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
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.
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.
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