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May 15, 2009

Great Songs, Great Music, Great Stories:
Symphony Silicon Valley Announces
"Broadway in Concert"
New Concert Series for 2009-10

Symphony Silicon Valley announced today the 2009-10 charter season of its newest concert series, "Broadway in Concert," featuring the music of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, and George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. With soloists, chorus, and full symphony orchestra on stage in downtown San Jose's intimate and elegant California Theatre, the Symphony will recreate the sounds of the Golden Age of Broadway.

Three concerts of each program will be performed: Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm. Kiss Me, Kate, a take-off on Shakespeare's comic Taming of the Shrew, will open the series, with performances on October 16, 17 and 18.  It will be conducted by William Liberatore, Resident Music Director of Theatreworks and many-time recipient of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Direction.

The Music Man follows on January 15, 16 and 17.  This story of the irresistible con-man Professor Harold Hill, Marion the Librarian, and the River City Boys' Band will be led by Barbara Day Turner, longtime Director of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.  Both Turner and Liberatore are also popular with local musical theater audiences from their long associations with the late American Musical Theater.

On March 12,13 and 14, Conductor Leslie Dunner will lead Porgy and Bess, Gershwin's American masterpiece about the inhabitants of Catfish Row.  Dunner's most recent appearance with Symphony Silicon Valley, in October 2008, was a one-of-a-kind experience, called by the Mercury News "the most infectious event in the young orchestra's history…(with) players whooping like gauchos and…gleeful shouts from the audience."

Three-concert subscriptions to the initial season are $213 for the California Theatre Dress Circle or Grant Tier sections, $153 for the Orchestra or Mezzanine, and $99 for the Side Orchestra and Side Mezzanine – with $18 discounts on the top two prices for seniors and students.  Single tickets will be available on September 1,2009, for $75 ($69), $55 ($49) and $38. 

To purchase tickets or get more information, please call the Ticket Office at (408) 286-2600 ext 23 M-F 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Program 1: Kiss Me, Kate
Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
Conductor:  William Liberatore

Friday, October 16, 2009 at 8 pm;  Saturday, October 17 at 8 pm; Sunday, October 18 at 2;30 pm.

Cole Porter's inspired score matches Shakespeare's wit in this story of two couples whose feuds and flirtations during a tour of Taming of the Shrew raise havoc onstage and off.  Porter's timeless songs include Another Op'nin', Another Show; Always True to You, Darlin', in My Fashion; We Opened in Venice; Too Darn Hot; and two stage struck gangsters singing Brush Up Your Shakespeare.  You'll hum all the way home.

Program 2: The Music Man
Music and Lyrics: Meredith Willson
Conductor: Barbara Day Turner

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8 pm; Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 8 pm; Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2;30 pm.

When The Music Man comes to town, we know we got Trouble! Thanks to Porfessor Harold Hill, the good people of River City are overrun with barbershop quartets, brass bands, and the Wells Fargo WagonMarian the Librarian resists, but Seventy-Six Trombones win her over; and Harold learns that "there's nothing halfway about the Iowa way to treat you…"  Warning: toe-tapping a foregone conclusion.

Program 3: Porgy & Bess
Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin
Conductor:  Leslie Dunner

Friday, March 12, 2010 at 8 pm; Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 8 pm; Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2;30 pm.

Catfish Row is the setting for Porgy's tragic love story, first performed in 1935, and now considered an American masterpiece.  Jazzy and soulful, the score features some of Gershwin's most memorable music, including I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'; Summertime; I Loves You Porgy; Bess You Is My Woman; and It Ain't Necessarily So – poignant songs, joyful songs, blues songs that have become standards the world over.  A special event not to be missed.

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