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Carols in the California
Saturday 7:00 pm December 13, 2014


Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, along with members of Symphony Silicon Valley, present the 10th Annual Carols in the California.  This exciting and festive program features English composer John Rutter’s soaring Magnificat.  Come for the traditional sing-along of your favorite carols and delight in both familiar and new Christmas favorites, all in the warm glow of the California Theatre.

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Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • John Rutter: Magnificat

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Elena Sharkova

 


Disney's FANTASIA Live in Concert
Saturday 8:00 pm February 14, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm February 15, 2015

Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation with Symphony Silicon Valley, accompanying scenes from Walt Disney's original FANTASIA (1940) and Disney FANTASIA 2000, highlighting a selection of the magnificent repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, will also be shown in high definition on the big screen.

"Fantasia…remind[s] us of the emotional storytelling power of classical music and the wide spectrum of beauty and characters that animation can provide…If you have kids that haven’t yet experienced the wonder of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, I would highly recommend introducing them to it in this ideal setting, with the music heard as it was meant to be- live."
—Spinningplatters.com

"The Disney cartoons of 1940’s revolutionary Fantasia played in brilliant, restored, high-definition color alongside clips from Fantasia 2000..."
—Broadwayworld.com

"All in all, this is a program that should be offered with great regularity, rather than as a special event."
—San Francisco Classical Voice

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

Conductor: Sarah Hicks
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Mickey Mouse & Leopold Stokowski

 


The Lord of the Rings
Thursday 7:00 pm April 16, 2015
Friday 7:00 pm April 17, 2015
Saturday 7:00 pm April 18, 2015

THE EPIC TRILOGY COMES TO SAN JOSE!
The Marriage of Film and Music on an Epic Scale
250 MUSICIANS ON STAGE, BENEATH A GIANT SCREEN
FOR TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION: WWW.LOTRSSV.ORG

Direct from New York's Lincoln Center engagement, the complete film trilogy will be presented live, with Symphony Silicon Valley, and featuring Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and Cantabile Youth Singers. This is the first time an American orchestra has performed these epic works.

Beneath a giant 48 foot screen presented in HD, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists.

TWO COMPLETE CYCLES:

Cycle 1:
April 16, 2015 7:00 pm The Fellowship of the Ring
April 17, 2015 7:00 pm The Two Towers
April 18, 2015 7:00 pm The Return of the King

Cycle 2:
April 18, 2015 1:00 pm The Fellowship of the Ring
April 19, 2015 1:00 pm The Two Towers
April 19, 2015 6:30 pm The Return of the King

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




 

 


The Lord of the Rings [Cylce 2]
Saturday 1:00 pm April 18, 2015
Sunday 1:00 pm April 19, 2015
Sunday 6:30 pm April 19, 2015

THE EPIC TRILOGY COMES TO SAN JOSE!
The Marriage of Film and Music on an Epic Scale
250 MUSICIANS ON STAGE, BENEATH A GIANT SCREEN
FOR TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION: WWW.LOTRSSV.ORG

Direct from New York's Lincoln Center engagement, the complete film trilogy will be presented live, with Symphony Silicon Valley, and featuring Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and Cantabile Youth Singers. This is the first time an American orchestra has performed these epic works.

Beneath a giant 48 foot screen presented in HD, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists.

TWO COMPLETE CYCLES:

Cycle 1:
April 16, 2015 7:00 pm The Fellowship of the Ring
April 17, 2015 7:00 pm The Two Towers
April 18, 2015 7:00 pm The Return of the King

Cycle 2:
April 18, 2015 1:00 pm The Fellowship of the Ring
April 19, 2015 1:00 pm The Two Towers
April 19, 2015 6:30 pm The Return of the King

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




 

 

Past Performances from This Season


Symphonic Strings
Saturday 7:00 pm July 26, 2014


Maestro Peter Jaffee leads Symphonic Strings – popular classical works written for strings only, performed by the musicians of Symphony Silicon Valley. Composers will range from Tchaikovsky and Dvorak to Takemitsu, Grieg and Copland.

  • Holberg Suite Prelude (Grieg)
  • Serenade for Strings in E major (Dvorák)
  • Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
  • Romanian Folk Dances (Bartók)
  • Serenade for Strings in E minor (Elgar)
  • Waltz (Takemitsu)
  • Boisterous Bouree (Britten)
  • Serenade for Strings in C (Tchaikovsky)

Concert takes place at San Jose State University's iconic Tower Lawn
(located behind the MLK Library at 4th and San Fernando)

Conductor: Peter Jaffe
About Peter Jaffe

 
Peter Jaffe

 


Opera Pops
Sunday 5:30 pm July 27, 2014


Presented with Opera San Jose. Symphony Silicon Valley and Opera San Jose collaborate on an evening of vocal pyrotechnics. Maestro Peter Jaffee conducts an evening of arias, songs and comic turns from opera and operettas. Free Ice Cream Social, provided by Treat Ice Cream of San Jose.

  • Die Fledermaus Overture (Strauss)
  • The Magic Flute: Papageno! Papagena! (Mozart)
  • The Magic Flute: Queen of the Night (Mozart)
  • The Marriage of Figaro: La vendetta (Mozart)
  • Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore (Verdi)
  • The Marriage of Figaro Overture (Mozart)
  • Lakmé Flower Duet (Delibes)
  • The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum (Rossini)
  • La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' (Puccini)
  • Fiddler on the Roof: If I Were a Rich Man (Bock)
  • Porgy and Bess: Summertime (Gershwin)
  • Rigoletto: La donna è mobile (Verdi)
  • Carmen: Votre toast (Bizet)

Concert takes place at San Jose State University's iconic Tower Lawn
(located behind the MLK Library at 4th and San Fernando)

Conductor: Peter Jaffe
Soloist(s): Opera San Jose
Kirk Dougherty, Tenor
Silas Elash, Bass
Matthew Hanscom, Baritone
Isabella Ivy, Soprano
Chloe Smart, Soprano
About Peter Jaffe
About Opera San Jose
About Kirk Dougherty
About Silas Elash
About Matthew Hanscom
About Isabella Ivy
About Chloe Smart

 

 


Mariachi Sol de México
Friday 7:00 pm August 1, 2014


Presented with Viva Fest. Jose Hernandez leads world-famous Mariachi Sol de Mexico and guests from Viva Fest in a program showing off these virtuoso musicians’ Mexican flair and some special classical arrangements.

Concert takes place at San Jose State University's iconic Tower Lawn
(located behind the MLK Library at 4th and San Fernando)


Soloist(s): Mariachi Sol de Mexico
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Classical Mystery Tour
Saturday 7:00 pm August 2, 2014


The stars of Classical Mystery Tour, alums of Broadway’s Beatlemania, return for an evening of the Beatles’ greatest hits, backed by Symphony Silicon Valley.

Concert takes place at San Jose State University's iconic Tower Lawn
(located behind the MLK Library at 4th and San Fernando)


Soloist(s): Classical Mystery Tour
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Cole Porter Songbook
Sunday 5:30 pm August 3, 2014


Target Summer Pops closes with the music of Cole Porter from All of You to You’re the Top. Led by Maestro Larry Blank, the Symphony is joined by Broadway talents Lisa Vroman, David Burnham, and Christina Saffran.

Free Ice Cream Social with Treat Ice Cream of San Jose.

Concert takes place at San Jose State University's iconic Tower Lawn
(located behind the MLK Library at 4th and San Fernando)

Conductor: Larry Blank
Soloist(s): Lisa Vroman
David Burnham
Christina Saffran
About Larry Blank
About Lisa Vroman
About David Burnham
About Christina Saffran

 
Larry Blank

 


The Music of Led Zeppelin
Saturday 8:00 pm September 20, 2014


For one night only, the legendary songs of Led Zeppelin, accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley, performs at the City National Civic! Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, Silicon Valley Symphony performs The Music of Led Zeppelin at City National Civic of San Jose on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 PM. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors.

“My concept for The Music of Led Zeppelin was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Zep had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band is reproducing what Led Zeppelin did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”

Delivering a note-for-note interpretation, vocalist Randy Jackson (lead singer of the rock band Zebra), shrieks brilliantly, acting as a window between the audience and reworked material. “The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant,” says Havens.

Why the music of Led Zeppelin? Havens felt Led Zeppelin’s intricate rhythm patterns and unusual progressions contained within straight-forward rock n’ roll makes them an ideal choice for scoring.

“I was quite impressed with the complexity of the rhythms,” says Havens. “I’ve asked myself if they actually sat down and said, ‘alright we need a three-eight bar here, or we need to go from four-four to seven-eight and back…’ I don’t think so. I think they just banged it out and it worked and it felt good.”

The 2-plus hour concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Black Dog and Immigrant Song.

“On Immigrant Song I have the violins doing that ‘Ah-ah-ah part,’ up an octave from Jackson, and the French Horns are doing it with him in the same register,” says Havens. “Then we have the brass kickin’ in the back, doing the accents. It rips.”

The symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of the podium.

“When we first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost classical applause,” says Havens. “Then we hit the first note and they realized it was a rock show.”

Classical musicians also enjoy the change of pace; “In one concert, during Stairway to Heaven, the entire string section pulled out Bic lighters!” laughs Havens.



 

 

 

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