KEY FIGURE: Jonas Nordwall tickles the organ ivories for Symphony Silicon Valley this weekend
By Michael S. Gant
ONE OF THE advantages of performing in a refurbished movie palace is access to a mighty pipe organ. Symphony Silicon Valley takes advantage of that fact with a performance of Felix Alexandre Guilment's Organ Symphony no. 1 with guest soloist Jonas Nordwall. Guest conductor Paul Haas will also lead the orchestra in performances of Schubert's Symphony no. 9 and Barber's Adagio for Strings (memorably used on the soundtrack to Platoon). Saturday (March 14) at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm at the California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose; $39–$75; 408.286.2600.
Also on Saturday, the Henry Mollicone's Winchester Orchestra offers "A Celebration of Soloists," with Robert F. Jones' Far Away Is Close at Hand in Images of Elsewhere. Gretchen Miescke is the guest artist for Bruch's Concerto no. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, while cellist Oshagan Merjanian leads the way on Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme for Solo Cello and Orchestra. Saturday (March 14) at 7:30pm; West Valley College, Saratoga; Sunday at 7pm; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 81 N. Second St., San Jose; $7–$18; 408.866.5302.
The whole family is encouraged to attend the South Valley Symphony's "Music for the Young at Heart Concert." In addition to some familiar favorites by Mozart and Prokofiev, the orchestra will entertain with Slaughter on 10th Avenue. Saturday (March 14) at 4pm; Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy; $15/$20, students and children free; 408.847.1441.
The Palo Alto Philharmonic closes out its season with a chamber concert program featuring Brahms' Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, Mozart's Adagio and Rondo, Friedrich Kuhlau's Grande Duo in E Minor and York Bowen's Fantasie for Four Violas. Saturday (March 14) at 8pm; Palo Alto Arts Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto; $8–$17; www.paphil.org. In the same neighborhood, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia, with guest conductor Doris Fukawa, performs Mendelssohn, Corelli and Hindemith works. Saturday (March 14) at 8pm; Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; $5/$10; 650.856.3848.
Finally, the SJSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers along with Collegium Musicum tackle Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Friday (March 13) at 7:30pm; St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, 90 S. Market St., San Jose; $10–$25; 408.924.4645.
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