I urge anyone who reads these posts to spend the $100 for a ticket to Live From London, hosted by VOCES8 and the VOCES 8 Foundation. Honestly. I’ve seen and heard two concerts now (having listened twice already do the VOCES8 concert) and I can say my heart was blessed by the fine music making.

TEN concerts for $100. How can you argue with that? In these Covid Times we are all yearning for live music. This comes as close as one can get for so many of us. Plus you hear my absolute favorite group, VOCES8. (They performed first, but anyone who purchases a ticket can watch the performances after they open over and over.

Live From London … a treat for the ears AND the heart!

25. October 2018 · Comments Off on More for this Weekend · Categories: Concert Announcements, Listen, Symphony

One work I mentioned earlier today is Debussy’s La Damoiselle Elue. I am charmed by the work! (I’m also a wee bit nervous, but oh well.)

I’m assuming one of the soloists will be Daniela Tabernig, but I don’t see anyone listed for the other soprano soloist on the symphony page. I guess I’ll find out who it is soon, as we are rehearsing it for the first time today.

Info provided by the YouTube video:
The Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Cappella Amsterdam conducted by Michael Schonwandt perform Debussy’s ‘La Damoiselle Elue’. With wonderful vocal performances by soprano Marie-Bénédicte Souquet and mezzo-soprano Carine Séchaye.

This concert was recorded in February 2012 in Vredenburg, Utrecht.

Musicians:
Radio Chamber Philharmonic & Cappella Amsterdam
Michael Schonwandt, conductor
Marie-Bénédicte Souquet, soprano
Carine Séchaye, mezzosoprano
Paul Meyer, clarinet

(I’m not quite sure why the clarinetist is named and not all the other players. Interesting.)

25. October 2018 · Comments Off on This Weekend · Categories: Concert Announcements, Listen, Symphony

We have quite the concert this weekend. (Below is just a screen shot so those links don’t work, but to order tickets simply go here for Saturday and here for Sunday.)
Symphony Silicon Valley, under the wonderful direction of Carlos Vieu, and with soloist Daniela Tabernig and the women of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale are performing some truly exquisite music.

This is the first time I’ve ever played two of the works: Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue, L. 62 and Strauss’s Vier Letze Lieder.

At last night’s rehearsal Carlos mentioned a video on YouTube about the final song and of course I had to find it and I have to share it. As Carlos said, this really is Strauss saying goodbye, following his long life and the horrific devastation in his country due to the war. The songs were composed in 1948 when Strauss was 84, he died in 1949, and these were published as a unit in 1950.

Through sorrow and joy
we have gone hand in hand;
we are both at rest from our wanderings
now above the quiet land.

Around us, the valleys bow,
the air already darkens.
Only two larks soar
musingly into the haze.

Come close, and let them flutter,
soon it will be time to sleep –
so that we don’t get lost
in this solitude.

O vast, tranquil peace,
so deep in the afterglow!
How weary we are of wandering–
Is this perhaps death?

30. April 2018 · Comments Off on Added Show! · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies

Joe Hisaishi in Concert:
Music from the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki

ADDED PERFORMANCE!
Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 pm
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale 10:00 am (Pacific), Monday, April 30

Click here for tickets!

26. April 2018 · Comments Off on Joe Hisaishi in Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies

Symphony Silicon Valley will be participating in a pretty cool thing soon: we will be on stage, conducted by Joe Hisaishi, as we perform the music while clips from various Studio Ghibli films are on the big screen. Go here for more info.

Location:
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Dates:
Friday 8:00 pm May 25, 2018
Saturday 8:00 pm May 26, 2018
Sunday 2:00 pm May 27, 2018
Monday 2:00 pm May 28, 2018

25. September 2017 · Comments Off on Mingjia Liu · Categories: Concert Announcements, Oboe

I urge any who can attend to go hear this recital. I heard Mingjia play the Britten and was just blown away! I wish like anything I could go to this, but I have a conflict. Rats!

From Mingjia:

16. July 2017 · Comments Off on A Nice Day for a Picnic · Categories: Concert Announcements, Opera

Today is going to be one hot day here in San Jose. I suggest heading out to Bramhall Park (Willow Street Park to us oldsters) to enjoy some opera later on today. I’m hopeful that it will be cooling off by then.

Sunday, July 16, 2017: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Pack a picnic basket and some lawn chairs! OSJ residents and guest artists will present a free concert featuring highlights from the upcoming 2017-18 season at Willow Glen’s Bramhall Park, located at 1320 Willow Street in San Jose.

12. July 2017 · Comments Off on Coming This Sunday To A Park Near You Me! · Categories: Concert Announcements, Concerts, Opera

It’s time for Opera San José’s Bramhall Park concert. I’m planning on being there. How about you?

(We went two years ago and it was SO much fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy!)

Sunday, July 16, 2017: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Pack a picnic basket and some lawn chairs! OSJ residents and guest artists will present a free concert featuring highlights from the upcoming 2017-18 season at Willow Glen’s Bramhall Park, located at 1320 Willow Street in San Jose.

10. March 2017 · Comments Off on Harry Potter #2 Coming Soon! · Categories: Concert Announcements, Movies

At the end of this month I’ll be back on stage, playing in the orchestra as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets plays on a big screen behind us. Do you have your tickets yet? NO?! Well go here to get them.

04. February 2017 · Comments Off on MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS: VOICES FROM THE SEVEN · Categories: Concert Announcements

Next Wednesday the musicians of the Seattle Symphony will perform a free concert for our community, featuring music drawn from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Program details will be announced closer to the event. We invite our community to join us so that together we may experience the rich and diverse musical heritage of these countries, and the diverse communities who call our region home.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7:30 PM S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium in Benaroya Hall

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