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2017-2018 Season Overview

Our 16th season brings you seven programs you won't want to miss!

  • Join us for a music-packed 16th season, opening with Beethoven's triumphant Seventh Symphony and concluding with an all-Tchaikovsky Celebration featuring both his Piano Concerto No. 1 and his Symphony No. 4.
  • Enjoy season highlights, including three concertos new to the Symphony repertory: Schumann's Cello Concerto (with Lynn Harrell), Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 (Jon Nakamatsu), and Khachaturian's fiery Violin Concerto (Mayuko Kamio).
  • Savor Respighi's richly colored Pines of Rome, Haydn's choral masterpiece The Creation, and his quadruple concerto Sinfonia Concertante; Brahms' Variation son a Theme by Joseph Haydn -- plus first-time Symphony Silicon Valley performances of works by Brahms, Britten, Schumann, Ginestera and more.
  • Don't miss returning favorites like Elgar's Enigma Variations, Brahms' Symphony No. 3, and dances by Dvorak and Kodaly.
  • Welcome Maestra Mei-Ann Chen as she makes her first appearance on the Symphony's poduim, along with Maestro Shimono from Japan, Maestro Vieu from Argentina, and Maestri Polivnik, Neale, and Nelson from the United States.

Don't miss Symphony Silicon Valley and guests, performing together in San Jose's beautiful California Theatre in our new Season.

Upcoming Performances

Nakamatsu, Beethoven, & Pines of Rome
Friday 8:00 pm March 16, 2018
Saturday 8:00 pm March 17, 2018
Sunday 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, dreamy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and Respighi’s dazzling Pines of Rome.

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

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
  • Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (L. 86) (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

  • Inocente José Carreño: Margariteña

  • Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome

About Carlos Vieu
About Jon Nakamatsu

Carlos Vieu


The Creation
Saturday 8:00 pm May 5, 2018
Sunday 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.

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

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • Joseph Haydn: The Creation

About John Nelson
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

John Nelson


Tchaikovsky: A Celebration
Saturday 8:00 pm June 2, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm June 3, 2018

The season concludes with an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring Stephen Prutsman as soloist. The three works will reveal three different facets of the Russian master’s fascinating personality: a rousing march, a brilliant concerto and a complex symphony which Tchaikovsky fights, and wins, his own fierce battle with Fate.

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

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Soloist(s): Stephen Prutsman, Piano
Featured Artist(s): Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March in B-flat minor, Op. 31

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4, Op.36

About Tatsuya Shimono
About Stephen Prutsman

Tatsuya Shimono


Past Performances from This Season

Opening Night: Beethoven's 7th
Saturday 8:00 pm September 30, 2017
Sunday 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 tumultuous first half, the clouds vanish, the sun returns, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sweeps  us up in an exhilarating dance.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
  • Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Overture

  • Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, from "Peter Grimes"

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick

Paul Polivnick


Brahms & Khachaturian
Saturday 8:00 pm October 21, 2017
Sunday 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.

Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Soloist(s): Mayuko Kamio, Violin
  • Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Opus 46 No. 2 in E minor (Dumka), No. 7 in C minor (Skočná), No. 8 in G minor (Furiant)

  • Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Program Notes
About Mei-Ann Chen
About Mayuko Kamio

Mei-Ann Chen


Enigma Variations & Alma Deutscher
Saturday 8:00 pm December 2, 2017
Sunday 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.

We are especially proud to present Alma Deutscher, our astonishingly gifted special guest from England, in her American debut. The orchestra will play the Overture to her opera Cinderella, and she will join them as soloist in her own Violin Concerto.

Conductor: Alasdair Neale
Soloist(s): Alma Deutscher, Violin
  • Alberto Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes op. 23

  • Alma Deutscher: Cinderella Overture

  • Alma Deutscher: Violin Concerto

  • Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma', Op.36

  • ENCORE: Johann Sebastian Bach: Gavotte en Rondeau, Partita N

Program Notes
About Alasdair Neale
About Alma Deutscher

Alasdair Neale


Schumann's Cello Concerto
Saturday 8:00 pm January 20, 2018
Sunday 2:30 pm January 21, 2018

Schumann's Cello Concerto is one of the most beautiful concertos ever written for the 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. Four SSV principals perform 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.

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

Conductor: John Nelson
Soloist(s): Christine Lamprea, Cello
Robin Mayforth, Violin
Pamela Hakl, Oboe
Deborah Kramer, Bassoon
  • Robert Schumann: Manfred Overture, Op. 115

  • Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major (Hob. I/105)

  • Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

  • Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta (Galántai táncok)

Program Notes
About John Nelson
About Christine Lamprea
About Robin Mayforth
About Pamela Hakl
About Deborah Kramer

John Nelson



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