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Past Performances from This Season

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
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Elena Sharkova


Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem
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)

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

Paul Polivnick


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

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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



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