Season Announcement: Symphony Silicon Valley, October 5, 2019 thru June 7, 2020

Symphony Silicon Valley

2019 – 2020 Season

October 5, 2019 through June 7, 2020

Conductors include Tito Muñoz, Tatsuya Shimono, JoAnn Falleta

Soloists include Nareh Arghamanyan, Jon Nakamatsu, Giora Schmidt

Tito Munoz conducting the Cleveland Orchestra
Photo: Courtesy of Symphony SV


2019-20 Symphony Silicon Valley Season


Peacock Variations & Tchaikovsky                             October 5-6, 2019

Conductor:   Carlos Vieu

         The Star Spangled Banner

         Kodály  Variations on a Hungarian Theme – Peacock Variations

         Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 – Pathetique

Our season opens with a richly exotic, song-filled work by Zoltán Kodály. Based on a Hungarian folk tune, its variations set a festive mood.  That mood shifts in the second half with Tchaikovsky’s deeply emotional final symphony. The composer heard only its first, poorly received performance; but its
second was a triumph, and this symphony remains one of his most celebrated and beloved.

JoAnn Falletta.conductor jpg

Photo: Courtesy of Symphony SV

Partners & Dances                                                              October 26-27, 2019

Conductor:   JoAnn Falleta                   Soloists:   Robin Mayforth & Evan Kahn

         Lili Boulanger D’un soir triste

         Lili Boulanger D’un matin de printemps

         David Amram  Partners: Violin & Cello Double Concerto  (SSV co-commission)

         Rachmaninoff  Symphonic Dances

JoAnne Falleta’s second appearance with SSV begins with a pair of short works by a noted early 20th century woman composer. David Amram’s concerto follows, featuring a pair of Symphony players: Concertmaster Robin Mayforth and Principal Cellist Evan Kahn. Partners celebrates three pairs of Amram’s musical friends – Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Lester Young and Billie Holiday, Machito Grillo and Celia Cruz – in three movements that reflect their distinctive styles.  Symphonic Dances, with its irresistible rhythms, lush harmonies, and surprising alto saxophone solo, brings the program to an end.

Khachaturian & Brahms                                                  December 7-8, 2019

Conductor:   Pietro Rizzo                     Soloist:   Nareh Arghamanyan

         Glinka Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture

         Khachaturian Piano Concerto

         Brahms Symphony No. 2

Celebrated throughout Europe, Maestro Rizzo comes from Italy to make his first appearance with SSV.  Armenian-born pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, described by Musical America Magazine as a “major, major, major talent,” is especially renowned for Khatchaturian’s fiery, expressive piano concerto, based in part on Armenian folk music.  Brahms’s second (and favorite) symphony provides a dramatic contrast to close: a warm, richly textured, serenely happy work by the German master.

The Red Violin                                                                      January 24-26, 2020

Conductor:  Shih-Hung Young              Soloist:  Lara St. John

         Corigliano The Red Violin – Film with full score

As the New Year begins, SSV presents a concert that is both visually and musically exciting. The Symphony will play John Corigliano’s musical score to accompany the eventful bio-pic of a legendary violin, following it from 17th century Italy to the present day. The Oscar and Grammy–winning score, widely praised by music critics (“classical elegance, gypsy passion”) will accompany the full film.  Violinist Lara St. John will perform the solo passages ‘in what amounts to a virtuosic two-hour concerto.’


Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven                                          March 21-22, 2020

Conductor:   John Nelson                     Soloist:   Jon Nakamatsu

         Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

         Beethoven Choral Fantasy

         Schumann Symphony No. 4

With this concert the Symphony joins the world-wide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Over three seasons, pianist Jon Nakamatu and the orchestra will perform all of Beethoven’s piano concertos. We begin with the Second, which the young virtuoso used as a display piece to make his way in Vienna. Schumann’s heartfelt Symphony No. 4 concludes, bridging the worlds of Beethoven and Brahms.

Mozart, Lutoslawski & Brahms                                    May 9-10, 2020

Conductor:   Tito Muñoz                     Soloist:   Giora Schmidt

         Mozart Symphony No. 35 – Haffner

         Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra

         Brahms Violin Concerto

Following up his brilliant 2019 SSV debut, Maestro Muñoz returns to conduct Mozart’s witty, inventive Haffner Symphony, followed by Lutoslawski’s showcase for every section of the orchestra. Brahms’s concerto for violin also highlights the orchestra while placing extraordinary demands on the soloist. With his “stunning silky tone, technical wizardry and immensely stylish playing,” Israeli-American violinist Giora Schmidt is fully their match.

Schubert & A Sea Symphony                                         June 6-7, 2020

Conductor:   Tatsuya Shimono             Soloist:   Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

         Schubert Symphony No. 8 –Unfinished

         Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Under Maestro Shimono, two powerful symphonies bring SSV’s season to a close. With just two movements, Schubert’s revolutionary Unfinished Symphony nonetheless feels complete… and astonishing. Vaughn Williams’ dramatic work integrates soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra into a majestic finale.


Subscriptions available now

4-Show Subscription packages $180 to $372

7-Show Subscription packages $315 to $651

Single tickets will go on sale end of August

Ticket range: $50 to $98 with discounts for students and seniors.

Student Rush (with valid student I.D.) $25 at the box office 90-minutes prior to curtain.



On-line at:

By Phone: 408.286.2600 ext. 23

In Person: 325 So First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm


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