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2015-2016 Season Overview

We are proud to announce Symphony Silicon Valley's 2014-2015 season. Subscriptions feature a choice of 4 or 7 concerts with exciting music and remarkable performers!

Symphony Silicon Valley's 14th season includes:

  • More than half the works will be first-time performances for Symphony Silicon Valley.
  • All our conductors and soloists are returning artists, each one invited for a program especially suited to their unique skills and artistry.
  • Iconic works: Dvorak's New World Symphony, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Frank's Symphony in D, Schubert's 5th and Schumann's 2nd symphonies.
  • Masterworks: Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Stravinsky's ballet score for The Firebird.
  • Favorite conductors, from Paul Polivnick, a favorite since the Symphony's first season, to John Nelson, who made a stellar debut last season!
  • And stars! Mark Kosower, who first appeared in 2007, is now Principal Cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Pianist Natasha Paremski now plays world-wide after appearing as a young prodigy in our 2nd and 3rd seasons. Violinist Ju-Young Baek, whose playing has been called "pure spun gold" joins us for the fifth time.
  • The Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale will present Fauré's widely loved Pavane and Requiem with the orchestra!
  • And finally, we have superstar Jon Nakamatsu closing out the season with the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2.

Don't miss Symphony Silicon Valley and guests, performing together in San Jose's beautiful California Theatre in our new Season.

Beethoven & Schumann
Saturday 8:00 pm October 3, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm October 4, 2015

Our 14th season begins with two rock solid anchors of classical music. Beethoven and Schumann bridge the end of the classical and the beginning of the Romantic era of classical music composition. Beethoven was pivotal in this transition and special guest Nikolai Demidenko will perform his Emperor Piano Concerto. Schumann’s upbeat 2nd Symphony then ushers in the full Romantic era.

In memoriam...
Maestro George Wolfgang Cleve

1936 - 2015

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Conductor: David Amado
Soloist(s): Nikolai Demidenko, Piano
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor"

  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Program Notes
About David Amado
About Nikolai Demidenko

David Amado


Bernstein & Firebird
Saturday 8:00 pm October 24, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm October 25, 2015

Two iconic American works will be followed by an early masterpiece by a composer who became a naturalized American late in life.  The program is exceptionally rich in evoking stories and ideas from the world of Russian folktales to the classic Romeo and Juliet story set in modern New York City to the many films and public occasions that have featured Barber’s Adagio for Strings.  (The composer himself set this haunting work to the words of the Agnus Dei a few years before his death.)

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
  • Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

  • Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

  • Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (full ballet score)

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick

Paul Polivnick


Saturday 8:00 pm December 5, 2015
Sunday 2:30 pm December 6, 2015

We celebrate one of the giants of composition with two of his masterpieces written in the United States. There have been endless debates about the extent to which this music is "Czech" or "American," but one thing is for sure: Dvořák knew how to make the classical forms of symphony and concerto sound intensely personal and universal at the same time.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Mark Kosower, Cello
  • Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," Op. 95, B. 178

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Mark Kosower

John Nelson


Schubert, Bruch, & Hindemith
Saturday 8:00 pm January 23, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm January 24, 2016

German composer Paul Hindemith, who spent more than a decade in the United States, wrote one of the most colorful orchestral works of the 20th century, based on themes by his Romantic predecessor, Carl Maria von Weber.  This program will place Hindemith next to two other Romantic predecessors, Schubert and Bruch, masters of melody and emotional expression.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Ju-Young Baek, Violin
  • Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485

  • Max Bruch: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26

  • Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Program Notes
About Tatsuya Shimono
About Ju-Young Baek

Tatsuya Shimono


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)

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

Paul Polivnick


Prokofiev & Sinfonietta
Saturday 8:00 pm May 7, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm May 8, 2016

This program offers lively rhythms, powerful orchestrations and high energy all around, by two Czechs and a Russian who had found highly original ways of bringing old traditions to new life. The vivid neo-Baroque language of Martinů will be complemented by the dazzling virtuosity of Prokofiev. And the blazing brass sounds of Janáček’s Sinfonietta are sure to bring the house down.

Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Soloist(s): Natasha Paremski, Piano
  • Bohuslav Martinů: Overture for orchestra, H. 345

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

  • Sergei Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges (suite), Op.33bis

  • Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta

Program Notes
About Gregory Vajda
About Natasha Paremski

Gregory Vajda


Three-Cornered Hat
Saturday 8:00 pm June 4, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm June 5, 2016

The season ends with three popular works, all performed for the first time by Symphony Silicon Valley. Infectious Spanish rhythms by de Falla, emotional depth, wit and brilliance in the Saint-Saëns, and true grandeur in the Franck—this program has it all, including a performance by local legend Jon Nakamatsu.

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Manuel de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 1 & 2

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

  • César Franck: Symphony in D minor

  • Encore: Alberto Ginastera: Malambo from the ballet Estancia, Op. 8a, 1943

Program Notes
About Carlos Vieu
About Jon Nakamatsu

Carlos Vieu



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