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2016-2017 Season Overview

Our 15th season brings you seven programs you won't want to miss!

  • Variety is the spice of a symphony season. The Symphony will perform works hailing from Argentina to Russia; from 18th century Europe to America today; from ballet in Lincoln Center to tango in Buenos Aires. This is the world's music, brought home to us in the California Theatre.
  • Our roster of outstanding soloists is headed by world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell, who will open the season. For our large three-performance spring concert, we have two double piano concerti with the fantastic duo, Alessio Bax and Orion Weiss. They will play Mozart, followed by Saint-Saens' delightful Carnival of the Animals (and with two pianists, the entire audience has a keyboard in full view).
  • Other soloists include pianist Nikolai Demidenko, Symphony concertmaster Robin Mayforth, and violinist Mayuko Kamio performing a pair of concerti, one Russian, one American. And we welcome everyone's favorite bandoneon artist, Juan Pablo Jofre.
  • Enjoy the full year performed for you by the musicians of Symphony Silicon Valley. The season is a rich mix of old and new: from Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach, to Brahms, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff, and on to a young American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, an evening of seductive symphonic tango, Leonard Bernstein's irresistable Fancy Free — and much more!

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

Lynn Harrell, Berlioz & Brahms
Saturday 8:00 pm October 1, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm October 2, 2016

Symphony Silicon Valley is honored to present cellist Lynn Harrell, one of the legendary musicians of our time, performing under the baton of Maestro Nelson. Harrell approaches Shostakovich's masterpiece, one of his signature works, "with full-throated expressivity... like a more muscular and overtly emotional Yo-Yo Ma." Our season opens with Berlioz's delightfully boisterous tribute to a brazen buccaneer; and the program ends with Brahms’s magnificent fourth and final symphony.


Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Lynn Harrell, Cello
  • Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire overture, H 101

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Lynn Harrell

Soloist Lynn Harrell


Grand Old Russia
Saturday 8:00 pm October 22, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm October 23, 2016

The second program reunites two former classmates, both prodigious pianist-composers from pre-Revolution Moscow: Rachmaninoff, flamboyant and tormented neo-Romantic, and Scriabin, mystic and visionary. Returning Chopin master Demidenko will perform and early work by the composer often called the Russian Chopin. Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony follows - nostalgic, gloriously melodic, known for one of the most heartbreakingly memorable themes in the Romantic repertory.

Conductor: Edvard Tchivzhel, (pronounced CHIV-GEL)
Soloist(s): Nikolai Demidenko, Piano
  • Aleksandr Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Program Notes
About Edvard Tchivzhel
About Nikolai Demidenko

Edvard Tchivzhel


Beethoven's Pastorale & Scheherazade
Saturday 8:00 pm December 3, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm December 4, 2016

From Beethoven's symphonic "Recollection of Country Life", with it's evocation of brooks, birdsong, and thunderstorms, to Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic fairytale Orient, program music traveled a long way. Yet each of these beloved concert favorites - one from the opening of the 19th century, the other from near its end - brilliantly integrates vivid images and musicality, fantasy and form.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Robin Mayforth, Violin
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastorale"

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Robin Mayforth

John Nelson


Something New & Fancy Free
Saturday 8:00 pm January 21, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm January 22, 2017

Welcome the winners! We greet the New Year with two of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Put's widely acclaimed orchestral works. Violin virtuoso Mayuko Kamio, winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition, then forges a new Russian-American alliance, playing both Kabalevsky's lively and lyrical concerto and Foss's tribute to musical Americana, ending in a Western hoedown. We conclude with one of Bernstein's most sparkling scores: the concert suite from his 1944 ballet Fancy Free.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Mayuko Kamio, Violin
  • Kevin Puts: Millennium Canons

  • Kevin Puts: ...this noble company

  • Dmitry Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto in C Major, Opus 48

  • Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces

  • Leonard Bernstein: Suite from Fancy Free

  • ENCORE: Leonard Bernstein: Overture from Candide

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Mayuko Kamio

Paul Polivnick


Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem
Friday 8:00 pm March 17, 2017
Saturday 8:00 pm March 18, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm March 19, 2017

Pianists Orion Weiss and Alessio Bax, outstanding members of a new generation of international musical artists, will team up to perform the concerto for two pianos that Mozart originally wrote for his older sister and himself. The instruments vie with each other, 'collaborating, interrupting, arguing,' then unite to suggest 'some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ.'

Weiss and Bax follow Mozart with Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, also for double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. Saint-Saëns - a 'mischievous Parisian imp' - originally concocted Carnival for a party. Its musical sketches, supposedly of various animals, in fact poked sly fun at composers and performers of the day.

In the same spirit, 60 years later Ogden Nash wrote a set of comic verses about Saint-Saëns' 'animals' (including fossils and - ahem - pianists). Noel Coward was the first to record this marriage of delightful music and charming nonsense.

So how could we resist? The Carnival of the Animals will be accompanied by Nash's verses. For this star turn, legendary Bay Area actor Julian Lopez-Morillas joins us to admonish: "Be quiet, please, for here begins / our salute to feathers, fur and fins."

The mood then changes radically, as Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and guest vocal soloists join the orchestra in Mozart's sublime Requiem, generally considered the greatest work by the greatest of composers.

Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Soloist(s): Alessio Bax, Piano
Orion Weiss, Piano
Julian Lopez-Morillas, Narrator, Carnival of the Animals
Sylvia Sang Eun Lee, Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo-Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Vale Rideout, Tenor, Mozart Requiem
Joo Won Kang, Baritone, Mozart Requiem
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for two pianos in E-flat major, K. 365/316a

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor (K. 626)

Program Notes
About Constantine Kitsopoulos
About Alessio Bax
About Orion Weiss
About Julian Lopez-Morillas
About Sylvia Sang Eun Lee
About Stacey Rishoi
About Vale Rideout
About Joo Won Kang
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Constantine Kitsopoulos


Bach & Mahler
Saturday 8:00 pm May 6, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm May 7, 2017

Mahler's Fifth is an epic journey that begins with a funeral march, endures turmoil, dances with abandon, confesses deep love, and ends finally in glory. It is a great testament to adversity surmounted, expressed in luxuriant orchestral colors and unforgettable melodies. The stage is set with an orchestral version of Bach's Chaconne (originally for solo violin), in which a brief musical idea undergoes a series of transformations to become a statement of monumental proportion.

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
  • J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne. Arrangement for orchestra by Hideo Saito

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5

About Tatsuya Shimono

Tatsuya Shimono


Misa Tango
Saturday 8:00 pm June 3, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm June 4, 2017

The world knows Astor Piazzolla as the great innovator of Argentine tango, who transformed the original dance style into new, large-scale compositions. Many other musicians have also cultivated Tango Nuevo. In addition to Piazzolla, we will perform works by two of the best: Horacio Salgan, who will turn 101 shortly after our concerts, and Luis Bacalov, widely recognized for the film Il Postino's Oscar-winning score. Bacalov's Tango Mass will bring our 2016-17 season to a dazzling close.

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Juan Pablo Jofre, Bandoneon
Kimberly Sogioka, Mezzo-Soprano
Joo Won Kang, Baritone
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Nino Rota: Suite from the Ballet La Strada

  • Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla: Symphonic Tango Suite

  • Luis Bacalov: Misa Tango

  • ENCORE: Astor Piazzolla, arr. Juan Pablo Jofre: Libertango

Program Notes
About Carlos Vieu
About Juan Pablo Jofre
About Kimberly Sogioka
About Joo Won Kang
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Carlos Vieu



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