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Misa Tango
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm June 3, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm June 4, 2017

The world knows Astor Piazzolla as the great innovator of Argentine tango, who transformed the original dance style into new, large-scale compositions. Many other musicians have also cultivated Tango Nuevo. In addition to Piazzolla, we will perform works by two of the best: Horacio Salgan, who will turn 101 shortly after our concerts, and Luis Bacalov, widely recognized for the film Il Postino's Oscar-winning score. Bacalov's Tango Mass will bring our 2016-17 season to a dazzling close.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, E, & F

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Juan Pablo Jofre, Bandoneon
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Nino Rota: Suite from the Ballet La Strada

  • Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla: Symphonic Tango Suite

  • Luis Bacalov: Misa Tango

About Carlos Vieu
About Juan Pablo Jofre
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

Carlos Vieu


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
part of season: Movies in Concert 2017-2018
Friday 7:00 pm October 27, 2017
Saturday 2:30 pm October 28, 2017
Saturday 7:30 pm October 28, 2017

CineConcerts is inviting fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ - In Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score.

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.
Directions | Seat Map

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING'S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale



Past Performances from This Season

Fourth of July Symphony Summer Pops
part of season: Symphony Summer Pops 2016
Monday 5:15 pm July 4, 2016

Free, world-class fireworks return to downtown San Jose to light up the Fourth. Symphony Silicon Valley and the Rotary Club of San Jose invite you, your family and friends to come celebrate the holiday together, with 5 hours of spectacular and varied music-making and a breathtaking fireworks display.  Featured guests Mariachi Azteca, Broadway star Lisa Vroman, Dirty Cello (blues to bluegrass to rock), and San Jose Taiko, plus Maestro Peter Jaffe and the Symphony orchestra performing patriotic and pops favorites, equal music for you--music for all!  A family-friendly event with special activities for children, all in San Jose's Discovery Meadow. 

Music 5:15 - 10:15 pm
Fireworks begin after dark

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Conductor: Peter Jaffe
Soloist(s): Lisa Vroman, Soprano
About Peter Jaffe
About Lisa Vroman

Peter Jaffe


Lynn Harrell, Berlioz & Brahms
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm October 1, 2016
Sunday 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.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Lynn Harrell, Cello
  • Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire overture, H 101

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Lynn Harrell

Soloist Lynn Harrell


Grand Old Russia
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm October 22, 2016
Sunday 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.

Conductor: Edvard Tchivzhel, (pronounced CHIV-GEL)
Soloist(s): Nikolai Demidenko, Piano
  • Aleksandr Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Program Notes
About Edvard Tchivzhel
About Nikolai Demidenko

Edvard Tchivzhel


Beethoven's Pastorale & Scheherazade
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm December 3, 2016
Sunday 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.

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Robin Mayforth, Violin
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastorale"

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Robin Mayforth

John Nelson


Carols in the California
part of season: Chorale Season 2016-2017
Saturday 7:00 pm December 10, 2016

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. Come for a traditional sing-along of your favorite carols including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and The Twelve Days of Silicon Valley Christmas.

Prepare to be dazzled by a performance of Rossini's “Kyrie and Gloria” from Petite Messe Sollennelle, and entertained by The Many Moods of Christmas 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 from the theater.

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Conductor: Elena Sharkova
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Sandra Rubalcava-Bengochea, Soprano
Christopher Bengochea, Baritone
  • Adeste Fidelis (sing-along) J.F. Wade, arr. David Willcocks
    Caroling, Caroling Alfred Burt
    We'll Dress the House

  • O be joyful in the Lord John Rutter

    Carol of the Magi John Rutter

  • Petite messe solennelle Gioachino Rossini

    Domine Deus (Tenor Solo)
    O Salutaris Hostia (Soprano Solo)
    Cum Sancto Sprilitu

  • All Night Vigil, No. 6 Sergei Rachmaninoff

    A New Year Carol Benjamin Britten

    Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day John Rutter

  • The First Noel (sing-along) English Carol, arr. David Willcocks

  • The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 2 Robert Shaw/Robert Russell Bennett
    O sanctissima
    Joy to the World
    Away in a Manger
    Fum Fum Fum
    March of the Kings

  • The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Soprano Solo) Mack Wilberg

    12 Days of Silicon Valley arr. Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

    Jingle Bells arr. Mack Wil

About Elena Sharkova
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Sandra Rubalcava-Bengochea
About Christopher Bengochea

Elena Sharkova


Something New & Fancy Free
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm January 21, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm January 22, 2017

Welcome the winners! We greet the New Year with two of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Put's widely acclaimed orchestral works. Violin virtuoso Mayuko Kamio, winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition, then forges a new Russian-American alliance, playing both Kabalevsky's lively and lyrical concerto and Foss's tribute to musical Americana, ending in a Western hoedown. We conclude with one of Bernstein's most sparkling scores: the concert suite from his 1944 ballet Fancy Free.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Mayuko Kamio, Violin
  • Kevin Puts: Millennium Canons

  • Kevin Puts: ...this noble company

  • Dmitry Kabalevsky: Violin Concerto in C Major, Opus 48

  • Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces

  • Leonard Bernstein: Suite from Fancy Free

  • ENCORE: Leonard Bernstein: Overture from Candide

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Mayuko Kamio

Paul Polivnick


Chinese New Year Concert Music from Shanghai
part of season: Special Events 2016-2017
Friday 7:00 pm February 3, 2017
Sunday 7:30 pm February 5, 2017

中國新春音樂會   來自上海的旋律

Symphony Silicon Valley, in collaboration with Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival and the Pacific Arts and Culture Exchange, presents a program to celebrate the Chinese New Year - The Year of Rooster.

Chinese New Year is the most celebrated cultural festival across China and the sprit of the festival has spread all over America and throughout the world. This performance by Symphony Silicon Valley, conducted by Jindong Cai, is part the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival, and will be the highlight of many festivities in the Chinese community around the Bay Area. With world-renowned soloists from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, this concert promises to be the best Chinese New Year Concert in the Bay Area!

Shanghai is the cradle of Western classical music in China. Our musical journey will take you from the first orchestral work ever written by a Chinese composer, to the most famous violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers,” to a Peking opera created during the Cultural Revolution, and to new compositions by 21st century Chinese composers.

Click here for information about the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival and the Pacific Arts and Culture Exchange.


Friday, February 3, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
call 650-724-BING (2464) or visit

Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 7:00 pm
Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Cupertino
call 510-796-9988 or visit

Conductor: Jindong Cai
About Jindong Cai



Carnival of the Animals & Mozart Requiem
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Friday 8:00 pm March 17, 2017
Saturday 8:00 pm March 18, 2017
Sunday 2:30 pm March 19, 2017

Pianists Orion Weiss and Alessio Bax, outstanding members of a new generation of international musical artists, will team up to perform the concerto for two pianos that Mozart originally wrote for his older sister and himself. The instruments vie with each other, 'collaborating, interrupting, arguing,' then unite to suggest 'some transfigured, heavenly barrel-organ.'

Weiss and Bax follow Mozart with Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, also for double piano and surely one of the most entertaining classical works ever written. Saint-Saëns - a 'mischievous Parisian imp' - originally concocted Carnival for a party. Its musical sketches, supposedly of various animals, in fact poked sly fun at composers and performers of the day.

In the same spirit, 60 years later Ogden Nash wrote a set of comic verses about Saint-Saëns' 'animals' (including fossils and - ahem - pianists). Noel Coward was the first to record this marriage of delightful music and charming nonsense.

So how could we resist? The Carnival of the Animals will be accompanied by Nash's verses. For this star turn, legendary Bay Area actor Julian Lopez-Morillas joins us to admonish: "Be quiet, please, for here begins / our salute to feathers, fur and fins."

The mood then changes radically, as Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale and guest vocal soloists join the orchestra in Mozart's sublime Requiem, generally considered the greatest work by the greatest of composers.

Conductor: Constantine Kitsopoulos
Soloist(s): Alessio Bax, Piano
Orion Weiss, Piano
Julian Lopez-Morillas, Narrator, Carnival of the Animals
Sylvia Sang Eun Lee, Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Stacey Rishoi, Mezzo-Soprano, Mozart Requiem
Vale Rideout, Tenor, Mozart Requiem
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for two pianos in E-flat major, K. 365/316a

  • Camille Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor (K. 626)

Program Notes
About Constantine Kitsopoulos
About Alessio Bax
About Orion Weiss
About Julian Lopez-Morillas
About Sylvia Sang Eun Lee
About Stacey Rishoi
About Vale Rideout

Constantine Kitsopoulos


Bach & Mahler
part of season: 2016-2017 Classics Season
Saturday 8:00 pm May 6, 2017
Sunday 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.

This concert is part of Subscription Series A, B, C, & D

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
  • J.S. Bach: Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne. Arrangement for orchestra by Hideo Saito

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5

About Tatsuya Shimono

Tatsuya Shimono



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