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Yellow River Cantata Concert
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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Sinatra Centennial
Saturday 7:00 pm October 10, 2015

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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.



Carols in the California
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
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Elena Sharkova


Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert
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.

Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
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The Godfather Live in Concert
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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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.
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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.

Video footage courtesy of Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: John Jesensky
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Music of the Great Cathedrals
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 Chandos 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

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


Fourth of July Symphony Summer Pops
Monday 5:15 pm July 4, 2016

Free, world-class fireworks return to downtown San Jose!
Symphony Silicon Valley and the Rotary Club of San Jose invites you, your family, and your friends to enjoy a world-class fireworks display at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose, with over 5 hours of spectacular musical performances! Featuring special guests Lisa Vroman, Dirty Cello, Mariachi Azteca, and San Jose Taiko!

5:15 - 10:15pm
Fireworks After Dark

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

Peter Jaffe



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