July 16, 2003
Symphony Announces Spin Off from Ballet and Formation as an Independent Non-Profit
July 16, 2003
Symphony Silicon Valley Announces its Formation
and its 2003/2004 San Jose Season
Peter Cartwright, Chairman and CEO of Calpine, announced today
the formation of a new public benefit corporation, Symphony Silicon Valley.
Cartwright said, "We saw how engaged our community was with the beauty
and energy of great classical music performances in last season's concerts.
We are proud to take the next step to ensure that symphonic music will be a
part of our region for many years to come." Cartwright has agreed to serve
as the new venture's first Chair. Staff President Andrew Bales added, “Symphony
Silicon Valley will be a catalyst for the entire spectrum of musical services
that its talented musicians can provide our community."
Symphony Silicon Valley gives its first performance this Sunday,
July 20, 2003 as part of the Children’s Health Council benefit program
at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater , under the baton of conductor
Thomas Conlon. That will be followed by a performance entitled the Sunset Symphony,
to be given overlooking the ocean at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay
on September 19, 2003. Patrick Flynn will conduct this concert, which will feature
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Symphony Silicon Valley's principal classical season will feature
six programs in the San Jose San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, beginning
October 11th, 2003. Each program will be led by a guest conductor. Subscription
renewal materials will be mailed in the next week for those who attended last
season’s symphony series presented by Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley.
Trustee Carl Cookson observed, “Symphony Silicon Valley will
be the primary employer of classical musicians in Silicon Valley. We want to
help these players remain available to everyone by giving them the musical opportunities
that only a full symphony can provide.” Wally Malone, representing the
local American Federation of Musicians said that "leaders in San Jose have
spent two years seeking to develop the next design of a symphony for our members
and our community. This new organization can trace its roots to the many people
whose efforts showed how much they care about classical music concerts."
Symphony trustee Chuck Toeniskoetter, C.E.O. of Toeniskoetter & Breeding,
emphasized that the Symphony will be market-driven. He stated, "We are
firmly committed to maintaining a healthy balance of earned and contributed
Andrew Bales, former head of Ballet San Jose and now President
of Symphony Silicon Valley, noted, “The Ballet provided a great test of
the marketplace for symphonic music. It acted as an incubator for an idea that
was still hatching. As audiences filled the theatre and enjoyed the presentations,
we came to feel that the time was right to build a new support structure for
symphonic music in our community.”
John Stringer, Chair of the Ballet Board, said, “The Ballet
is pleased to have played a key role in bringing a viable symphony back to the
Valley. It takes courage and leadership to begin something new in these trying
philanthropic times, but the venture Andrew helped us with last season definitely
set the stage for this new corporation. Our objective was to keep a pool of
great musicians available to our community. We are all well served by the formation
of Symphony Silicon Valley.” The Symphony will accompany Ballet performances
that require an orchestra this season.
In unveiling the 2003-04 Symphony season, Andrew Bales suggested
that there will be more to come, even this year. "We are excited about
the lineup of artists and music we have planned” Bales stated. "The
heritage these players bring to our venture represents the capital that drives
Symphony Silicon Valley. Though this is a new corporation, it will greatly benefit
from the longtime ties between these musicians and the audiences of our community.”
The guest conductors represent a cross section of the field, including
two with Latin heritages, two women, one African-American, two who have conducted
these musicians before and four who will have their first outing with Symphony
Silicon Valley musicians this season. Continuing a pattern developed last season,
two members of the core orchestra will be featured in concertos this season,
along with three guest artists. This will a homecoming for one of these guest
soloists; Natasha Paremski; the 16-year old Russian prodigy who has lived in
Fremont for many years, will appear here following her Carnegie Hall debut.
The new orchestra is a union orchestra employing approximately
75 musicians per concert based on the musical needs of the program. The vast
majority of these players have deep local roots, averaging over 20 years each
playing in San Jose symphonic orchestras.
Subscription tickets go on sale next Monday at the Box Office
shared by Symphony Silicon Valley and Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley , at 408)
288-2800, open Monday to Friday 10:00-5:00pm. Single tickets for these concerts
will be available after Labor Day.