Opening Night: Beethoven's 7th8:00 pm September 30, 2017
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 umultuous first half, the clouds vanish, the sun returns, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sweeps us up in an exhilarating dance.
This new oratorio is based on ancient Chinese mythology. The goddess Nüwa, who created humanity; saw the great struggle of the spirit of water and the spirit of fire plunge the world into darkness; and how Nüwa patched the sky and saved humanity.
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.
Enigma 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.
The enchanting holiday classic returns. Symphony Silicon Valley presents this magical production with full orchestra and outstanding dancers direct from Russia. Reserve your seats for the greater South Bay’s premiere professional production of The Nutcracker. Nine performances only!
Schumann's Cello Concerto with Lynn Harrell8:00 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.