2014-2015 Season
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2014-2015 Season Overview

Symphony Silicon Valley's 13th season includes:

  • We invite you to a musical season ranging from Mozart to a 2015 world premiere, including Gypsy-inflected Russian jazz, operatic ballet, Berlioz, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Schumann and more.
  • Three great pianists perform four concertos. Jon Nakamatsu gives us two favorites by Gershwin, Stephen Prutsman returns with Shostakovich’s most witty and engaging work, and Jeffrey Kahane makes his debut with Symphony Silicon Valley playing Beethoven.
  • In the early 20th century, music took on a new character.  Our season’s portrait of an era includes Ravel, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Respighi, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Rachmaninoff and Debussy.
  • Returning stars from the 2013-14 season include soloists Stephen Prutsman, Jon Nakamatsu, Mayuko Kamio and Maestra Kamensek; while Tatsuya Shimono returns twice to follow up his 2011-12 triumph. First-time guests include maestros John Nelson and Ward Stare, plus cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Jeffrey Kahane.
  • And we bring you an evening of works for orchestra plus chorus, including Rachmaninoff’s haunting adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells.

Symphony Silicon Valley at San Jose’s beautiful California Theatre. Local, professional, and very exciting!

An Italian Tour
Saturday 8:00 pm September 27, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm September 28, 2014

Join us to explore Italy in September. All three works on our season opening program reflect a bit of the sunny Mediterranean landscape. Respighi’s charming take on 17th century Italian dances is followed by Verdi’s tribute - beloved for its glorious violin solo - to the legendary pearl christened The Wanderer. In Harold in Italy Berlioz conjures up his own wanderings in rustic Abruzzi, complete with misty landscapes, pilgrims and tolling bells, roving musicians and riotous brigands. Orchestra principal Patricia Whaley is featured in this romantic all-but-concerto for viola.

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Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Soloist(s): Patricia Whaley, Viola
  • Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 2

  • Giuseppe Verdi: La Pérégrina (ballet from Don Carlo)

  • Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy

Program Notes
About Karen Kamensek
About Patricia Whaley

Karen Kamensek


Beethoven & Brahms
Saturday 8:00 pm October 25, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm October 26, 2014

This program is a fine example of the magic that comes from pairing the best with the best. Maestro Nelson is one of America’s most distinguished and sought-after conductors; Jeffrey Kahane is an internationally  renowned pianist (and conductor) who regards Nelson as a key mentor.  They will partner to present two of classical music’s greatest works.  Brahms and Beethoven, Nelson and Kahane — an October program not to miss.

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Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Jeffrey Kahane, Piano
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon Overture

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Jeffrey Kahane

John Nelson


Turkish Romance
Saturday 8:00 pm December 6, 2014
Sunday 2:30 pm December 7, 2014

Our tongue-in-cheek title gives a nod to both works on this program. The Symphony’s star soloist, violinist Mayuko Kamio, returns for the third time in three years to perform the concerto Mozart wrote as a supremely gifted 19-year-old. Lyrical, melodic, boisterous, rhythmically inventive, it set a new standard of technical prowess for the violin.

When Maestro Shimono conducted Symphony Silicon Valley in Ein Heldenleben for his first American engagement, he became an instant audience and musician favorite.

He returns to us from Japan to lead Bruckner’s romantic Symphony No. 4 — a big work to match his huge talent.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Mayuko Kamio, Violin
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, "The Turkish Concerto"

  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, "Die Romantische"

About Tatsuya Shimono
About Mayuko Kamio

Mayuko Kamio


Nakamatsu Plays Ravel & Gershwin
Friday 8:00 pm January 16, 2015
Saturday 8:00 pm January 17, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm January 18, 2015

Local icon Jon Nakamatsu joins the orchestra to perform both of the great Gershwin concertos.  In the roaring twenties, jazz found its way into classical composition, and the result was a musical revolution. This program of works from the 1920’s contrasts the French composer Ravel with Gershwin the New Yorker, and the different worlds on either side of the Atlantic.

Conductor: Ward Stare
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Maurice Ravel: Boléro

  • George Gershwin: Concerto in F

  • George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

  • Maurice Ravel: La valse

About Ward Stare
About Jon Nakamatsu

Ward Stare


Shostakovich: Gentleman Comrade
Saturday 8:00 pm March 14, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm March 15, 2015

State composer of the Soviet era, Dimitri Shostakovich was both celebrated and terrorized in his own country.  In March, our program presents two works by Shostakovich the debonair musical gentleman paired with his redeeming and triumphant Fifth Symphony — the one he HAD to write.  Pianist Stephen Prutsman returns from this past January’s triumph to perform Shostakovich’s buoyant Second Piano Concerto, the work that accompanied The Steadfast Tin Solider in Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Stephen Prutsman, Piano
Featured Artist(s): Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor

About Tatsuya Shimono
About Stephen Prutsman

Tatsuya Shimono


The Bells
Saturday 8:00 pm May 9, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm May 10, 2015

Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale figures throughout our May program, all under Maestro Vajda’s brilliant leadership. Debussy’s Nocturnes treats women’s voices as instruments, blending them with the orchestra to evoke the shifting sea.  Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Bells, which evokes changing bell-tones using the melody of words, inspired Rachmaninoff’s brilliant adaptation - a choral symphony that was his favorite of all his works.

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Isabella Ivy, soprano
Daniel Weeks, tenor
Anton Belov, baritone
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

  • Claude Debussy: Nocturnes

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Bells

About Gregory Vajda
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Isabella Ivy
About Daniel Weeks
About Anton Belov

Gregory Vajda


Elgar & Schumann
Saturday 8:00 pm June 6, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm June 7, 2015

In our final program of the season, cellist Julian Schwarz, superstar-in-the-making, makes his first appearance with Symphony Silicon Valley performing Elgar’s great concerto. This follows the return of the Chorale and orchestra in Vaughan Williams elegiac Serenade to Music; and the evening is capped by Schumann’s magnificent, almost euphoric Rhenish Symphony. English maestro William Boughton will bring the year to a brilliant close.

Conductor: William Boughton
Soloist(s): Julian Schwarz, Cello
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

  • Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish

About William Boughton
About Julian Schwarz
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

William Boughton



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