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
J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne. Arrangement for orchestra by Hideo Saito
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
Juan Pablo Jofre, Bandoneon
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Nino Rota: Suite from the Ballet La Strada
Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla: Symphonic Tango Suite
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert part of season: Movies in Concert 2016-2017 Friday 7:00 pm October 27, 2017
Saturday 2:30 pm October 28, 2017
Saturday 7:30 pm October 28, 2017
The Harry Potter™ film series features Symphony Silicon Valley and SSV Chorale performing every note from HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™.
Symphony Silicon Valley and CineConcerts invite fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ - In Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Free, world-class fireworks return to downtown San Jose to light up the Fourth. Symphony Silicon Valley and the Rotary Club of San Jose invite you, your family and friends to come celebrate the holiday together, with 5 hours of spectacular and varied music-making and a breathtaking fireworks display. Featured guests Mariachi Azteca, Broadway star Lisa Vroman, Dirty Cello (blues to bluegrass to rock), and San Jose Taiko, plus Maestro Peter Jaffe and the Symphony orchestra performing patriotic and pops favorites, equal music for you--music for all! A family-friendly event with special activities for children, all in San Jose's Discovery Meadow.
Music 5:15 - 10:15 pm
Fireworks begin after dark
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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.
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
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.
Edvard Tchivzhel, (pronounced CHIV-GEL)
Nikolai Demidenko, Piano
Aleksandr Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert part of season: Movies in Concert 2016-2017 Saturday 2:30 pm October 29, 2016
Saturday 8:00 pm October 29, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm October 30, 2016
The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature Symphony Silicon Valley performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Beethoven's Pastorale & 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.
Robin Mayforth, Violin
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastorale"
A Family Holiday Tradition! Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale present the 12th Annual "Carols in the California", an exciting and festive program of holiday cheer. Come for a traditional sing-along of your favorite carols including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and The Twelve Days of Silicon Valley Christmas.
Prepare to be dazzled by a performance of Rossini's “Kyrie and Gloria” from Petite Messe Sollennelle, and entertained by The Many Moods of Christmas with choir and full orchestra, all in the warm glow of the beautiful California Theatre. And while downtown, enjoy Christmas in the Park, and Winter Wonderland rides just two blocks from the theater.
The Nutcracker part of season: The Nutcracker 2016 Friday 7:00 pm December 16, 2016
Saturday 2:30 pm December 17, 2016
Saturday 7:00 pm December 17, 2016
Symphony Silicon Valley presents the Ballet Stars of Moscow Company direct from Russia, featuring ballet stars Oksana Bondareva and Andrei Bolotin in THE NUTCRACKER. The tradition of professional ballet in San Jose continues, with Tchaikovsky's magnificent music performed by Symphony Silicon Valley conducted by Maestro George Daugherty.
"A sumptuous ballet feast...the theater rang with Bravos" - New York Times
"…one of life's true pleasures: classical dance in purist form...one of the most enjoyable evening of ballet" - Corpus Christi Caller Times
"…the all-around best touring soloists I have seen out of Russia" - Desert News
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.
Mayuko Kamio, Violin
Kevin Puts: Millennium Canons
Kevin Puts: ...this noble company
Dmitry Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto in C Major, Opus 48
Chinese New Year Concert Music from Shanghai part of season: Special Events 2016-2017 Friday 7:00 pm February 3, 2017
Sunday 7:30 pm February 5, 2017
Symphony Silicon Valley, in collaboration with Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival and the Pacific Arts and Culture Exchange, presents a program to celebrate the Chinese New Year - The Year of Rooster.
Chinese New Year is the most celebrated cultural festival across China and the sprit of the festival has spread all over America and throughout the world. This performance by Symphony Silicon Valley, conducted by Jindong Cai, is part the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival, and will be the highlight of many festivities in the Chinese community around the Bay Area. With world-renowned soloists from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, this concert promises to be the best Chinese New Year Concert in the Bay Area!
Shanghai is the cradle of Western classical music in China. Our musical journey will take you from the first orchestral work ever written by a Chinese composer, to the most famous violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers,” to a Peking opera created during the Cultural Revolution, and to new compositions by 21st century Chinese composers.
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
Pianists Orion Weiss and Alessio Bax, outstanding members of a new generation of international musical artists, will team up to perform the concerto for two pianos that Mozart originally wrote for his older sister and himself. The instruments vie with each other, 'collaborating, interrupting, arguing,' then unite to suggest 'some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ.'
Weiss and Bax follow Mozart with Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, also for double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. Saint-Saëns - a 'mischievous Parisian imp' - originally concocted Carnival for a party. Its musical sketches, supposedly of various animals, in fact poked sly fun at composers and performers of the day.
In the same spirit, 60 years later Ogden Nash wrote a set of comic verses about Saint-Saëns' 'animals' (including fossils and - ahem - pianists). Noel Coward was the first to record this marriage of delightful music and charming nonsense.
So how could we resist? The Carnival of the Animals will be accompanied by Nash's verses. For this star turn, legendary Bay Area actor Julian Lopez-Morillas joins us to admonish: "Be quiet, please, for here begins / our salute to feathers, fur and fins."
The mood then changes radically, as Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and guest vocal soloists join the orchestra in Mozart's sublime Requiem, generally considered the greatest work by the greatest of composers.
Alessio Bax, Piano
Orion Weiss, Piano
Julian Lopez-Morillas, Narrator, Carnival of the Animals
Sylvia Sang Eun Lee, Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo-Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Vale Rideout, Tenor, Mozart Requiem
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)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert part of season: Movies in Concert 2016-2017 Friday 8:00 pm March 31, 2017
Saturday 2:30 pm April 1, 2017
Saturday 8:00 pm April 1, 2017
Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry's second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! A mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry's own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From Dueling Clubs to rogue Bludgers, it's a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: "The Chamber of Secrets has been opened." Saving Hogwarts will require all of Harry's, Ron's and Hermione's magical abilities and courage!
This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while Symphony Silicon Valley performs John Williams' memorable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has bewitched the world.