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Holst's Planets
Saturday 8:00pm October 1, 2011
Sunday 2:30pm October 2, 2011

This concert was originally scheduled for May 12 & 13, 2012

World music master David Amram joins us to perform his great Triple Concerto, a highlight of our triumphant 2005-06 symphonic jazz program. Like the Concerto for Orchestra later in our season, Amram’s concerto underscores the range of our musicians’ virtuosity, with three quintets: woodwind, brass, and jazz (including Amram on piano and Pakistani flute). With it, Maestro Polivnick will pair one of the most beloved of all symphonic works--and one SSV has not yet performed: Holst’s The Planets.  This musical interpretation of the stories told about our nearest neighbors in space is part mythology, a pinch of astronomy, and all bravura music.  The Planets features a 90-piece orchestra, the California Theatre's mighty organ, the women of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and the voices of Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Elena Sharkova, Chorale Director
Soloist(s): David Amram
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • David Amram Triple Concerto

  • David Amram En Memoria de Chano Pozo

  • Gustav Holst The Planets

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Elena Sharkova
About David Amram
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Paul Polivnick


Petrushka & The Violin
Saturday 8:00pm October 22, 2011
Sunday 2:30pm October 23, 2011
Maestro Bisanti’s initial appearance with SSV last season won raves: ‘a glowing thrill-ride’ and ‘the orchestra’s most inspired performance.’ Bisanti returns with one of our favorite guests, Korean violinist Ju-Young Baek, who has previously joined us to perform Sibelius, Piazzolla and Brahms. Her gift for our Tenth Anniversary will be Beethoven’s supremely lyrical and expressive concerto.  It follows a work from SSV’s first concert in November, 2002: Stravinsky’s magical story of the puppet with a broken heart.

Conductor: Giampaolo Bisanti
Soloist(s): Ju-Young Baek, Violin
  • Igor Stravinsky Petrushka
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto No. 1
Program Notes
About Giampaolo Bisanti
About Ju-Young Baek

Giampaolo Bisanti


Nakamatsu Plays Chopin
Saturday 8:00pm December 3, 2011
Sunday 2:30pm December 4, 2011
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Our tenth season would not be complete without the return of local legend and van Cliburn award winner Jon Nakamatsu. The L.A. Times calls his Chopin interpretations “brilliant, poetic, heroic, and spontaneous;” this is a must-hear concert.  Maestro Novo adds treats in his SSV debut that are sure to blow the roof off the California Theatre: Milhaud’s ballet score filled with Brazilian rhythms, Kodaly’s Gypsy-inspired dances, and Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, dubbed ‘the people’s national anthem of Mexico.’

Conductor: José-Luis Novo
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Zóltan Kodaly Dances From Galanta
  • Darius Milhaud Le boeuf sur le toit
  • Arturo Márquez Danzon No. 2
  • Frédéric Chopin Piano concerto No. 1
Program Notes
About José-Luis Novo
About Jon Nakamatsu

José-Luis Novo


Mozart & Tchaikovsky
Saturday 8:00pm January 14, 2012
Sunday 2:30pm January 15, 2012
Some of SSV’s most exciting concerts feature our own gifted artists as soloists; and for the new year we turn our spotlight on Viola Principal Patricia Whaley. The viola was Mozart’s own favorite instrument, and he probably wrote the demanding part in his Sinfonia concertante for himself. Whaley has invited SSV concertmaster Robin Mayforth to join her in this brilliant double concerto. Maestro Klein will also lead Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 5, reprised from Symphony Silicon Valley’s 2004/05 season.

Conductor: Mitchell Sardou Klein
Soloist(s): Patricia Whaley, Viola
Robin Mayforth, Violin
  • John Corigliano To Music
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Program Notes
About Mitchell Sardou Klein
About Patricia Whaley
About Robin Mayforth

Mitchell Sardou Klein


Bach & Beethoven
Friday 8:00pm March 30, 2012
Saturday 8:00pm March 31, 2012
Sunday 2:30pm April 1, 2012

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.  SSV performed it in 2007-08 to packed houses. The concert opens with Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto, itself a supreme masterpiece of the Baroque. This combination was the first program ever conducted by our returning Maestro George Cleve; as he says, “How can you do better?”


Christina Major, soprano
Layna Chianakas, mezzo soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Kirk Eichelberger, bass

Conductor: George Cleve
Elena Sharkova, Chorale Director
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Program Notes
About George Cleve
About Elena Sharkova
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

George Cleve


Celebrating Our Tenth!
Saturday 8:00pm May 12, 2012
Sunday 2:30pm May 13, 2012
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Bartok's magnificent Concerto for Orchestra is the perfect choice for our season of celebration, -- a piece that spotlights each section of the orchestra in turn, full of melody, crackling rhythms and emotion. Popular Maestro Vajda pairs his Hungarian compatriot's masterwork with Brahms's rich, warm Second Symphony, which SSV first performed in 2004-05.  Together, these works showcase both Symphony Silicon Valley's own virtuosos and the collective sound of the orchestra.

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
  • Bela Bartok Concerto for Orchestra

  • Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2

About Gregory Vajda

Gregory Vajda


Northern Lights
Saturday 8:00pm June 2, 2012
Sunday 2:30pm June 3, 2012

Works from the Far North close our anniversary year.  Grieg's dramatic Suite, filled with memorable tunes, conjures up tales straight out of Norwegian folklore. Ning An, "a formidable keyboard talent," takes on Rachmaninoff's masterpiece. Melody was in Rachmaninoff's bones, and the Rhapsody includes one of the greatest ever written for orchestra (Variation #18 -- you'll know it instantly).  Maestro Boughton, longtime conductor in Finland, ends with Sibelius's heroic Second Symphony.  This passionate work highlighted Symphony Silicon Valley's opening season, and brings our Tenth season full circle.

Conductor: William Boughton
Soloist(s): Ning An, Piano
  • Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

  • Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 2

About William Boughton
About Ning An

William Boughton



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