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August 10, 2009

Symphony Silicon Valley  presents free outdoor music festival: Target Summer Pops

Symphony Silicon Valley's regular concert season begins October, but thanks to the Symphony's brand-new, all-free pops festival, you can enjoy the orchestra this month in five laid-back concerts perfect for the summer holidays. 

Between August 22 and 30, Symphony Silicon Valley will present Target Summer Pops, a free five-concert outdoor  music festival performed  by the Symphony orchestra with guest soloists, and directed by Bruce Hangen, former associate conductor  of the Boston Pops. 

The festival will be located on the lawn of the San Jose State  University Mall, entered at 4th and San Carlos Streets, where the orchestra  will perform in a raised band shell.  Parking is available in the high-rise 4th Street Garage located next to the entrance to the Mall. 
 
The concerts, bottled water, harmonicas for children at the Family Concert and ice cream at  the Band Concert, are all free, thanks to the generosity of festival sponsors  Target and the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose. 

The  Symphony encourages listeners to bring their own beach chairs and a picnic lunch or dinner to enjoy with the music.
 
• The Festival opens on Saturday, August 22, at  7:00 pm, with Symphony Silicon Valley performing a concert of film music by  John Williams, winner of 45 Oscar nominations for his scores to dozens of the  best-known movies of the last thirty years, from Star Wars to Harry  Potter.
 
 • Target Family Concert follows on Sunday, August 21, at  3:00 pm. A witty musical mystery, "The Composer Is Dead," by popular  children’s author Lemony Snicket, leads off the program.  It is followed  by harmonica virtuoso Bonfiglio playing Gershwin and much more, all with  Symphony Silicon Valley. Young audience members will receive free harmonicas  plus a short lesson from Bonfiglio, and then will perform a tune together with  the orchestra. 
 
• On Tuesday, August 25, at 5:30 pm,  legendary British jazz artists Cleo Laine, vocalist, and her husband John  Dankworth, sax player and clarinetist, will perform with their combo,  augmented by Symphony players. Laine and Dankworth, hailed as ”king and queen  of British jazz,” continue to receive rave reviews after 40 years of  performing.
 
• The following Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 pm, the  Beatles tribute band Magical Mystery Tour will perform standards from the  Lennon-McCartney songbook. The band stars four original cast members of the  Broadway hit BEATLEMANIA, who will be backed by the Symphony Silicon Valley  orchestra.
 
 • The Target Summer Pops festival concludes at 3:00 pm  on Sunday, August 30, with an old fashioned brass band concert and ice cream  social. Led by Symphony tubist Tony Clements, the 39-member band will play  favorites ranging from ‘Bugler’s Holiday” to ‘Danny Boy’ and songs from  ‘Phantom of the Opera’.  The music will be accompanied by free ice cream  for the  audience.
                                                                           
Festival  Calendar

Movie Magic: John Williams Film  Scores
Date:                  Saturday 7:00 pm August 22, 2009
Conductor:         Bruce Hangen

Target Family Concert
Date:                 Sunday 3:00 pm August 23, 2009
Conductor:        Bruce Hangen
Soloist:              Robert  Bonfiglio

Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
Date:                Tuesday 5:30 pm  August 25, 2009
Soloists:           Cleo Laine,  vocalist
                        John  Dankworth, saxophone/clarinet

Classical Mystery Tour
Date:                Saturday 7:00 pm August 29, 2009
Conductor:      Martin  Herman
Soloists:           Jim  Owen
                        Tony  Kishman
                        Chris  Camilleri
                        Tom  Teeley
 
Brass Band & Ice Cream Social
Date:               Sunday 3:00 pm  August 30, 2009
Conductor:      Tony Clements
 
For  more information about Target Summer Pops,
please contact the Symphony
(408) 286-2600 x 23  

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