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Romance & Celebration: Schumann, Mahler, Beethoven
Thursday 7:30 pm September 30, 2010
Saturday 8:00 pm October 2, 2010
Sunday 2:30 pm October 3, 2010
Maestro Cleve has chosen a program of love and jubilation to open our 2010-11 season. Schumann's tender, exuberant first Symphony was written during the 'spring of love' that followed marriage to his adored Clara. Love's darker side is captured by Mahler's four hauntingly beautiful songs of lament and longing, sung passionately by international sensation, baritone Nathan Gunn. The mood turns bright again with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, one of the composer's most joyful works.

Conductor: George Cleve
Soloist(s): Nathan Gunn
  • Robert Schumann Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Spring Symphony
  • Gustav Mahler  Songs of a Wayfarer
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7
About George Cleve
About Nathan Gunn

George Cleve


Gypsy Airs
Saturday 8:00 pm October 16, 2010
Sunday 2:30 pm October 17, 2010
Our second program transports us into the worlds of Hungarian, Romanian and Spanish Gypsy music, and presents dazzling challenges for our soloist. Who better to join Maestro Vajda than fellow Hungarian Lajos Sarkozi, 19-year-old violin prodigy and heir to a long line of celebrated Gypsy musicians, who first caught the attention of the classical music world while performing in restaurants in Prague.

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Soloist(s): Lajos Sarkozi, Violin
  • Erno Dohnanyi  Symphonic Minutes
  • Maurice Ravel  Tzigane
  • Zoltan Kodaly  Dances of Marosszek
  • Bela Bartok  Hungarian Sketches
  • Johannes Brahms  Hungarian Dances No. 1, 3 & 10
  • Pablo de Saraste  Zigeunerweisen  Gypsy Airs
About Gregory Vajda

Gregory Vajda


Mozart & Schubert
Saturday 8:00 pm December 4, 2010
Sunday 2:30 pm December 5, 2010
Mournful or celebratory, the French horn is always a distinctive voice in the orchestra. With her satin tone, Principal French Horn Meredith Brown is an audience favorite, and we are delighted to feature her as our December soloist. Noted Italian opera maestro Giampaolo Bisanti will open with one of Rossini's most beloved opera overtures, and close with Schubert's lighthearted Third Symphony, written at the height of a Rossini craze in Vienna and filled with dance and melody to match.

Conductor: Giampaolo Bisanti
Soloist(s): Meredith Brown, French Horn
  • Gioacchino Rossini Barber of Seville Overture
  • Felix Mendelssohn The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Horn Concerto No 2
  • Gioacchino Rossini La Cenerentola Overture
  • Franz Schubert  Symphony No. 3 in D major
About Giampaolo Bisanti
About Meredith Brown

Giampaolo Bisanti


Carols in the California (Non-subscription Concert)
Saturday 7:00pm December 11, 2010
The Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale presents a festive program of holiday favorites, A Prairie Home Companion-style, hosted by San Jose's own Leigh Weimers.  Features an 80-voice chorus, the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and a brass ensemble.

Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Elena Sharkova
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale



Idylls & Dances
Saturday 8:00 pm January 15, 2011
Sunday 2:30 pm January 16, 2011
The new year opens with Wagner's majestic showpiece for strings, Siegfried Idyll, written for the birth of his son. Adam Golka, recent winner of two of America's most prestigious awards for pianists, follows with Liszt's fiery concerto on the medieval Dance of Death. The same theme fascinated Rachmaninoff, and we can hear it again in Symphonic Dances, his last orchestral work and one of his greatest, summing up a lifetime of music. This is big orchestra music at its best.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Adam Golka, piano
  • Richard Wagner  Siegfried Idyll
  • Franz Liszt  Totentanz
  • Sergei Rachmaninov  Symphonic Dances
About Paul Polivnick
About Adam Golka

Paul Polivnick


Brahms German Requiem
Thursday 7:30 pm March 24, 2011
Saturday 8:00 pm March 26, 2011
Sunday 2:30 pm March 27, 2011
Brahms called his visionary masterpiece a human requiem, conceived not as a mass for the dead but as comfort and consolation for the living. Composed for the concert hall, it combines the forces of the Chorale, soprano and baritone soloists, and full orchestra. Don't miss hearing this glorious work performed in the vibrant California Theatre.

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Soloist(s): Lisa Vroman
Matthew Curran
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
  • Johannes Brahms German Requiem
About Gregory Vajda
About Lisa Vroman
About Matthew Curran
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Gregory Vajda


Nakamatsu Plays Two
Thursday 7:30 pm May 12, 2011
Saturday 8:00 pm May 14, 2011
Sunday 2:30 pm May 15, 2011
Local favorite and international star Jon Nakamatsu performs two featured works on our program, beginning with a world premiere: a double concerto created for him and clarinetist Jon Manasse by Cuban composer D'Rivera. Nakamatsu follows with Tchaikovsky's mighty Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular works ever composed for piano. Stravinsky's witty neo-classical Pulcinella Suite, originally written for a comic ballet, opens the evening.

Conductor: Leslie B. Dunner
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Jon Manasse, clarinet
  • Igor Stravinsky  Pulcinella Suite
  • Paquito D'Rivera Cape Cod Concerto for Clarinet, Piano & Orchestra  -- World Premiere
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky  Piano Concerto No. 1
About Leslie B. Dunner
About Jon Nakamatsu
About Jon Manasse

Leslie B. Dunner


Spices, Bandoneon & Italy
Saturday 8:00 pm June 4, 2011
Sunday 2:30 pm June 5, 2011
Principal percussionist Galen Lemmon and Steve Hearn shine in Israeli composer Avner Dorman's spectacular double percussion concerto, featuring many of the tuned "keyboard" percussion instruments; watch the mallets fly. We end our season in the warmth of Mendelssohn's Italian sun, delighting in the high-spirited Carnival dances that conclude his vivacious symphony.  The program opens with another concerto, this time for the Argentine bandoneon - a grand work by the nuevo tango composer Astor Piazzolla.

Conductor: Carolyn Kuan
Soloist(s): Galen Lemmon, percussion
Steve Hearn, percussion
Seth Asarnow, bandoneon
  • Astor Piazzolla  Suite Punta del Este
  • Avner Dorman  Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!
  • Felix Mendelssohn  Symphony No. 4 - Italian
About Carolyn Kuan
About Galen Lemmon
About Steve Hearn
About Seth Asarnow

Carolyn Kuan



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