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2018-2019 Season Overview

Our 17th season brings you seven programs you won't want to miss! Highlights include...

  • Symphonic masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, and Dvořák, culminating in June with Beethoven's supremely triumphant Ninth Symphony.
  • Brilliant soloists, including Jon Kimura Parker in Brahms's Second Piano Concerto and Jon Nakamatsu playing Rachmaninoff. Argentine soprano Daniela Tabernig will sing Strauss's glorious Four Last Songs. SSV Principal Clarinet Michael Corner will perform Mozart's beloved Concerto 622, while Barber's dazzling and demanding Violin Concerto will highlight Adelle Akiko Meyers' virtuosity.
  • Several of the Symphony's favorite conductors: Maestros John Nelson (U.S.) and William Boughton (England), Tatsuya Shimono (Japan), and Carlos Vieu (Argentina); plus two exciting newcomers, Maestro Pietro Rizzo from Italy and American Maestra JoAnn Falletta.
  • And more, including a Romantic gem by the young Debussy, Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, and a polka Stravinsky wrote for young elephants.

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

Upcoming Performances

Debussy & Strauss

Saturday 8:00 pm October 27, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm October 28, 2018

It's often said that Strauss 'saved his best for the very end.' His final work, a soaring song cycle for lyric soprano and orchestra, is among the most profoundly moving he ever wrote, and a matchless showcase for the soprano.  SSV pairs it with a bravura suite from an early Strauss opera. The evening opens with a pair of early works by Debussy, tuneful, brightly colored, and altogether delightful. A virtuoso event!

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

Program length: 77 minutes.

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Daniela Tabernig, Soprano
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Claude Debussy: Petite Suite, L 65

  • Claude Debussy: La Damoiselle élue, L. 62

  • Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs

  • Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Program Notes
About Carlos Vieu
About Daniela Tabernig
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Carlos Vieu


Mozart & Mendelssohn

Saturday 8:00 pm December 8, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm December 9, 2018

Following Mendelssohn's enchanting Overture written during his teens, we hear two great works from late in their composers' lives. The Scottish Symphony, Mendelssohn's last, is filled with echoes of Scotland's stormy, embattled history, punctuated by both a Scottish reel and perhaps the most beautiful Adagio he ever wrote. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, one of his final works, is a touchstone of the clarinet repertory. With its rich, mellow voice, the solo clarinet seems to engage the orchestra in a loving conversation between friends.

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

Program length: 77 minutes.

Conductor: William Boughton
Soloist(s): Michael Corner, Clarinet
  • Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture in E major, Op. 21

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

  • Felix Mendelssohn: "Scottish" Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56

Program Notes
About William Boughton
About Michael Corner

William Boughton


Brahms & Dvořák

Saturday 8:00 pm January 19, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm January 20, 2019

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker is famed for his "infectious elan and gargantuan technique." His outsized technique will be on special demand for our first work, a concerto built on a heroic symphonic scale that requires sheer stamina as well as supreme artistry. A masterpiece of musical contrasts, it is also filled with lyrical interludes, including an extended cello solo. Dvořák's symphony follows, inventive but gentler, almost idyllic, and irresistibly tuneful. While he was writing it, Dvořák himself marveled "melodies simply pour out of me."

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

Program length: 80 minutes.

Conductor: Daniel Meyer
Soloist(s): Jon Kimura Parker, Piano
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163

About Daniel Meyer
About Jon Kimura Parker

Daniel Meyer


Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony

Saturday 8:00 pm March 2, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm March 3, 2019

Our opener is a musical tour through the folk traditions Bartok studied, full of life and complex rhythm. Barber's virtuosic concerto follows, combining lush Romantic lyricism and angular 'modern' energy, with a brilliant ending that is a notorious test of the violinist's skill. In the second half, we hear Tchaikovsky's magnificent symphony, with its unparalleled mastery of all the orchestra's voices -- famously played through without a pause in WWII Leningrad during a ferocious bombing attack.

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

Program length: 75 minutes.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Anne Akiko Meyers, Violin
  • Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68

  • Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

About John Nelson
About Anne Akiko Meyers

John Nelson


Petrushka & Rach 2

Saturday 8:00 pm May 4, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm May 5, 2019

Ringling Bros. wanted something for 50 elephants and 50 ballerinas -- Stravinsky obliged. A much earlier commission resulted in a piece about a puppet's love and heartbreak. Petrushka is one of Stravinsky's most popular works filled with Russian folk tunes and brilliant orchestrations. Astonishingly, pianist Jon Nakamatsu, famed for his Rachmaninoff performances, has never before played the Second Concerto for South Bay audiences. From its first chords, the concerto casts its spell. The composer believed that music's mission is to express emotion, and this vibrant concerto succeeds so well that its themes have been adopted for innumerable popular songs.

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

Program length: 71 minutes.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Igor Stravinsky: Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant

  • Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

About Tatsuya Shimono
About Jon Nakamatsu

Tatsuya Shimono


Beethoven's Ninth

Saturday 8:00 pm June 1, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm June 2, 2019

Beethoven's Ninth is the unquestioned champion of the concert hall, a work that sums up the Classical age, looks forward to what would follow, and has come to represent courage, hope, and triumph around the world. Every December, innumerable Ninths are performed throughout Maestro Shimono's homeland to mark the turn of the year. SSV last played it to packed houses for the Symphony's 10th anniversary, This June it will be introduced by one of Dvořák's most joyful short works, festive and deeply felt.

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

Program length: 86 minutes.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Antonín Dvořák: Te Deum, Op.103

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

About Tatsuya Shimono
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Tatsuya Shimono


Past Performances from This Season

Romeo & Juliet & Sibelius
Saturday 8:00 pm October 6, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm October 7, 2018

Internationally renowned Maestra JoAnn Falletta makes her first appearance on the Symphony's podium with a program that puts the orchestra on full display. Barber's sparkling overture introduces the concert, followed by Falletta's own selections from Prokofiev's passionate masterpiece. We end with Sibelius's popular Fifth Symphony, one of the greatest works of the 20th century - powerful, poignant, ardently traditional and filled with melody. The reserved composer himself stated: "God opens his door for a moment and his orchestra plays the Fifth Symphony."

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

Program length: 78 minutes.

Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Samuel Barber: The School for Scandal Overture

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite, Op. 64

  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

Program Notes
About JoAnn Falletta

JoAnn Falletta



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