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Music of the Great Cathedrals
part of season: Chorale Season 2015-2016
Friday 7:30 pm May 27, 2016


Led by Music Director Elena Sharkova, the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale will conclude its 29th season with an evening of choral-orchestral masterpieces written for the majestic cathedrals and magnificent palaces of Europe by well-known Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.  The concert will be performed at the acoustically superb Mission Santa Clara on Friday, May 27th, at 7:30PM.  The Chorale will be joined by members of Symphony Silicon Valley.

Choral works include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sunny Regina Coeli KV276, the last of three settings Mozart wrote for this antiphon in praise of the Virgin, Franz Joseph Haydn’s motet Insanae et Vanae Curae, George Frideric Handel’s Candos Anthem 8, Henry Purcell’s ode to Queen Mary II of England, Come Ye Sons of Art, and Franz Schubert’s lovely and uplifting Mass No. 2 in G.

Concert Takes Place At: Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA

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Conductor: Elena Sharkova
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Regina Coeli, K. 276

  • Franz Joseph Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae

  • George Frideric Handel: Chandos Anthem No. 8: O come, let us sing unto the Lord

  • Henry Purcell: Come Ye Sons of Art, Z.323 (Ode for Queen Mary's birthday)

  • Franz Schubert: Mass No. 2 in G major, D 167

About Elena Sharkova



 
Elena Sharkova

 


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, including a performance by local legend Jon Nakamatsu.

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

Program Notes
About Carlos Vieu
About Jon Nakamatsu



 
Carlos Vieu

 


Fourth of July Symphony Summer Pops
part of season: Special Events 2015-2016
Monday 5:00 pm July 4, 2016


Free, world-class fireworks return to downtown San Jose!

Celebrating our 101st year and a new century of service, the Rotary Club of San Jose invites you, your family, and your friends to enjoy another world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose, featuring Symphony Silicon Valley!

5:00 - 10:00pm
Fireworks After Dark

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Conductor: Peter Jaffe
Soloist(s): Lisa Vroman, Soprano
About Peter Jaffe
About Lisa Vroman



 
Peter Jaffe

 


Lynn Harrell, Berlioz & Brahms
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm October 1, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm October 2, 2016

Symphony Silicon Valley is honored to present cellist Lynn Harrell, one of the legendary musicians of our time, performing under the baton of Maestro Nelson. Harrell approaches Shostakovich's masterpiece, one of his signature works, "with full-throated expressivity... like a more muscular and overtly emotional Yo-Yo Ma." Our season opens with Berlioz's delightfully boisterous tribute to a brazen buccaneer; and the program ends with Brahms’s magnificent fourth and final symphony.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Lynn Harrell, Cello
  • Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire overture, H 101

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

About John Nelson
About Lynn Harrell



 
Soloist Lynn Harrell

 


Grand Old Russia
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm October 22, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm October 23, 2016

The second program reunites two former classmates, both prodigious pianist-composers from pre-Revolution Moscow: Rachmaninoff, flamboyant and tormented neo-Romantic, and Scriabin, mystic and visionary. Returning Chopin master Demidenko will perform and early work by the composer often called the Russian Chopin. Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony follows - nostalgic, gloriously melodic, known for one of the most heartbreakingly memorable themes in the Romantic repertory.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: Edvard Tchivzhel, (pronounced CHIV-GEL)
Soloist(s): Nikolai Demidenko, Piano
  • Aleksandr Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

About Edvard Tchivzhel
About Nikolai Demidenko



 
Edvard Tchivzhel

 


Beethoven's Pastoral & Scheherazade
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm December 3, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm December 4, 2016

From Beethoven's symphonic "Recollection of Country Life", with it's evocation of brooks, birdsong, and thunderstorms, to Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic fairytale Orient, program music traveled a long way. Yet each of these beloved concert favorites - one from the opening of the 19th century, the other from near its end - brilliantly integrates vivid images and musicality, fantasy and form.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Robin Mayforth, Violin
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

About John Nelson
About Robin Mayforth



 
John Nelson

 


Something New & Fancy Free
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm January 21, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm January 22, 2017

Welcome the winners! We greet the New Year with two of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Put's widely acclaimed orchestral works. Violin virtuoso Mayuko Kamio, winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition, then forges a new Russian-American alliance, playing both Kabalevsky's lively and lyrical concerto and Foss's tribute to musical Americana, ending in a Western hoedown. We conclude with one of Bernstein's most sparkling scores: the concert suite from his 1944 ballet Fancy Free.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Mayuko Kamio, Violin
  • Kevin Puts: Millennium Canons

  • Kevin Puts: ...this noble company

  • Dmitry Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto in C Major, Opus 48

  • Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces

  • Leonard Bernstein: Suite from Fancy Free

About Paul Polivnick
About Mayuko Kamio



 
Paul Polivnick

 


Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Friday 8:00 pm March 17, 2017
Saturday 8:00 pm March 18, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm March 19, 2017

Two great pianists team up to perform Mozart's concerto, a work filled with sparkling repartee as the two instruments vie with each other, then unite to suggest "some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ." They follow with Saint-Saëns' Carnival, also with double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. In the second half of our program the mood changes, as vocal soloists and chorus join the orchestra in Mozart's sublime Requiem.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
Orion Weiss, Piano
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for two pianos in E-flat major, K. 365/316a

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor (K. 626)

About Constantine Kitsopoulos
About Jon Nakamatsu
About Orion Weiss
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale



 
Constantine Kitsopoulos

 


Bach & Mahler
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm May 6, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm May 7, 2017

Mahler's Fifth is an epic journey that begins with a funeral march, endures turmoil, dances with abandon, confesses deep love, and ends finally in glory. It is a great testament to adversity surmounted, expressed in luxuriant orchestral colors and unforgettable melodies. The stage is set with an orchestral version of Bach's Chaconne (originally for solo violin), in which a brief musical idea undergoes a series of transformations to become a statement of monumental proportion.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
  • J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne. Arrangement for orchestra by Hideo Saito

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5

About Tatsuya Shimono



 
Tatsuya Shimono

 


Misa Tango
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm June 3, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm June 4, 2017

The world knows Astor Piazzolla as the great innovator of Argentine tango, who transformed the original dance style into new, large-scale compositions. Many other musicians have also cultivated Tango Nuevo. In addition to Piazzolla, we will perform works by two of the best: Horacio Salgan, who will turn 101 shortly after our concerts, and Luis Bacalov, widely recognized for the film Il Postino's Oscar-winning score. Bacalov's Tango Mass will bring our 2016-17 season to a dazzling close.

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

New season subscriptions available in May; single tickets go on sale the second half of August, 2016.

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Juan Pablo Jofre, Bandoneon
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Horacio Salgán: Symphonic Tangos

  • Astor Piazzolla: Nuevo Symphonic Tangos

  • Luis Bacalov: Misa Tango

About Carlos Vieu
About Juan Pablo Jofre
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale



 
Carlos Vieu

 

Past Performances from This Season


Yellow River Cantata Concert
part of season: Special Events 2015-2016
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
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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

Program Notes
About David Amado
About Nikolai Demidenko

 
David Amado

 


Sinatra Centennial
part of season: Special Events 2015-2016
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.



 

 


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.)

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

  • Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

  • Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (full ballet score)

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick

 
Paul Polivnick

 


Dvořák
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.

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

Program Notes
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


Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, along with musicians of Symphony Silicon Valley, present the 11th Annual Carols in the California.  This exciting and festive program features Glenn McClure’s exhilarating St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass, accompanied by the College of San Mateo Panhandlers Steel Band.

Come for the traditional sing-along of your favorite carols (including the return of the fan favorite 12 Days of Silicon Valley Christmas) and delight in both familiar and new holiday favorites, all in the warm glow of the California Theatre.

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Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Glenn McClure: St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass

  • 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

 


Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert
part of season: Special Events 2015-2016
Friday 7:00 pm January 15, 2016
Saturday 7:00 pm January 16, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm January 17, 2016

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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.
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American Concert Premiere!

The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure… RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK… with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY!

The year is 1936, and professor of archaeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.

"RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK" licensed by LUCASFILM, LTD and PARAMOUNT PICTURES.
Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
About Constantine Kitsopoulos

 

 


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.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Ju-Young Baek, Violin
  • Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485

  • Max Bruch: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26

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

Program Notes
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.

We are delighted to announce that we will present a contemporary cinematic re-imagining of the art exhibit that originally inspired our centerpiece, Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

A visually stunning series of original animated short films created by students, faculty and graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will accompany our orchestra's performance.  The projectionist will use a brand new technology that allows him to act as a member of the orchestra, following the conductor's tempi together with the musicians. Musical magic, fresh creative expression, and high tech will meld to produce one extraordinary concert experience.

The project was produced and directed by faculty Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with a team of 11 animation artists drawn from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. The animation was designed and animated by current students, recent graduates and faculty.

The programmatic work by Mussorgsky is the perfect canvas to apply the talents of the diverse USC-DADA animation program. The project embraces a blending of animation techniques that included CG, digital hand drawn, analog hand drawn, rotoscope, long exposure photography, green screen live action, and practical VFX.

Click here to visit the USC-DADA website dedicated to this work.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Rhoslyn Jones, Soprano
Jordan Shanahan, Baritone
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Resounding Achord
  • 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)

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Rhoslyn Jones
About Jordan Shanahan
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Resounding Achord

 
Paul Polivnick

 


The Godfather Live in Concert
part of season: Special Events 2015-2016
Friday 7:00 pm April 8, 2016
Saturday 7:00 pm April 9, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm April 10, 2016

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Symphony Silicon Valley returns to The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts for another classic Hollywood movie presented with live orchestra! Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece tells the tale of the notorious New York crime family, the Corleones, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Composer Nina Rota's "dark, looming, and elegant soundtrack" is one of the greatest film scores ever written.

The Godfather soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written Specifically For A Motion Picture or for Television. In 1972, the album stood at number 21 (peak) in the Billboard 200 charts. Although Nino Rota’s score for The Godfather (1972) was refused an Oscar nomination because he reused the same theme from his previous score for Fortunella (1958), he was still awarded the Oscar for Best Original Score for the sequel even though it still used the same love theme from the first film.

The soundtrack’s “Main Title” is a classic recording, and establishes a theme for the rest of the score. “I Have but One Heart” is the sole vocal track on the album, featuring Al Martino switching from English to Italian lyrics. “The Halls of Fear” develops the theme even further by adding a dark, jazzy slant to it. The standout cut is “The Godfather Finale.” This is where the theme becomes undeniable, and simply striking.

The AFI voted The Godfather score the #5 Greatest Film Score of All Time.

Anyone who has seen the film has undoubtedly fallen in love with Nino Rota’s amazing score, thematically beautiful and with more than a hint of his Italian roots. To this day The Godfather remains one of the most influential films in cinematic history.

This concert takes place at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.
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Video footage courtesy of Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: John Jesensky
Program Notes
About John Jesensky

 

 


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.

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

Program Notes
About Gregory Vajda
About Natasha Paremski

 
Gregory Vajda

 

 

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