In Situ: Chinese composer Gang Situ's latest work is premiered at this weekend's Peninsula Symphony concerts.
By Michael S. Gant
Peninsula Symphony For a "Chinese Spring Festival," the symphony joins forces with the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Crystal Children's Choir. The selections go from Stravinsky's Firebird to a premiere performance of Chinese composer Gang Situ's Leaving Bai-Di. Friday (March 14) at 8pm; San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo; and Saturday (March 15) at 8pm at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; $29/$34; 650.941.5291.
Symphony Silicon Valley Guest conductor Sara Jobin is a classical trailblazer—she was the very first woman to conduct the San Francisco Opera. For Symphony Silicon Valley, she will guide the musicians from Aaron Copland's Americana Suite, plus two works by Strauss and Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto, with all the heavy lifting being done by the symphony's own Tony Clements. Saturday (March 15) at 8pm and Sunday (March 16) at 2:30pm; California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose; $37–$73; 408.286.2600.
Cantabile Chorale The choral group lifts its voices in different chants and hymns to the Virgin Mary. The program ranges from various versions of "Ave Maria" to Buxtehude's Magnificat. Saturday (March 15) at 8pm; First United Methodist Church, 1675 Winchester Blvd., Campbell; and Sunday (March 16) at 7:30pm; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto; $6–$25; 650.424.1410.
Winchester Orchestra Henry Mollicone's Winchester Orchestra salutes "The Glory of Beethoven" with the Turkish March from the Ruins of Athens and Symphony no. 9. The latter will take the added efforts of the San Jose Symphonic Choir and guest performers Sandra Rubalcava, Debra Lambert, Adam Flowers and Michael Morris to get through the Ode to Joy. Saturday (March 15) at 7:30pm; West Valley College Theater, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga; and Sunday (March 16) at 7pm; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 81 N. Second St., San Jose. $7–$18; 408.866.5302.
Santa Clara Chorale While Winchester is celebrating the glory of Beethoven, the Santa Clara Chorale looks a little further back to the "Glory of Venice." The concert features selections from Renaissance masters Schutz, Monteverdi and Gabrielli. Bolstering the voices will be a brass ensemble. Friday (March 14) at 8pm; Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara University; and Sunday (March 16) at 4pm; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto; $5–$25; www.scc.org.
Mission Chamber Orchestra The fundraising auction may be silent, but the concert raises some sonic joy with a program of chamber music: Borodin's Nocturne, Shostakovich's Piano Trio no. 2, Ferenc Farkas' Ancient Dances, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and Beethoven's Quartet, op. 59. This special event also includes refreshments. Saturday (March 16), auction at 1:30pm, music at 2:30pm; Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose; $5–$20; 408.236.3350.
La Catrina String Quartet The Sunset Concerts at St. Luke's continue with a Mexican ensemble performing Haydn's Quartet no. 5, Dvorak's American Quartet and Emmanuel Arias y Luna's Sonoralia (La Zacatecana), Jose Pablo Moncayo's Huapango and Javier Alvarez's Metro Chabacano. Friday (March 14) at 8pm; St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 20 University Ave., Los Gatos; $10–$20; 408.354.4560.
Chanticleer Also in a Chinese vein, the esteemed male vocal ensemble Chanticleer teams up with the Shanghai Quartet for a premiere performance of Chen Yi's new work From the Path of Beauty. The evening also features Ravel's String Quartet in F Major and songs by Ligeti and Ravel. Saturday (March 15) at 8pm; Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; $25–$44; 415.392.4400.
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