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Sinatra Centennial
part of season: 2015-2016 Special Events
Saturday 7:00 pm October 10, 2015

sponsored by

The legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra would have observed his Centennial birthday in 2015. To celebrate this significant occasion the Stroke Awareness Foundation is pleased to welcome Frank Sinatra Jr. to a benefit gala commemorating his father for a once in a lifetime Centennial celebration. Frank Sinatra Jr. will be joined by 36 musicians from Symphony Silicon Valley under the direction of music director Terry Woodson, to memorialize Ole Blue Eye’s 100th Birthday with an evening of beautiful music and one of a kind nostalgia.

Premier sponsorships available! As a premier sponsor, you will enjoy VIP seating at the performance followed by a fabulous birthday bash gala including celebrity chef Michael Mina’s choreographed late night supper. After you danced the night away to the sounds of the Big Band- era ensemble led by Fil Lorenz, you may retire to your room at the newly renovated Marriott Hotel.

Only a few VIP tickets are remaining, for additional information please contact Noemi Conway at 408-370-5282 or



Bernstein & Firebird
part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
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


part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
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


Carols in the California
part of season: Chorale Season 2015-2016
Saturday 7:00 pm December 12, 2015

Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest

  • The Many Moods of Christmas created by Robert Shaw, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett

About Elena Sharkova
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Elena Sharkova


Schubert, Bruch, & Hindemith
part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
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
Soloist(s): Ju-Young Baek, Violin
  • 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
About Ju-Young Baek

Tatsuya Shimono


Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem
part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
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
part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
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
part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
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


Past Performances from This Season

Beethoven on the Lawn
part of season: Target Summer Pops 2015
Saturday 7:00 pm July 25, 2015

sponsored by Target, Applied Materials Foundation, City of San Jose, Diane and Lee Brandenburg

Target Summer Pops opens with a Celebration of the great composer Beethoven
Maestro Peter Jaffe leads Symphony Silicon Valley in a program celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University. Click here for more info on the American Beethoven Society!
The evening's selections include Prometheus Overture, a "Symphony Sampler", and Piano Concerto, No. 5 in E-flat Major, ("Emperor") featuring virtuoso pianist Stephen Prutsman.
Mr. Prutsman's artistry has been acclaimed by critics and audiences worldwide. He is active as a soloist, as well as a composer and conductor. He has been hailed as "one of the finest American pianists of his generation."
All Beethoven:

  • Prometheus Overture
  • Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, "Emperor" (mvmts. 2 & 3)
  • "Sampler Symphony"
    Symphony No. 5 (1st Movement)
    Symphony No. 8 (2nd Movement)
    Symphony No. 1 (3rd Movement)
    Symphony No. 7 (4th Movement)

Click here for more info on the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University!


Conductor: Peter Jaffe
Soloist(s): Stephen Prutsman, Piano
About Peter Jaffe
About Stephen Prutsman

Peter Jaffe


Broadway's Legendary Ladies
part of season: Target Summer Pops 2015
Sunday 5:30 pm July 26, 2015

sponsored by Target, Applied Materials Foundation, City of San Jose, Diane and Lee Brandenburg

The first Sunday of the summer brings our first Free Ice Cream Day!
Conductor William Liberatore and Tony-nominated Broadway superstar Christine Andreas return to San Jose in a salute to Broadway's Divas!
Ms. Andreas is known for her breakout performance as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady, and her Tony-nominated turns in Oklahoma! and On Your Toes. She has shared her love of the great songs of the Golden Age of Broadway across the world, in London, Paris, Rome, and Australia.

Selections include hit songs from...

  • GYPSY (Some People)
  • PETER PAN (I'm Flying)
  • LADY IN THE DARK (My Ship)
  • THE KING AND I (Shall We Dance)
  • MY FAIR LADY (I Could Have Danced All Night)
  • SHE LOVES ME (Will He Like Me?)
  • MAME (My Best Beau, If He Walked Into My Life)
  • ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (They Say It's Wonderful, Moonshine Lullaby)
  • SOUTH PACIFIC (Wonderful Guy)
  • SHOW BOAT (Bill)
  • FUNNY GIRL (The Music That Makes Me Dance, Don't Rain On My Parade)

Conductor: William Liberatore
Soloist(s): Christine Andreas, Soprano
About William Liberatore
About Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas


Alma Corazon y Vida Concert
part of season: Target Summer Pops 2015
Thursday 7:00 pm July 30, 2015

For a special Thursday night show, the Symphony welcomes special guest artists.

This year Symphony Silicon Valley shares our Festival site and stage with the final concert of the 24th Annual San Jose Mariachi and Folklorico Festival.  Local student dancers will conclude week-long workshops with a performance accompanied by Mariachi Azteca de Juan “Pato” Diaz.  Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture with our community’s students.



Big Band Hit Parade
part of season: Target Summer Pops 2015
Saturday 7:00 pm August 1, 2015

sponsored by Target, Applied Materials Foundation, City of San Jose, Diane and Lee Brandenburg

Your Hit Parade began as a radio broadcast in 1935 and chronicled the songs that defined a nation and an era. It became a hit TV show in the 50s, and every week featured chart-topping songs performed by the greatest artists of the day.
For our second week, the best jazz cats from the Symphony Silicon Valley roster are led by Bay Area star Jazz Bandleader Fil Lorenz to bring back the Golden Age of Big Band!
Songs introduced by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael, and the Andrews Sisters! Who can resist? This evening will have your feet dancing and your heart soaring to the greatest tunes of a great pops era! A mix of the familiar and the unexpected will have you singing and swinging to the beat.
All the biggest hits, including...

  • A Fine Romance
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • Anything Goes
  • As Time Goes By
  • Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar
  • Begin the Beguine
  • Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
  • Don't Fence Me In
  • In the Mood
  • It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  • It's Only a Paper Moon
  • Kalamazoo
  • Minnie the Moocher
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000
  • Puttin' on the Ritz
  • Stardust
  • Stompin' at the Savoy
  • Take the A Train
  • Takin' a Chance On Love

Conductor: Fil Lorenz
Soloist(s): Martin Rojas-Dietrich
Katherine Cooper
Kathryn Fox Hart
Adrienne Walters
About Fil Lorenz
About Martin Rojas-Dietrich
About Katherine Cooper
About Kathryn Fox Hart
About Adrienne Walters

Your Hit Parade!


Hollywood Sound Stage
part of season: Target Summer Pops 2015
Sunday 5:30 pm August 2, 2015

sponsored by Target, Applied Materials Foundation, City of San Jose, Diane and Lee Brandenburg

Lights, Camera ... Music! Maestro Peter Jaffe takes us to the Movies! Tonight we feature selections from classic Hollywood film scores, and our final Free Ice Cream Day!
Movies without music are unimaginable. The greatest moments in movie history are indelibly tied to the great music: the train sequence in Lawrence of Arabia, the rise of the Obelisk in 2001, A Space Odyssey, the opening sequence from Gone With the Wind, the helicopter ride from Jurassic Park, the flying of the bicycles in E.T., Luke's Death Star trench run from Star Wars.
This past spring, Symphony Silicon Valley mounted the epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings Live in Concert at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts to sold out houses and standing ovations! For our grand finale of this year's Summer Pops Festival, the Symphony keeps that tradition with this treasure trove of great movie music.

Selections include...

  • 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY (Also sprach Zarathustra)
  • STAR WARS (Main theme)
  • ROMEO & JULIET (Love theme)
  • JAMES BOND, 007 (Themes)
  • DR. ZIVAGO (Laura's Theme)
  • FROZEN (Selections, including Let It Go)

Look for Symphony Silicon Valley to return in 2016 with an entire series of classic movies and memorable music performed live in concert at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts!


Conductor: Peter Jaffe
About Peter Jaffe



Yellow River Cantata Concert
part of season: 2015-2016 Special Events
Saturday 7:30 pm August 8, 2015

A special event Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II, featuring Symphony Silicon Valley and some of China's greatest artists comes to the Flint Center in Cupertino to perform Xian Xinghai's immortal choral masterwork for one night only!

The Yellow River Cantata by Xian Xinghai is the first multi-movement Chinese choral composition to gain widespread reorganization outside of China and enjoys lasting popularity.  Composed in early 1939 during Japan’s invasion of China, the Yellow River Cantata expresses the Chinese people’s strong will to defeat Japan and deep desire to bring China to great freedom and prosperities.

This concert will be performed by 300 singers from local choruses, a full orchestra with Chinese instruments from Symphony Silicon Valley, and top soloists from China. It is directed by Ding Cao, one of the top conductors in China, and highlights soloist Changyong Liao, the best baritone in China and the winner of many international competitions.

This concert, a joint effort of local Chinese community, commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in World War II, of the Victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, and of the Founding of United Nations.

This Concert Takes Place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
Directions | Seat Map



Beethoven & Schumann
part of season: 2015-2016 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm October 3, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm October 4, 2015

Our 14th season begins with two rock solid anchors of classical music. Beethoven and Schumann bridge the end of the classical and the beginning of the Romantic era of classical music composition. Beethoven was pivotal in this transition and special guest Nikolai Demidenko will perform his Emperor Piano Concerto. Schumann’s upbeat 2nd Symphony then ushers in the full Romantic era.

In memoriam...
Maestro George Wolfgang Cleve

1936 - 2015

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Conductor: David Amado
Soloist(s): Nikolai Demidenko, Piano
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

About David Amado
About Nikolai Demidenko

David Amado



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