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January 20, 2010

Two New Productions Replace 'Porgy & Bess'

Symphony Silicon Valley announced today that it was adding two new programs to its March lineup.  These are late, but exciting changes, designed for both its Broadway in Concert audience and its Symphonic Classics customers.

March 12-14, 2010 will bring Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella to the California Theatre.  Produced in the same style as this season's smash hits Kiss Me Kate and The Music ManMost Happy Fella is a delightful romantic musical set in the beautiful Napa Valley.  All Broadway in Concert productions present the full story and score of the musical on stage with a cast of Broadway veterans, talented local performers, and Symphony Silicon Valley.  William Liberatore will conduct the orchestra and singers in this March program.

March 18, 20 & 21, 2010 Maestro Leslie Dunner will lead Symphony Silicon Valley in Richly Russian, a full evening of great music  by Gliere, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.  The Russian Sailor's Dance kicks off the concert, followed by one of the most virtuosic piano concertos ever written -- Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C-minor.  The evening ends with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, written in 1944.  Though one of his latest works and colored by the violence of the times, it also harkens back to the rich romantic heritage of earlier Russian masterpieces.

These two programs replace the Symphony's previously announced production of Porgy & Bess.  That production has been postponed until a future season due to some late casting challenges.  Symphony President Andrew Bales said, "We dearly want to produce Porgy, but in a span of four days we lost each of our two leads, for different but valid reasons. Porgy is not a show that we wanted to risk by engaging alternative leads in a short time frame." He added "From lemons comes lemonade. Last week's production of The Music Man was so warmly received by audiences that we are excited to be returning in two months with another production drawn from the classic era of the great American musical."

Tickets already issued for Porgy & Bess will be valid for the new concert program scheduled for the same date and time.  Patrons can also exchange into another Symphony program, or receive a refund.  For information and assistance, call (408) 286-2600 extension 23, weekdays between 10 am and 5 pm.

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