Opening Night: Beethoven's Seventh8:00 pm September 30, 2017
2:30 pm October 1, 2017
The first half of the concert presents two dark operatic heroes at sea: a Dutchman under a terrible curse and an Englishman fighting terrible demons. In both cases, the stormy sea is where their respective dramas unfold. After so much turmoil, Beethoven’s Seventh will come as the happy ending we all crave: here the clouds are dispelled and we are invited to a joyful celebration (in the words of the composer of The Flying Dutchman, the "apotheosis of the dance").
Brahms & Khachaturian8:00 pm October 21, 2017
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.
Variation on Variations8:00 pm December 2, 2017
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.
Carols in the California7:00 pm December 9, 2017
A Family Holiday Tradition! Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale present the 12th Annual "Carols in the California", an exciting and festive program of holiday cheer. This festive holiday concert will feature Rutter’s Gloria, Gabrieli’s Hodie Christus Natus est, Praetorius’s In Dulci Jubilo. Come for a traditional sing-along of your favorite carols with choir and full orchestra, all in the warm glow of the beautiful California Theatre. And while downtown, enjoy Christmas in the Park, and Winter Wonderland rides just two blocks f...
Lynn Harrell Returns8:00 pm January 20, 2018
2:30 pm January 21, 2018
Lynn Harrell is returning to SSV to play one of the most beautiful concertos ever written for his 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. Mr. Harrell will be joined by colleagues in 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.
Nakamatsu, Beethoven, & Pines of Rome8:00 pm March 16, 2018
8:00 pm March 17, 2018
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...
The Creation8:00 pm May 5, 2018
2:30 pm May 6, 2018
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.