The California Symphony has treated the tunefully inclined to artful performances of both new music and classical classics for nearly a quarter of a century. Audiences for the March 6 concert, "In the Spotlight," will witness the skilled batonery of guest conductor George Cleve as he leads the world-premiere performance of Bay Area composer Cindy Cox's most recent work. With a unique voice noted for its tunings, harmonies, and textural colorations, Cox's piece will showcase regional orchestral musicians, such as flutist Monica Daniel-Barker, clarinetist Jerome Simas, and violist Marcel Gemperli. The evening will also include selections from Chaminade's Flute Concertino, Bruch's Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, and Dvořák's Symphony no. 7, generally considered the luckiest of all Dvořák's symphonies.
Peninsula Symphony, founded in 1949 with the goal of enriching communities with affordable musical productions, grew from a grassroots ensemble to a 90-plus-member orchestra of well-trained local musicians. Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein leads the ensemble with a steady baton, a sharp ear, and the stamina to carry on through the inevitable triple encore.
• 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).
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.
The Greek Theatre, one of Los Angeles' most iconic music venues, was built in 1929 as a gift from wealthy immigrant Griffith J. Griffith, who wanted to give back to his adopted city. With a stage that evokes an ancient Hellenistic theater, modern sound systems, and clear sightlines, the venue combines old and new, much like cell phones made of Nintendo controllers.