Symphony Silicon Valley’s 2019-2020 Season opens October 5 in San Jose


2019-2020 Season Overview 

Seven programs you won’t want to miss!  Single tickets go on sale Monday, August 26

Symphpony Silicon Valley and Chorale

Peacock Variations & Tchaikovsky

Saturday 8:00pm October 5, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm October 6, 2019 

Conductor: Carlos Vieu    

  • Zoltán Kodály: Variations on a Hungarian Theme  Peacock Variations
  • Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 – Pathétique

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.

Partners & Dances

Saturday 8:00pm October 26, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm October 27, 2019

Conductor: JoAnn Falletta            Soloists: Robin Mayforth, violin and Evan Kahn, cello

·       Lili Boulanger: D’un soir triste

·       Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps

·       David Amram: Partners: Violin & Cello Double Concerto

·       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. Partnerscelebrates 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 

Saturday 8:00pm December 7, 2019
Sunday 2:30 pm December 8, 2019 

Conductor: Pietro Rizzo                          Soloist: Nareh Arghamanyan, piano                           

·       Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture

·       Khachaturian: Piano Concerto

·       Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Celebrated throughout Europe, Maestro Pietro 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 Khachaturian’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

Friday 8:00pm January 24, 2020
Saturday 8:00pm January 25, 2020 
Sunday 2:30pm January 26, 2020

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

·      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

Saturday 8:00pm March 21, 2020
Sunday 2:30 pm March 22, 2020 

Conductor: John Nelson             Soloists: Jon Nakamatsu, piano and Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

  • 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

Saturday 8:00pm May 9, 2020
Sunday 2:30 pm May 10, 2020

Conductor: Tito Muñoz                              Soloist: Glora Schmidt, violin

·       Mozart: Symphony No. 35 – Haffner

·       Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

·       Brahms: Violin Concerto

Following up his brilliant 2019 SSV debut, Maestro Tito 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

Saturday 8:00pm June 6, 2020
Sunday 2:30 pm June 7, 2020 

Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono               Soloists: Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

·       Schubert: Symphony No. 8 – Unfinished

·       Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Under Maestro Tatsuya 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’s dramatic work integrates soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra into a majestic finale.

Come celebrate with the Symphony as we conclude our 2019-20 season! 

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW: $45 to $93 per ticket. Build your own customized series. Discounts for Seniors and Students.

SINGLE TICKETS: $50 to $98  (On Sale Monday, August 26)

BOX OFFICE: 408.286.2600 ext. 23.

Symphony Office at 325 South First Street, Suite 160, in downtown San Jose between San Carlos and San Salvador Streets next to the California Theater.  Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.  (Easy parking at city garage, San Carlos Street, entrances on 2nd and 3rd Streets.)


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