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Nakamatsu Plays Rachmaninoff
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Friday 8:00 pm May 16, 2014
Saturday 8:00 pm May 17, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm May 18, 2014

“(He) can do anything at the piano he wants,” writes The New York Times. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu returns to play the impassioned and near-impossible Rachmaninoff concerto with which he won the Van Cliburn Gold Medal – a must-hear performance.

The concert begins with a musical collaboration across the years. In the 1930s, Schönberg detected a ‘budding symphony’ in Brahms’s much earlier quartet, and lovingly re-scored it for orchestra. The magnificent result has been called ‘Brahms’s Symphony No. 5.’

Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1, Op.25 (Arranged for Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg)

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

About Karen Kamensek
About Jon Nakamatsu

Jon Nakamatsu


From the Met to Broadway
part of season: Chorale Season 2013-2014
Saturday 7:00 pm May 31, 2014

An Opera and Musical Theatre Chorus spectacular!

Including Verdi's stirring Va Pensiero from Nabucco, the ethereal Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the infectious It's A Grand Night For Singing from Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair and the moving Climb the Mountains from Craig Bohmler's Mountain Days.

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

Tickets $25
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(408) 286-2600, ext.23
Box office hours: M-F, 10AM-5PM

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Conductor: Barbara Day Turner, Guest Conductor
About Barbara Day Turner

Barbara Day Turner


Beethoven's Eroica
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm June 7, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm June 8, 2014

Haydn’s lively symphony has been a favorite since its London premiere, and seems much too sociable for its nickname; but its cymbals and bass drum sounded warlike in 1794 and are startling even now. Symphony principal Kramer follows, in Weber’s expressive work featuring the bassoon’s distinctively warm, dark voice. Maestro Cleve closes the Symphony’s 12th season on a triumphant note with Beethoven’s mighty “Heroic” symphony, the revolutionary work that created a new musical world.

Conductor: George Cleve
Soloist(s): Deborah Kramer, Bassoon
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major, "Military Symphony"

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Antante and Hungarian Rondo, Op.35

  •  Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major "Eroica"

About George Cleve
About Deborah Kramer

George Cleve


Past Performances from This Season

¡Viva Fest! presents The Romance of Mexíco
part of season: 2013-2014 Special Events
Saturday 8:00pm September 7, 2013

Mexico's leading operatic tenor Fernando de la Mora comes to San Jose for the first time!

Symphony Silicon Valley is proud to join this annual festival, performing The Romance of Mexico, Saturday, September 7th in the SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion) at 8:00pm with Mariachi Sol de Mexíco! Visit for information.

Conductor: George Daugherty
Soloist(s): Fernando de la Mora, Tenor
Mariachi Sol de Mexico
About George Daugherty
About Fernando de la Mora
About Mariachi Sol de Mexico

Fernando de la Mora


Symphonie Fantastique
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm September 28, 2013
Sunday 2:30 pm September 29, 2013

Storytelling in music was revolutionized by Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, with its massive orchestra and vivid, even hallucinatory, colors. Wildly popular from its first performance, it makes the perfect beginning to our season. Austrian Maestro Campestrini opens with the exuberant overture to Glinka’s fairytale opera, studded with Russian, Finnish and Persian folk tunes. Prokofiev’s charming and impudent musical fable of an imaginary soldier’s misadventures completes the magic.

Conductor: Christoph Campestrini
  • Mikhail Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Suite from Lieutenant Kijé

  • Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Program Notes
About Christoph Campestrini

Christoph Campestrini


And the Beat Goes On
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm October 26, 2013
Sunday 2:30 pm October 27, 2013

Legendary timpanist and composer William Kraft wrote his second concerto specifically for San Francisco Symphony’s David Herbert, and we have invited Herbert to perform it with us, with Kraft in attendance. Played on 15 custom-built timpani tuned for melody, the concerto is almost as much dance as music. One of Shostakovich’s greatest works follows: his autobiographical Tenth Symphony, with its merciless portrait of Stalin and its passionate moods of despair and triumph.

Approx. running time:
Kraft Timpani Concerto: 30 min
Intermission: 20 min
Shostakovich 10th Symphony: 60 min

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): David Herbert, Timpani
  • William Kraft: Concerto No. 2 for Timpani: The Grand Encounter

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, in E minor

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About David Herbert

Paul Polivnick


Jackie Evancho
part of season: 2013-2014 Special Events
Friday 8:00 pm November 8, 2013

For one night only, prodigy and America's Got Talent favorite, Jackie Evancho, accompanied by the Symphony Silicon Valley, performs at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino!

Jackie was only 10 years old when she was discovered on the NBC reality show, and it's been gangbusters for her ever since. In just three years, Jackie's gorgeous soprano voice has won her millions of fans. Her recordings have dominated the music and DVD charts and her album, O Holy Night, became the year's #1 best-selling debut recording with more than one million copies sold.

Jackie's first studio album, Dream With Me, a mix of operatic arias, show tunes, and pop standards, was certified Gold after four weeks of release. Her third album, released last October, Songs from the Silver Screen, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical charts and at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.

Jackie Evancho is in a class of her own -- a crossover soprano vocalist who is equally comfortable with Puccini or pop.

Soloist(s): Jackie Evancho, Soprano
About Jackie Evancho

Jackie Evancho


Kamio Plays Tchaikovsky
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm December 7, 2013
Sunday 2:30 pm December 8, 2013

When our scheduled soloist took ill last season, violinist Mayuko Kamio stepped in as a substitute — and departed a sensation. Listeners were enthralled; reviews were ecstatic. She plays Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto: heart-felt, melody-filled, and technically daunting, an ideal showcase for an astonishing artist. The evening’s first half contrasts Mozart’s ‘most perfect and popular’ serenade with Stravinsky’s edgy experiment in the elegant style of Mozart’s 18th century.

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Soloist(s): Mayuko Kamio, Violin
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525

  • Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in C

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Program Notes
About Gregory Vajda
About Mayuko Kamio

Mayuko Kamio


Carols in the California
part of season: 2013-2014 Special Events
Saturday 7:00 pm December 14, 2013

A Family Holiday Tradition! Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale present the 9th Annual Carols in the California, an exciting and festive program featuring Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah.

Come for the traditional sing-along of your favorite carols and prepare to be dazzled by the 2013 version of “Twelve Days of Silicon Valley Christmas”, all in the warm glow of the California Theatre.

Click here to donate to the Chorale! 


Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Casey Breves, Tenor
  • Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, conceived by Marin Alsop and arranged by Bob Christianson & Gary Anderson.

Program Notes
About Elena Sharkova
About Casey Breves

Elena Sharkova


Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
part of season: 2013-2014 Special Events
Saturday 2:30 pm December 28, 2013
Saturday 7:30 pm December 28, 2013
Sunday 2:30 pm December 29, 2013

This Concert Takes Place at Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose 
Directions | Seat Map

Beloved “Bugs Bunny on Broadway” Concert Series Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the World Premiere of a New Sequel!



Created and Conducted by George Daugherty

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen -- Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner -- while their extraordinary original scores are played LIVE by your Symphony Silicon Valley.  Conducted and created by George Daugherty, this new concert (and its predecessors Bugs Bunny on Broadway and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony I) have delighted millions of concertgoers around the world, and spotlight acclaimed classics like What's Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, and Rhapsody Rabbit, along side eye-popping brand new Warner Bros. 3D theatrical shorts I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat and Coyote Falls.  Plus special guest starts Tom and Jerry!

"Ever wonder what Saturday mornings in heaven might be like?  Maybe we’ll all stroll excitedly up the street to a grand auditorium built by brilliantly gifted architects where we can blissfully enjoy amusing cartoons displaying on a huge screen overhead while a real, live orchestra consisting of a multitude of talented classical musicians enchants our souls with all the beloved music and theme songs that have over the years become such an integral part of our personal and collective fiber.  Well, no need to wait until the afterlife; we can experience a little bit of heaven right here on earth in George Daugherty's utterly delightful concert Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. You can almost throw your stuffy, symphony ‘quiet’ rules out the window during this program (in part because you would never want to squelch the precious squeals of laughter coming from youngsters sprinkled throughout the audience).  This show is excellent for all ages, and is an utterly delightful way to introduce anyone to the symphony!"  The Flash List / Dallas Morning News.

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.


Conductor: George Daugherty
About George Daugherty



Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm January 25, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm January 26, 2014

Maestro Figueroa takes us from the intimacy of chamber music to the grandeur of the orchestra on a heroic scale. We first meet the world-renowned Nobilis Trio ‘up close’ as a chamber group, before its master musicians join the orchestra in Beethoven’s concerto for three voices. Trio pianist Stephen Prutsman and orchestra follow with the sparkling and prodigiously difficult Burleske; and the concert is capped by one of Liszt’s most dramatic and widely-loved showpieces for orchestra.

Conductor: Guillermo Figueroa
Soloist(s): Nobilis Piano Trio
Ruggero Allifranchini, Violin
Stephen Prutsman, Piano
Suren Bagratuni, Cello
  • Stephen Prutsman: Concert Paraphrase on Themes from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin"

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano in C major

  • Richard Strauss: Burleske in D minor

  • Franz Liszt: Les préludes

Program Notes
About Guillermo Figueroa
About Nobilis Piano Trio
About Ruggero Allifranchini
About Stephen Prutsman
About Suren Bagratuni

Guillermo Figueroa


Carmina Burana
part of season: 2013-2014 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm March 22, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm March 23, 2014

Prepare yourself: Orff’s powerhouse setting of medieval verses celebrating the sensual life and lamenting the turns of fate is bawdy, dramatic, tender - and breathtaking. We perform it with three choirs and orchestra, for an unforgettable event. To open, virtuoso J.P. Jofre joins fellow Argentine Maestro Vieu and the orchestra to premiere his concerto for the earthy, resonant bandoneon – the soul of tango.

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Juan Pablo Jofre, Bandoneon
Christina Major, Soprano
J. Raymond Meyers, Tenor
Ralph Cato, Baritone
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, Lou De La Rosa, Guest Director
Cantabile Youth Singers, Elena Sharkova, Director
  • JP Jofre: Tango Movement Bandoneon Concerto (American Premiere)

  • Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Program Notes
About Carlos Vieu
About Juan Pablo Jofre
About Christina Major
About J. Raymond Meyers
About Ralph Cato
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Cantabile Youth Singers

Juan Pablo Jofre



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