2005 - 2006 Season
2005 - 2006 Season

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Midwinter Symphonies
Saturday 8:00 pm March 1, 2003

Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
  • Tanaka: Guardian Angel
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
About Yasuo Shinozaki

Yasuo Shinozaki


A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Waterfront About Beethoven
Saturday 8:00 pm October 1, 2005
Sunday 2:30 pm October 2, 2005
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Mendelssohn's Shakespearean fantasy is followed by Bernstein's exciting and edgy score drawn from the Oscar-winning film about life on the New York docks.  Beethoven's Fifth, with its memorable four-note opening motif, launches a 2005-06 season of great music-making.

Conductor: Patrick Flynn
  • Felix MendelssohnA Midsummer Night's Dream Selections
  • Leonard BernsteinOn The Waterfront Suite
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Program Notes
About Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn


American Originals
Saturday 8:00 pm October 29, 2005
Sunday 2:30 pm October 30, 2005
Three American masters explore the fusion of jazz and symphonic music.  Brilliant modern multi-culturalist composer David Amram combines wind, brass, and jazz quintets with orchestra.  Jazz trombonist Dennis Wilson leads Duke Ellington's 1948 work incorporating work songs, blues and even big band.  Gershwin's 1929 classic caps the concert with wit and charm.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Dennis Wilson, conducts Duke Ellington
  • David Amram:  Triple Concerto
  • Duke EllingtonBlack, Brown & Beige
  • George GershwinAn American in Paris
Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Dennis Wilson

Paul Polivnick


Mozart Festival
Saturday 8:00 pm December 10, 2005
Sunday 2:30 pm December 11, 2005
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Maestro Cleve, internationally known Mozart interpreter, opens Symphony Silicon Valley's Festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth with the great "Prague" Symphony, flanked by a joyful work for winds and an homage to Mozart from Tchaikovsky, Russia's master of melody.

Conductor: George Cleve, Sponsored by Greater Bay Bancorp
  • W. A. Mozart:  Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky:  Suite No. 4 in G major Mozartiana
  • W. A. Mozart:  Symphony No. 38 in D major Prague
Program Notes
About George Cleve

George Cleve


Carols in the California (Non-Subscription Concert)
Sunday 7:00 PM December 11, 2005
Symphony Silicon Valley Brass moves its annual holiday concert to San Jose's sumptuous new theatre. Featuring the Symphony's Chorale, they continue a festive and friendly holiday tradition. From carols to classics, enjoy the music of the season with your family.

Conductor: Elena Sharkova
  • Symphony Silicon Valley Brass
  • Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
  • The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ
About Elena Sharkova



Symphony Silicon Valley Chamber Music (Non-Subscription Concert)
Tuesday 7:00 PM January 17, 2006
In this intimate concert setting, you will discover the virtuosity of the Symphony's stellar artists. This is an opportunity to hear great music written for small ensembles in the lavish and accounstically outstanding California Theatre.

  • Symphony Silicon Valley Musicians in featured Chamber & Solo Roles, with special guest Stephen Prutsman, piano
  • Stravinsky:  Octet for Wind Instruments
  • Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegels
  • Bax:  Oboe Quintet
  • Dvorak:  Piano Quintet featuring Stephen Prutsman, piano
Program Notes



Mozart & Brahms
Saturday 8:00 pm January 21, 2006
Sunday 2:30 pm January 22, 2006
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Prutsman, called 'one of the finest American pianists of his generation," will debut with Symphony Silicon Valley playing Mozart's lyrical piano concerto.  The focus then shifts to Brahms' exultant First Symphony, reminiscent of Beethoven and yet brilliantly original.

Conductor: George Cleve, Sponsored by Greater Bay Bancorp
Soloist(s): Stephen Prutsman, piano
  • W. A. Mozart:  Adagio and Fugue in C minor
  • W. A. Mozart:  Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, featuring Stephen Prutsman
  • Johannes Brahms:  Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Program Notes
About George Cleve
About Stephen Prutsman

George Cleve


Mozart Requiem
Saturday 8:00 pm March 18, 2006
Sunday 2:30 pm March 19, 2006
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A grand musical collaboration: excerpts from two Mozart operas followed by one of the most beloved and moving of all choral works: Mozart's Requiem.  The orchestra, the theater's grand organ, the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, and soloists from Opera San Jose, fill the California Theatre for an unforgettable event.

Conductor: George Cleve, Sponsored by Greater Bay Bancorp
Elena Sharkova, Chorale Conductor
Soloist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Opera San Jose
  • W. A. Mozart:  Overture and Scenes from Don Giovanni, featuring soloists from Opera San Josť
  • W. A. Mozart:  Scene and March from Magic Flute, featuring soloists from Opera San Josť
  • W. A. MozartRequiem, featuring the California Theatre's pipe organ and debuting the Symphony's Chorale
Program Notes
About George Cleve
About Elena Sharkova
About Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
About Opera San Jose

George Cleve


Video Games Live (Non-Subscription Event)
Friday 8:00 pm March 24, 2006
A ground-breaking live event celebrating the music of video games.  Experience Symphony Silicon Valley, accompanied by game footage, synchronized lighting, laser and special effects, performing the music of best-loved video games of past and present.  For more informtation, visit www.videogameslive.com.

Tickets to this special event are available only through TicketMaster.

Featured Artist(s): Symphony Silicon Valley & Chorale
  • The music of Halo, Mario, Zelda, Warcraft, Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic, Everquest II, God of War, Medal of Honor, Myst, Tron
  • Classic Arcade Medley: Pong to Donkey Kong

Video Games Live


Nakamatsu Plays Grieg
Saturday 8:00 pm April 1, 2006
Sunday 2:30 pm April 2, 2006
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A program of lushness and virtuosity. International piano marvel Nakamatsu performs Grieg's dazzling concerto. Led by Boughton, founder of the English Chamber Orchestra, the concert opens with Beethoven at his most powerful and closes with Sibelius' late, great Romantic masterpiece.

Conductor: William Boughton
Soloist(s): Jon Nakamatsu, piano
  • Ludwig van BeethovenEgmont Overture
  • Edvard Grieg:  Piano Concerto in A minor featuring Jon Nakamatsu
  • Jean Sibelius:  Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major
Program Notes
About William Boughton
About Jon Nakamatsu

William Boughton


Tango Fantastique
Saturday 8:00 pm May 13, 2006
Sunday 2:30 pm May 14, 2006
Following Ju-Young Baek's 2004 triumph with the Symphony, the young Korean star returns to play Piazzolla's violin concerto, fusing the passionate spirit of the Argentine tango with Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Debussy's delectable suite opens, and Berlioz ends the season with a dramatic flourish.

Conductor: Paul Polivnick
Soloist(s): Ju-Young Baek, violin
  • Claude DebussyPetite Suite
  • Astor PiazollaFour Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring Ju-Young Baek
  • Hector BerliozSymphonie Fantastique
Program Notes
About Paul Polivnick
About Ju-Young Baek

Paul Polivnick



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