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February 26, 2008

Symphony Silicon Valley
Announces 2008-09 Season

Symphony Silicon Valley

2008-09 Season Preview


Amram   Barber  Beethoven  Berlioz  Brahms  Debussy  Dvorak  
Ellington  Ginestera  Guilmant  Haydn  Mendelssohn  Prokofiev  
Respighi  Schubert  Shostakovich  Tchaikovsky

Symphony Silicon Valley's seventh season, announced today, will include eight programs performed from September 2008 to June  2009. The season will open with dance music from three continents -- South America, North America and Europe – including Duke Ellington's The River. A season highlight is the first concerto to be commissioned for pianist and local icon Jon Nakamatsu, composed by David Amram and scheduled for January 2009.  Jon Kimura Parker will perform Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto in May and Jonas Nordwall will showcase the California Theatre organ in late March, performing Guilmant's first Organ Symphony.  

The season also features two Beethoven symphonies and two major concertos for violin: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto performed by Associate Concertmaster Christina Mok in October, and Brahms' Violin Concerto with returning powerhouse Ju-Young Baek in March, 2009. Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony features in December as Symphony Silicon Valley's second presentation in the innovative 'Beyond the Score' format, pioneered by the Chicago Symphony.  Four conductors will return for the season, including George Cleve and Paul Polivnick with two programs apiece, while two new conductors will join the Symphony's roster.

2008-09 season ticket renewals begin in early March, with new subscriptions on sale in April.  Season ticket prices range from $568 for an 8-concert package in the Dress Circle or Grand Tier, to $132 for a 4-concert package in the Side Orchestra or Side Mezzanine.  For more information, please call the Box Office at (408) 286-2600 ext 23 M-F 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Program 1: Dances at an Opening

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at 8:00 pm  Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Leslie Dunner
    Alberto Ginastera    Four Dances from Estancia
    Duke Ellington    The River Suite
    Serge Prokofiev    Suite from Romeo & Juliet
An irresistible sampling of dance music from three 20th century masters. Prokofiev's dramatic Romeo & Juliet, one of the most expressive of all ballet scores, sweeps us from the pageantry and menace of two warring families to the passion and heartbreak of young lovers.  We begin with dances from Ginastera's high-spirited ballet about gauchos' life on the Argentine pampas.  Duke Ellington's jazz-infused suite follows, drawn from his ballet for the great dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey. Leslie Dunner, Music Director of Joffrey Ballet, makes his third appearance with the Symphony.

Program 2: Mendelssohn & Beethoven

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm  Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008  at 2:30 pm    
    Conductor: George Cleve
    Soloist: Christina Mok, violin
    Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 1 in C major
    Felix Mendelssohn    Violin Concerto in E minor
    Claude Debussy    La Mer

Associate Concertmaster Christina Mok performs Mendelssohn's supremely demanding Violin Concerto, the melody-filled centerpiece of a program led by Maestro George Cleve.  Cleve opens with Beethoven's First Symphony, written at the peak of the composer's youthful classicism and instantly hailed as a masterpiece; and concludes with Debussy's brilliant, rule-breaking invocation to all the colors and moods of the sea.

Program 3: Beyond The Score: Tchaikovsky's 4th

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm   Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm    
    Conductor: Paul Polivnick
    Piotr Tchaikovsky    Symphony No. 4 in F minor

"Be ready to experience much, much more than a pre-concert lecture and musical offering." (New York Times) Paul Polivnick conducts Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in a novel format pioneered by the Chicago Symphony. "The program's first half …grabs and rivets (you) with a highly developed multimedia presentation that swells anticipation." After the intermission comes the full symphony, a "19th century Russian music drama to rival the great literary dramas of Pushkin and Tolstoy;" -- and a familiar favorite becomes an exciting discovery.

Program 4: A Nakamatsu  Premiere

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm   Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm   Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Paul Polivnick
    Soloist: Jon Nakamatsu, piano
    Franz Joseph Haydn    Symphony No. 95 in C minor    
    David Amram    Piano Concerto No. 1  
           commissioned by William and Marie Bianco
    Ottorino Respighi    Feste romane

Maestro Polivnick returns for the premiere of the first piano concerto to be commissioned expressly for international star and local favorite Jon Nakamatsu, written by world-music master David Amram.  The concert begins with Symphony No. 95, one of the twelve extraordinary 'London' symphonies that capped Haydn's career and helped change how music was heard.  To conclude, a huge orchestra performs Respighi's spectacular musical panorama of Roman public celebrations across the ages, from the Circus of classical Rome to the barrel-organs and barkers of Respighi's own day.

Program 5:  The Organ & the Great C

Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm   Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Paul Haas
    Soloist: Jonas Nordwall, organ
    Samuel Barber    Adagio for Strings
    Felix Alexandre Guilmant    Organ Symphony No. 1
    Franz Schubert    Symphony No. 9 - the Great C Major.
A double Symphony debut. The California Theatre organ's commanding classical range is shown off by internationally acclaimed organist Jonas Nordwall in a powerful work by French virtuoso Guilmant.  We also introduce rising young conductor Paul Haas, praised for his 'fiery brilliance' and 'bold, muscular, go-for-broke conducting,' to lead Schubert's magnificent Ninth Symphony, the 'Great' C Major. The concert opens with Barber's haunting Adagio for Strings, a favorite ever since its premiere by radio broadcast in 1938.

Program 6: Brahms & Dvorak

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm   Saturday, Mar. 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm   Sunday, Mar. 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: George Cleve
    Soloists: Ju-Young Baek, violin
    Hector Berlioz    Le carnaval romain
    Johannes Brahms    Violin Concerto in D major
    Antonin Dvorak    Symphony No. 9 – From the New World

A celebrated Brahms interpreter, George Cleve leads prize-winning Korean violinist Ju-Young Baek in her third appearance with Symphony Silicon Valley, performing the concerto critics call "the most sublime essay for violin and orchestra ever written." The concert begins in a jubilant mood with our second nod to Italian high spirits: Berlioz' lively and lyrical Le carnaval romain. Maestro Cleve then turns to another giant: Dvorak's triumphant New World Symphony, a thoroughly European work that is remains the best loved symphony ever composed in America.


Program 7: Spring Symphonies

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm   Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm   Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    Conductor: Gregory Vajda
    Soloist: Jon Kimura Parker, piano
    Dmitri Shostakovich    Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major
    Dmitri Shostakovich     Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major
Shostakovich's quick-fire, sunny-tempered piano concerto is performed by the dazzling Jon Kimura Parker, who brings "gargantuan technique, awesome timing, oceanic depth, volcanic fire, and more fun than the whole Marx Brother's catalog" to his Symphony debut. Audiences do not 'so much erupt as spontaneously explode' for this pianist; we are in for a treat. Returning conductor Gregory Vajda welcomes Spring with Shostakovich's popular 9th Symphony, called by the composer himself "a merry little piece." Beethoven's buoyant Fourth Symphony concludes our tribute to the season.

Program 8: Lord Nelson Mass

Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 8:00pm   Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 2:30pm
    Conductor: Jane Glover
    Soloists: to be announced
    Choir: Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale (Elena Sharkova – Music Director)
    Serge Prokofiev    Symphony No. 1 Classical Symphony
    Piotr Tchaikovsky    Serenade for Strings    
       Franz Joseph Haydn    Lord Nelson Mass
A perfect match between conductor and concert program.  Eminent British maestra Jane Glover is a much recorded orchestral, opera and choral conductor with a special love for Mozart and Haydn. Under her baton, the orchestra, soloists and Symphony Chorale join forces in Haydn's glorious Lord Nelson Mass, written during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars and hailed as Haydn's "greatest single composition." Glover completes the program with Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, a salute to the Haydn tradition, and Serenade, Tchaikovsky's deeply-felt homage to Mozart, which he called 'a piece from the heart.'

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