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Nakamatsu, Beethoven, & Pines of Rome part of season: 2017-2018 Classics Season Friday 8:00 pm March 16, 2018
Saturday 8:00 pm March 17, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm March 18, 2018
Returning SSV favorite Jon Nakamatsu will play Beethoven under the direction of Argentine maestro Carlos Vieu, back from last season’s sparkling Misa Tango performances. The South American offering this time will be a colorful 1954 score by Inocente Carreño of Venezuela, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 96. Two landmarks of musical impressionism will serve as bookends: Debussy’s delicate, dreamy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and Respighi’s dazzling Pines of Rome.
This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, D, E, & F
Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (L. 86) (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert part of season: Movies in Concert 2017-2018 Saturday 2:30 pm April 7, 2018
Saturday 7:30 pm April 7, 2018
Sunday 1:30 pm April 8, 2018
Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ — in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of Symphony Silicon Valley performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.
Haydn’s great oratorio The Creation is a supreme masterpiece of optimism, celebrating universal harmony and rejoicing in a flawless world order with no conflicts or adversity of any kind. Recounting the six days of Creation, it opens with a "Representation of Chaos" and ends with Adam and Eve’s declaration of love for one another. One of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, it is a work none of us wants to be without for too long.
This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, & D
Tchaikovsky: A Celebration part of season: 2017-2018 Classics Season Saturday 8:00 pm June 2, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm June 3, 2018
The season concludes with an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring Stephen Prutsman as soloist. The three works will reveal three different facets of the Russian master’s fascinating personality: a rousing march, a brilliant concerto and a complex symphony which Tchaikovsky fights, and wins, his own fierce battle with Fate.
This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, E, & F
Stephen Prutsman, Piano
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March in B-flat minor, Op. 31
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Opening Night: Beethoven's 7th part of season: 2017-2018 Classics Season Saturday 8:00 pm September 30, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm October 1, 2017
Two dark operatic heroes open our season: a Dutchman under a terrible curse and an Englishman fighting terrible demons. The third character is the sea, as this thrilling 'salt water music' captures the ocean's power and ferocity. Following the tumultuous first half, the clouds vanish, the sun returns, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sweeps us up in an exhilarating dance.
Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Overture
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, from "Peter Grimes"
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Patch the Sky part of season: Special Events 2017-2018 Saturday 8:00 pm October 14, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm October 15, 2017
Join us for the premiere performance of this new oratorio. Based on ancient Chinese mythology, it tells the story of the goddess Nüwa, who created human beings; how the battle between the spirit of Water and the spirt of Fire plunged the world into darkness, and how Nüwa patched the sky and saved humanity.
Composer: An-lun Huang Librettist: Gue Ke
Weiguang Dang, Baritone
Liya Fang, Mezzo Soprano
Amanda Kingston, Soprano
Mason Gates, Tenor
A-Sharp Chorus, directed by Wenbo Deng
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, directed by Michael DiGiacinto
"Hometown" lyric: Gue Ke, music: Fu Tong Wong
from cantata Lyrics of the Oversea Chinese
"The Ode to King Yu" lyric: Gue Ke, music: Yuankai Bao
from oratorio King Yu
"Back to Hometown Suite" lyric: Gue Ke, music Lechang Chen
from oratorio Song of Big Wind
Brahms & Khachaturian part of season: 2017-2018 Classics Season Saturday 8:00 pm October 21, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm October 22, 2017
A Taiwanese-American conductor and a Japanese soloist play music by a Czech, an Armenian and a German composer—what could be more emblematic of the global world we live in? After her acclaimed performances of the Kabalevsky Concerto last year, Mayuko Kamio returns to present another popular work from the Soviet repertoire, preceded and followed by compositions by Dvořák and Brahms, who were good friends. Both masters excelled in the serious as well as the lighter styles, as our selections—three dances and a symphony—will show.
Mayuko Kamio, Violin
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Opus 46 No. 2 in E minor (Dumka), No. 7 in C minor (Skočná), No. 8 in G minor (Furiant)
Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Enigma Variations & Alma Deutscher part of season: 2017-2018 Classics Season Saturday 8:00 pm December 2, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm December 3, 2017
Variations on variations: the idea of taking a simple theme and presenting it in a multiplicity of ways, altering many aspects of the melody and the instrumentation, goes back a long way in the history of music. Our concert brings together three famous examples, by three composers from different countries and different generations, to show how composers and audiences everywhere have enjoyed such musical transformations.
We are especially proud to present Alma Deutscher, our astonishingly gifted special guest from England, in her American debut. The orchestra will play the Overture to her opera Cinderella, and she will join them as soloist in her own Violin Concerto.
Alma Deutscher, Violin
Alberto Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes op. 23
Alma Deutscher: Cinderella Overture
Alma Deutscher: Violin Concerto
Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma', Op.36
ENCORE: Johann Sebastian Bach: Gavotte en Rondeau, Partita N
A Family Holiday Tradition! Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, along with members of Symphony Silicon Valley, present the 13th Annual Carols in the California under the baton of Michael DiGiacinto. This exciting and festive program features John Rutter’s Gloria and other glorious seasonal music. Come enjoy a traditional sing-along of your favorite carols with choir and brass ensemble, all in the warm glow of the California Theatre.
And while downtown, enjoy Christmas in the Park, and Winter Wonderland rides just two blocks from the theater. San Jose comes alive with the Holiday Season, with activities and memories for the entire family!
The Nutcracker part of season: The Nutcracker 2017 Friday 7:00 pm December 15, 2017
Saturday 2:30 pm December 16, 2017
Saturday 7:00 pm December 16, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm December 17, 2017
Wednesday 7:00 pm December 20, 2017
Friday 7:00 pm December 22, 2017
Saturday 2:30 pm December 23, 2017
Saturday 7:00 pm December 23, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm December 24, 2017
The enchanting holiday classic returns. Symphony Silicon Valley presents this magical production with full orchestra and the outstanding Ballet Stars of Moscow direct from Russia. Reserve your seats for the Greater South Bay’s premiere production of The Nutcracker. Nine performances only!
Schumann's Cello Concerto part of season: 2017-2018 Classics Season Saturday 8:00 pm January 20, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm January 21, 2018
Schumann's Cello Concerto is one of the most beautiful concertos ever written for the instrument. The orchestra will set the stage with another work by Schumann, a musical portrait by one of the quintessential Romantic heroes, dreamed up by Lord Byron. Four SSV principals perform Haydn’s sparkling Sinfonia concertante (a quadruple concerto!). The concert ends with a trip to Hungary, for a colorful arrangement of a set of 19th-century tunes that gypsy bands used to play in the villages.