Music Director John Larry Granger and his team of tunesmiths offer up ear-bending Orphean arrangements with an evening of symphonic staples titled "Strictly Classical". The alluring auditory menu opens with the stirring, regal motions of William Boyce's Symphony no. 5, followed by the renowned Pacific Trio performing Beethoven's sweeping Triple Concerto, a piece that brims with majesty and intensity while evoking Beethoven's frustration with a faulty microwave. Mozart's Symphony no. 39 closes the program with its cheerful, evocative emotion and hummable, lyrical themes.
• For $36, you get a seat in section 201–203 or 213–230 (a $54.20 value before fees, or up to a $71.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $56, you get a seat in section 113–120 (a $94.20 value before fees, or up to a $112.90 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Quartet San Francisco is a vibrantly nontraditional ensemble, and will play two pieces that celebrate the welcome inspirations of jazz, tango, and spring, all within glorious acoustic and architectural environs. San Jose Chamber Orchestra’s venerable conductor Barbara Day Turner, known for her innovative programming, wields the baton as the bestringed foursome delivers Anica Galindo’s "Trinitas III" and Henry Mollicone’s "Fantasía Para Cuerdas." Violin co-conspirators Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose, viola repeat offender Keith Lawrence, and stealthy cellist Gianna Abondolo are deft crossover artists as well as Grammy nominees, having played in a multiplicity of genres and performed in strikingly diverse venues around the country.
For the 26th year, Mannheim Steamroller ushers in the holidays with its annual Christmas tour, as two classically trained troupes of musicians travel cross-country to energize audiences with seasonal spirit. Captained by industry trailblazer Chip Davis since the mid-1980s, the ensemble's modern re-workings of adored Christmas jingles were originally met with widespread skepticism from record distributors, retail stores, and indecisive shopping-mall Santas. Today, with more than 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller's unconventional electronic tempo continues to breathe new life into classics such as "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," and "The First Noel." Adding to an already stuffed career stocking, the band has also collaborated with musical icons such as Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, and jazz legend Paul Winter.
Founded as an auxiliary to the San Jose Orchestra, the Youth Symphony functioned as training ground for young musicians for five decades before the 2001 demise of its parent organization. But the youth organization endured. The San Jose Youth Symphony incorporated as an independent non-profit, providing musical education to hundreds of local kids. Now comprising eight groups of varying sizes and experience levels, the organization stages dozens of concerts each year, as well as a biennial international tour that gives advanced ensemble members the chance to travel to exotic locales and learn which countries have the fluffiest hotel towels.
Constructed in 1934 in the Spanish-mission style, the San Jose Civic has played host to a star-studded lineup of performers—including The Who, who kicked off its first U.S. tour on the Civic's venerable stage. The building's elegant, dual-level exterior and softy lit tower recall bygone days of conquistadors, and the remodeled auditorium's armrests and cup holders keep chalices of gold comfortably upright.