2007 - 2008 Season
2007 - 2008 Season

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An American Anthem
Saturday 8:00 pm September 29, 2007
Sunday 2:30 pm September 30, 2007
The season opens with a world premiere: David Amram's symphonic version of Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, commissioned by the Guthrie Foundation.  The program includes Beethoven's heartfelt Pastorale Symphony and the soaring brass of Janácek's Sinfonietta, led by Maestro Polivnick in his sixth appearance on SSV's podium.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major Pastorale
  • David Amram: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie
  • Leos Janácek: Sinfonietta 
Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick

Paul Polivnick


Cleve Conducts
Thursday 7:30 pm October 25, 2007
Saturday 8:00 pm October 27, 2007
Sunday 2:30 pm October 28, 2007
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In the 2005-2006 season, George Cleve led SSV's sold-out Mozart Festival.  Equally revered as an interpreter of Brahms, in 2007 he brings us Brahms's great Third Symphony together with Schumann's lyrical Piano Concerto, performed with world-renowned pianist Seymour Lipkin--'a player of immaculate virtuosity.' 

Conductor: George Cleve
Soloist(s): Seymour Lipkin, piano
  • Claude Debussy: Prélude ŕ l'aprčs-midi d'un faune
  • Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major
Program Notes
About George Cleve
About Seymour Lipkin

George Cleve


Pictures at an Exhibition
Saturday 8:00 pm December 8, 2007
Sunday 2:30 pm December 9, 2007
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Following his triumph with SSV earlier this season, cellist Gary Hoffman returns to perform two French treasures.  The orchestra is led by a conductor new to Symphony Silicon Valley, Puerto Rico native Guillermo Figueroa, in Sierra's playful Fandango, filled with Latin rhythms and sonorities, and the luxuriantly colorful Pictures At An Exhibition

Conductor: Guillermo Figueroa
Soloist(s): Gary Hoffman, cello
  • Roberto Sierra: Fandango
  • Gabriel Fauré: Elegy
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
  • Modest Mussorsgky: Pictures At An Exhibition (Ravel orch.)
Program Notes
About Guillermo Figueroa
About Gary Hoffman

Guillermo Figueroa


Violins & Enigmas
Thursday 7:30 pm January 17, 2008
Saturday 8:00 pm January 19, 2008
Sunday 2:30 pm January 20, 2008
Among the most versatile and venerated orchestra musicians of our time, the longtime concertmaster of the Boston Symphony takes up his violin to perform two works with SSV, including one of Mozart's most brilliant violin concertos and Vaughan Williams' idyllic tone poem. The concert closes with the piece that made Elgar's reputation and became one of the 20th century's best-loved works.

Conductor: Joseph Silverstein
Soloist(s): Joseph Silverstein, violin
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Lark Ascending 
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5  A major Turkish
  • Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (Variations on an Original Theme)
Program Notes
About Joseph Silverstein

Joseph Silverstein


Simple Gifts
Saturday 8:00 pm March 15, 2008
Sunday 2:30 pm March 16, 2008
A young conductor presents us a basket of treats.  Sara Jobin, the first woman to conduct San Francisco Opera, leads Copland's glowing Americana suite, ending with the Quaker hymn, "Simple Gifts."  Two of Strauss' most light-hearted works follow: the witty tale of Till Eulenspiegel, and the waltz-filled Rosenkavalier Suite. SSV principal Tony Clements will shine in Vaughan Williams' virtuosic Tuba Concerto.

Conductor: Sara Jobin
Soloist(s): Tony Clements, tuba
  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto in F minor
  • Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche  
  • Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Program Notes
About Sara Jobin
About Tony Clements

Sara Jobin


Beethoven’s 9th
Thursday 7:30 pm March 27, 2008
Saturday 8:00 pm March 29, 2008
Sunday 2:30 pm March 30, 2008



Best tickets available for this performance.

The hundred-voice Chorale performs with the orchestra in two larger-than-life works. Brahms's meditation on human and divine fate opens, leading into Beethoven's magnificent final symphony with its triumphant choral 'Ode to Joy.'  Brazilian born conductor Fabio Mechetti debuts with us in this moving program.

Conductor: Fabio Mechetti
Soloist(s): Barbara Quintiliani, soprano
Gigi Mitchell Velasco, mezzo
Noel Espíritu Velasco, tenor
Scott Bearden, baritone
Featured Artist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale (Elena Sharkova – director)
  • Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor Choral
Program Notes
About Fabio Mechetti
About Barbara Quintiliani, soprano
About Gigi Mitchell Velasco, mezzo
About Noel Espíritu Velasco, tenor
About Scott Bearden, baritone

Fabio Mechetti


Gershwin 1920’s Radio Hour
Thursday 7:30 pm May 8, 2008
Saturday 8:00 pm May 10, 2008
Sunday 2:30 pm May 11, 2008



Best tickets available for this performance.

 Be our guest for the live broadcast of a 1920's radio show, complete with KDFC announcer Hoyt Smith and commercials of the era, and featuring Gershwin's two jazz- and blues-infused piano concertos in big band orchestrations. International concert pianist Gwendolyn Mok performs, along with a jazz vocalist in added Gershwin favorites. Great music and great fun.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Gwendolyn Mok, piano
Sarah Uriarte Berry, vocalist
Featured Artist(s): Radio Announcer Hoyt Smith - KDFC
  • George Gershwin: Selected Gershwin Songs
  • George Gershwin: Concerto in F
  • George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue (Paul Whiteman orchestration)
  • plus additional Gershwin standards
Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Gwendolyn Mok
About Sarah Uriarte Berry

Paul Polivnick


'All-Night Vigil'
Saturday 7:30 pm May 17, 2008
Sunday 2:30 pm May 18, 2008
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, led by Elena Sharkova, will present Sergei Rachmaninoff's a capella masterpiece 'All-Night Vigil, 'also known as Vespers, in the original Russian. 

This is a very special work by the great Russian master that is a real test of a choir's strength.  Fresh from their success singing with the Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the Chorale caps its season with these performances.  Don't miss this rare presentation of the full Vespers.

Conductor: Elena Sharkova
  • Holy Cross Church, Santa Cruz on May 17th
  • Santa Clara Mission on May 18th
About Elena Sharkova

Elena Sharkova


Beyond the Score® Classical Music Exposed - The Rite of Spring
Saturday 8:00 pm June 7, 2008
Sunday 2:30 pm June 8, 2008
Beyond the Score® is ideal not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers who want  the excitement of a fresh, multi-media concert format. The first half of the concert uses an actor and narrator, rich visual images, and musical illustrations by the orchestra, all to explore the creative context of Stravinsky's revolutionary The Rite of Spring.  After intermission, the orchestra performs the full work for listeners who can now bring a fresh and lively understanding to this musical experience. Beyond the Score® adds depth and theatricality to the concert experience, but keeps the music intact.

Conductor: Martin West
  • Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
About Martin West

Martin West



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