2013-2014 Season
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2013-2014 Season Overview

Symphony Silicon Valley's 12th season includes:

  • Eight brilliant soloists, featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu playing the work that won him the Van Cliburn Gold Medal, and returning violinist Mayuko Kamio, who stepped in to dazzle Symphony audiences last fall.
  • Monumental works like Symphonie Fantastique, Beethoven’s Eroica, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
  • 3 new guest conductors joining 4 of the Symphony’s favorites for a lively array of musical leadership.
  • Special features including a concerto for 15 timpani, another for bassoon, and the North American premiere of a concerto for bandoneon, the seductive voice of innumerable Argentine tangos.
  • Brahms and Beethoven (twice); Stravinsky and Strauss; Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Liszt – and more.
  • Plus three choirs with the orchestra in Carl Orff’s stunningly dramatic Carmina Burana.

Don’t miss Symphony Silicon Valley and guests, performing together in San Jose’s beautiful California Theatre

Symphonie Fantastique
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
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.

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


Kamio Plays Tchaikovsky
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


Beethoven, Strauss, Liszt
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
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


Nakamatsu Plays Rachmaninoff
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

Program Notes
About Karen Kamensek
About Jon Nakamatsu

Jon Nakamatsu


Beethoven's Eroica
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: Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Op.35

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

About George Cleve
About Deborah Kramer

George Cleve



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