minor
    Johannes Brahms    Symphony No. 3 in F major

Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 2:30 pm    
    Conductor: Guillermo Figueroa
    Soloist: Gary Hoffman, cello
    
Roberto Sierra    Fandango
    Gabriel Fauré    Elegy
    Camille Saint-Saëns    Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
    Modest Mussorsgky    Pictures At An Exhibition (Ravel orch.)

Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 19, 2008   at 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2008   at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Joseph Silverstein
    Soloist: Joseph Silverstein, violin
    
Ralph Vaughan Williams    A Lark Ascending    
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart    Violin Concerto No. 5  A major Turkish
    Sir Edward Elgar    Enigma Variations (Variations on an Original Theme)

Saturday, March 15, 2008   at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 16, 2008  at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Sara Jobin
    Soloist: Tony Clements, tuba
    
Aaron Copland    Appalachian Spring
    Ralph Vaughan Williams    Tuba Concerto in F minor
    Richard Strauss    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche    
    Richard Strauss    Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 29, 2008  at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 30, 2008  at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Fabio Mechetti
    Soloists: To Be Announced
    Choir: Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale (Elena Sharkova – director)
  
 Johannes Brahms    Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
    Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 9 in D minor Choral

Thursday, May 8 ,2008 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 10, 2008  at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 11, 2008  at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Paul Polivnick
    Soloist: Gwendolyn Mok, piano
    Singer: To Be Announced
    
George Gershwin    Selected Gershwin Songs
    George Gershwin   Concerto in F (Paul Whiteman orchestration)
    George Gershwin    Rhapsody In Blue (Paul Whiteman orchestration)

Saturday, June 7, 2008  at 8:00 pm    
Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Martin West
(Program Change  8/6/07)
Beyond the Score® Classical Music Exposed
   
Igor Stravinsky    Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring )  
       

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