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2015-2016 Season Overview

We are proud to announce Symphony Silicon Valley's 2014-2015 season. Subscriptions feature a choice of 4 or 7 concerts with exciting music and remarkable performers!

Symphony Silicon Valley's 14th season includes:

  • More than half the works will be first-time performances for Symphony Silicon Valley.
  • All our conductors and soloists are returning artists, each one invited for a program especially suited to their unique skills and artistry.
  • Iconic works: Dvorak's New World Symphony, Beethoven's Pastoral, Frank's Symphony in D, Schubert's 5th and Schumann's 4th symphonies.
     
  • Masterworks: Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Stravinsky's ballet score for The Firebird.
     
  • Favorite conductors, from Paul Polivnick, a favorite since the Symphony's first season, to John Nelson, who made a stellar debut last season!
  • And stars! Mark Kosower, who first appeared in 2007, is now Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Pianist Natasha Paremski now plays world-wide after appearing as a young prodigy in our 2nd and 3rd seasons. Violinist Ju-Young Baek, whose playing has been called "pure spun gold" joins us for the fourth time.
     
  • The Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale will present Fauré's widely loved Pavane and Requiem with the orchestra!
  • And finally, we have superstar Jon Nakamatsu closing out the season with the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2.

Don't miss Symphony Silicon Valley and guests, performing together in San Jose's beautiful California Theatre in our new Season.

Upcoming Performances


Beethoven & Schumann
Saturday 8:00 pm October 3, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm October 4, 2015

The season opens with two of the most beloved works of the symphonic repertory.  Beethoven’s Pastorale celebrates nature and human beings in it, while Schumann, picking up where Beethoven left off, takes us on an uplifting journey in which initial tensions are gloriously resolved at the end.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, & D

Conductor: George Cleve
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

About George Cleve



 
George Cleve

 


Bernstein & Firebird
Saturday 8:00 pm October 24, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm October 25, 2015

Two iconic American works will be followed by an early masterpiece by a composer who became a naturalized American late in life.  The program is exceptionally rich in evoking stories and ideas from the world of Russian folktales to the classic Romeo and Juliet story set in modern New York City to the many films and public occasions that have featured Barber’s Adagio for Strings.  (The composer himself set this haunting work to the words of the Agnus Dei a few years before his death.)

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, E, & F

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

  • Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

  • Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (full ballet score)

About Paul Polivnick



 
Paul Polivnick

 


Dvořák
Saturday 8:00 pm December 5, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm December 6, 2015

We celebrate one of the giants of composition with two of his masterpieces written in the United States. There have been endless debates about the extent to which this music is "Czech" or "American," but one thing is for sure: Dvořák knew how to make the classical forms of symphony and concerto sound intensely personal and universal at the same time.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, & D

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Mark Kosower, Cello
  • Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," Op. 95, B. 178

About John Nelson
About Mark Kosower



 
John Nelson

 


Schubert, Bruch, & Hindemith
Saturday 8:00 pm January 23, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm January 24, 2016

German composer Paul Hindemith, who spent more than a decade in the United States, wrote one of the most colorful orchestral works of the 20th century, based on themes by his Romantic predecessor, Carl Maria von Weber.  This program will place Hindemith next to two other Romantic predecessors, Schubert and Bruch, masters of melody and emotional expression.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, E, & F

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
  • Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485

  • Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op. 46 for Violin and Orchestra

  • Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

About Tatsuya Shimono



 
Tatsuya Shimono

 


Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem
Friday 8:00 pm March 18, 2016
Saturday 8:00 pm March 19, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm March 20, 2016

A summit meeting between some of the leading 19th-century composers of France and Russia, this concert will unite the refined elegance of Fauré with the stronger accents of two members of the ‟Mighty Handful” of St. Petersburg.  The alliance is cemented by the orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures at an Exhibition, made by Maurice Ravel in Paris.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, D, E, & F

Conductor: Giampaolo Bisanti
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Gabriel Fauré: Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50

  • Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

  • Aleksandr Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

  • Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by Maurice Ravel)

About Giampaolo Bisanti
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale



 
Giampaolo Bisanti

 


Prokofiev & Sinfonietta
Saturday 8:00 pm May 7, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm May 8, 2016

This program offers lively rhythms, powerful orchestrations and high energy all around, by two Czechs and a Russian who had found highly original ways of bringing old traditions to new life. The vivid neo-Baroque language of Martinů will be complemented by the dazzling virtuosity of Prokofiev. And the blazing brass sounds of Janáček’s Sinfonietta are sure to bring the house down.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, & D

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Soloist(s): Natasha Paremski, Piano
  • Bohuslav Martinů: Overture for orchestra, H. 345

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

  • Sergei Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges (suite), Op.33bis

  • Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta

About Gregory Vajda
About Natasha Paremski



 
Gregory Vajda

 


Three-Cornered Hat
Saturday 8:00 pm June 4, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm June 5, 2016

The season ends with three popular works, all performed for the first time by Symphony Silicon Valley. Infectious Spanish rhythms by de Falla, emotional depth, wit and brilliance in the Saint-Saëns, and true grandeur in the Franck—this program has it all!

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, E, & F

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Manuel de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 1 & 2

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

  • César Franck: Symphony in D minor

About Carlos Vieu
About Jon Nakamatsu



 
Carlos Vieu

 

 

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