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.
Music of the Great Cathedrals7:30 pm May 27, 2016
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale returns to Mission Santa Clara for our glorious spring concert. Maestra Sharkova will lead the Chorale in a selection of great religious choral works.
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.
Lynn Harrell, Berlioz & Brahms8:00 pm October 1, 2016
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.
Grand Old Russia8:00 pm October 22, 2016
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.
Beethoven's Pastoral & Scheherazade8:00 pm December 3, 2016
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.
Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem8:00 pm March 17, 2017
8:00 pm March 18, 2017
2:30 pm March 19, 2017
Two great pianists team up to perform Mozart's concerto, a work filled with sparkling repartee as the two instruments vie with each other, then unite to suggest "some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ." They follow with Saint-Saëns' Carnival, also with double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. In the second half of our program the mood changes, as vocal solo...
Bach & Mahler8:00 pm May 6, 2017
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.