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¡VivaFest! means mariachi music
¡VivaFest!, San Jose's weeks-long Latino destination festival, is about to unfurl its yearly offerings of music, dance, art and, new this year, a speaker's series.
Symphony Silicon Valley's free outdoor concert series returns to San Jose State University
The two-weekend festival opens July 26 with Symphonic Strings. Other concerts include Opera Pops, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Classical Mystery Tour and the Cole Porter Songbook.
Symphony Silicon Valley Pops Festival Opens This Weekend : San Francisco Classical Voice
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Here's the Target Summer Pops lineup! Hope to see you on the lawn at San Jose State this weekend!

The Maestro at work! Great reviews for George Cleve, and our 12th Season Finale! Can't wait to share our 13th Season with everyone!

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From the Thursday evening rehearsal for this weekend's final concert of the season, a photograph of Maestro George Cleve.
Another day of musician auditions! Best of luck to all the candidates!

Long day of auditions at the California Theatre today! Always great when our hardworking, talented players get a promotion!

  • The Music of Led Zeppelin
    8:00 pm September 20, 2014

    For one night only, the legendary songs of Led Zeppelin, accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley, performs at the City National Civic! Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, Silicon Valley Symphony performs The Music of Led Zeppelin at City National Civic of San Jose on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 PM. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors.

  • An Italian Tour
    8:00 pm September 27, 2014
    2:30 pm September 28, 2014

    Join us to explore Italy in September. All three works on our season opening program reflect a bit of the sunny Mediterranean landscape. Respighi’s charming take on 17th century Italian dances is followed by Verdi’s tribute - beloved for its glorious violin solo - to the legendary pearl christened The Wanderer. In Harold in Italy Berlioz conjures up his own wanderings in rustic Abruzzi, complete with misty landscapes, pilgrims and tolling bells, roving musicians and riotous brigands. Orchestra principal Patricia Whaley is featured in this romantic all-but-concerto for viola.

  • Beethoven & Brahms
    8:00 pm October 25, 2014
    2:30 pm October 26, 2014

    This program is a fine example of the magic that comes from pairing the best with the best. Maestro Nelson is one of America’s most distinguished and sought-after conductors; Jeffrey Kahane is an internationally  renowned pianist (and conductor) who regards Nelson as a key mentor.  They will partner to present two of classical music’s greatest works.  Brahms and Beethoven, Nelson and Kahane — an October program not to miss.

  • Turkish Romance
    8:00 pm December 6, 2014
    2:30 pm December 7, 2014

    Our tongue-in-cheek title gives a nod to both works on this program. The Symphony’s star soloist, violinist Mayuko Kamio, returns for the third time in three years to perform the concerto Mozart wrote as a supremely gifted 19-year-old. Lyrical, melodic, boisterous, rhythmically inventive, it set a new standard of technical prowess for the violin. When Maestro Shimono conducted Symphony Silicon Valley in Ein Heldenleben for his first American engagement, he became an instant audience and  musician favorite.

  • Carols in the California
    7:00 pm December 13, 2014

    A Family Holiday Tradition! Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale present the 10th Annual Carols in the California, an exciting and festive program!  Come for the traditional sing-along of your favorite carols and prepare to be dazzled by the 2014 version of “Twelve Days of Silicon Valley Christmas”, all in the warm glow of the California Theatre.

  • Nakamatsu Plays Ravel & Gershwin
    8:00 pm January 16, 2015
    8:00 pm January 17, 2015
    2:30 pm January 18, 2015

    Local icon Jon Nakamatsu joins the orchestra to perform both of the great Gershwin concertos.  In the roaring twenties, jazz found its way into classical composition, and the result was a musical revolution. This program of works from the 1920’s contrasts the French composer Ravel with Gershwin the New Yorker, and the different worlds on either side of the Atlantic.

  • Shostakovich: Gentleman Comrade
    8:00 pm March 14, 2015
    2:30 pm March 15, 2015

    State composer of the Soviet era, Dimitri Shostakovich was both celebrated and terrorized in his own country.  In March, our program presents two works by Shostakovich the debonair musical gentleman paired with his redeeming and triumphant Fifth Symphony — the one he HAD to write.  Pianist Stephen Prutsman returns from this past January’s triumph to perform Shostakovich’s buoyant Second Piano Concerto, the work that accompanied The Steadfast Tin Solider in Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

  • The Bells
    8:00 pm May 9, 2015
    2:30 pm May 10, 2015

    Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale figures throughout our May program, all under Maestro Vajda’s brilliant leadership. Local composer Pablo Furman’s premiere introduces the ‘bell’ motif with the choral voices. Debussy’s Nocturnes treats women’s voices as instruments, blending them with the orchestra to evoke the shifting sea.  Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Bells, which evokes changing bell-tones using the melody of words, inspired Rachmaninoff’s brilliant adaptation - a choral symphony that was his favorite of all his works.


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"More than most regional orchestras, Symphony Silicon Valley has a way of stepping outside the box, inviting its audience to take a less familiar ride. Saturday's excursion was potent, pairing Shostakovich's monumental Symphony No. 10 and William Kraft's exotic Timpani Concerto No. 2, "The Grand Encounter."

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