Mission: To provide classical music performances, educational services, and arts advocacy programs to the greater silicon valley region.
Programs: Since incorporating in june 2003, ssv has grown into one of the anchor arts producers and major cultural place-makers in silicon valley. In addition to its core classical concerts, ssv responds to community needs with programs that connect the orchestra with new listeners including children, and by making its skills and resources available to other arts organizations. See schedule o for more detail on program service accomplishmentsin 2013-14, symphony silicon valley performed for 74,900 listeners who attended its classics concert series, the symphony's annual free target summer pops festival, symphony silicon valley chorale concerts, 8 free student concerts, a 6-concert film series with live music, and orchestra performances with five other producers including ballet san jose for audiences totaling 25,950. The symphony's 100 services were among the most offered to players by any orchestra in the greater bay area, outside of the three san francisco giants. Its pay rate for its musicians is highly competitive; and they are regularly featured with the orchestra as concert soloists, together with outstanding guest artists. Rather than choosing a resident music director to set a unique musical profile, the symphony engages guest conductors from around the country and the world. It has built up a select roster of conductors who return regularly, providing artistic continuity; while each season includes conductors new to the symphony - often emerging talents in the field. This policy allows the symphony: a) to attract a range of superior artists and to program to their specific strengths, and b) to be responsive to its local audience profile and preferences. Musicians and audiences have responded enthusiastically to the variety of musical leadership. Partnering with the county office of education and 1stact san jose (now silicon valley creates), the symphony designed and manages artspark, a free arts exposure program for 3rd through 5th graders that organizes the resources of multiple arts groups with the long term goal of reaching every child in the county. In its first three years, artspark has brought 68,500 children to professional plays, orchestra concerts, and performances that draw on our community's diverse cultural traditions, all in their home venues. The symphony also provides musical and production support for many other community organizations, from five youth orchestras to san jose state university. San francisco classical voice praises symphony silicon valley as: "what perhaps only the most fortunate metropolises have: an orchestra that serves its public brilliantly, by presenting it with engaging, memorable musical experiences," while the mercury news calls it "a surprising organization with its enterprising and even innovative programs. . . Its unusual business model. . . And its overall tenacity and loyal audiences. "during 2013-14, its twelfth year of performances, the symphony:- played for almost 75,000 audience members, a single season symphony record. - mounted a subscription series of 15 classical concerts led by three regular guests on the symphony podium, a renowned puerto rico-born violinist/conductor, and three exciting newcomers to the orchestra from italy, argentina and germany. Reviewers wrote: 'sonically rich, earthy and passionate, the orchestra's performance was a pleasure,' 'the orchestra sounded great, full of dusky colors,' "ovation-inspiring,' 'a polished, savvy reading, detailed and exuberant,' 'an exciting, wheels-turning performance,' '(a) varied and imaginative program,' '(the) electric program. . . Elicited the loudest ovation this reviewer ever has heard at the california theatre,' and more generally, 'symphony silicon valley has a way of stepping outside the box. ' - introduced the legendary william kraft's revision of his timpani concerto no. 2, performed by the timpanist for whom it was written, and the north american premiere of a concerto for bandoneon, performed by the juan pablo jofre, the composer. - featured a stellar list of soloists, including violinist mayuko kamio in her second appearance with the symphony ('her thrilling performance. . . Left her audience on its feet, cheering'), the nobilis piano trio ('a dashing and emotional performance; memorable'), bandoneonista j. P jofre ('an explosively talented performer and composer'), van cliburn gold medalist jon nakamatsu. ('his playing. . . Kept this listener on the edge of his seat'), and the symphony's principal bassoonist deborah kramer ('. . . A superb player - operatic'). (all quotes from san jose mercury news 2013-14)- funded, produced and managed the third year of artspark, the symphony's multi-disciplinary arts exposure program for the children of santa clara county. 18,700 students (40% of the county's 3rd and 4th graders) from 21 of 26 county school districts attended professional quality theater and music events mounted by three arts providers. The symphony's own all-orchestra education concerts served over 8,000 children. All artspark performances, bus transportation and class materials were provided at no charge. - presented the 6th season of target summer pops, the symphony's popular free summer festival. Its five outdoor concerts included light classics; themes and songs from classic westerns; the swing revival band big bad voodoo daddy; simply sinatra, with headliner steve lippia; and john williams' music for the star wars film saga. Target summer pops is the largest free music festival in the south bay, drawing a happy and diverse family audience of 22,500 in 2013-14. - mounted a successful run of bugs bunny at the symphony, with the beloved warner bros classics accompanied by the full symphony orchestra. - continued to emphasize community collaborations, outreach, and an ethic of service. The symphony orchestra accompanied the ballet in three productions, produced and anchored mexican heritage corp's vivafest! Opening concert, and provided the public and gala entertainment to open san jose's newly renovated convention center. Symphony silicon valley staff provided box office and technical assistance that gave 14 smaller performance groups affordable access to the symphony's superlative performance hall, benefiting both their artists and their audiences. Symphony staff also produced and managed the collaboration among san jose repertory theatre, san jose taiko and symphony silicon valley that produced 27 free in-theater performances for 3rd and 4th graders.