May
20
3:00 PM15:00

FAMILY CONCERT

"Humor in Music" - Music for the young and the young-at-heart!

Joseph Haydn       Symphony No. 94, "Surprise Symphony"
Joseph Haydn       Symphony No. 60, "il Distratto"
Joseph Haydn       Symphony No. 45, "Farewell Symphony"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart A Musical Joke, K. 522
Sergei Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Richard Strauss Don Quixote
Peter Schickele Unbegun Symphony
Lee Actor Circus Symphonicus

General
Admission: $10
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $10
Student
Admission: $5

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Apr
7
8:00 PM20:00

AUSTRIAN MASTERS

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Gustav Mahler       Songs of a Wayfarer
       Efraín Solís, baritone
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Efraín Solís

The San Francisco Chronicle exclaims, “For theatrical charisma and musical bravado, it would be hard to top the performance of baritone Efraín Solís.”  He is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship and while with the company sang his first performances of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La cenerentola, Schaunard in La bohèmeSilvano in Un ballo in mascheraSciarrone in Tosca, and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. In the 2016-17 season, he debuts the role of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Memphis and is presented in recital by the El Camino College Center for the Arts.

Other recent performances for the American baritone include Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, and Toledo Opera, Slook in La cambiale di matrimonio with Nicholas McGegan conducting Philharmonia Baroque, and Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox with West Edge Opera.  He also joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as Gaspar in a semi-staged production of Donizetti’s Rita, and the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra for Britten’s War Requiem An active recitalist, he joined Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song for its Compositura program and was presented in a Schwabacher Debut Recital in San Francisco.

He is an alumnus of the prestigious Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera, at which he sang Junius in The Rape of Lucretia and covered Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.  He is also a former member of Opera Santa Barbara’s Studio Artist Program.  In 2013, he was a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and sang arias from Rodelina and Le nozze di Figaro on the famed company’s stage with Marco Armilianto conducting.  He was also a finalist in Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition.  He holds a Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, at which he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.  While at Chapman University, his performances included Beethoven’s Mass in C and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.


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Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

SPRING CHAMBER CONCERT

Philharmonic musicians and their friends in wind, string, and brass ensembles... 

Leonard Bernstein       Candide Overture (for piano four hands)
(arr. Carter Harmon)        
Victor Ewald       Brass Quintet No 1 in b-flat minor
Eugène Bozza       Trois Pièces Pour une Musique de Nuit (for wind quartet)
Karl Goepfart       Wind Quartet in d minor, Op. 93
Johannes Brahms       String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

WINTER CONCERTOS

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Claude Debussy       Petite Suite
Lee Actor Saxophone Concerto
       Ron Bowman, saxophone
Bela Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Ron Bowman

Ron Bowman is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator residing in San Jose, California. A native of Washington state, Bowman moved to California to attend the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific, a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. His principal teachers have been Dr. Don DaGrade (Pacific), Jim Rotter (USC) and Silvia Baker (Spokane, WA).

Bowman is one of the top-call woodwind players in the South Bay, playing saxophone, clarinet, and flute in numerous musical theater productions throughout the area. He can be heard on several recordings, including the premiere recording of John Mackey’s Redline Tango with the Thornton Wind Ensemble in 2005, under the direction of legendary conductor H. Robert Reynolds, and the recently released Skywalker Ranch recording by the San Francisco Wind Ensemble directed by Dr. Martin Seggelke. Bowman has been a member of numerous professional and community musical groups, including the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, Cambrian Symphony, Winchester Orchestra, Contra Costa Wind Symphony, and the Ohlone Wind Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Mr. Bowman’s “day job” is serving as the director of bands at Simonds Elementary School and Castillero Middle School, and jazz band director at Pioneer High School, all in San Jose, where he instructs over 300 fourth through twelfth grade students in band each day.


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Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

SCENES AND CHARACTERS

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Felix Mendelssohn       Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2
       Tamami Honma, piano
Igor Stravinsky Petrushka (1947)

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Tamami Honma

Tamami Honma has consistently received high praise and accolades for her work internationally as performing and recording artist and collaborative pianist.

After her formative years in the US during which she had won many national and international competitions, Tamami studied in New York City with the legendary Byron Janis - himself a student of Vladimir Horowitz and the Lhevinnes (Martin Scorcese is creating a film about him in the near future).

Tamami's appearances in many of the world's great musical institutions has attracted notable acclaim, from the Bolshoi Hall in Moscow (as soloist with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra) to Carnegie Hall in New York ('An eloquent, powerful performance' - New York Times) and the Wigmore Hall in London (‘an interpretation [of the Goldberg Variations] that was probably as transparent and faithful to Bach as it's possible to be on a modern piano' - Music and Vision).

Tamami has made numerous radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the US in partnership with leading orchestras and quartets, and participated in many major music festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival and the Warsaw Autumn Festival. She regularly gives masterclasses and presentations in conservatories and appears on juries of competitions at home and abroad. Tamami's wide-ranging commercial CD recordings of composers from Mozart and Chopin to Stravinsky, McCabe and Rawsthorne, to name a few, have won high accolades.

A believer in the community spirit, besides being the resident pianist/coach for the local opera company and rehearsalist for the 150-piece San Jose Symphonic Choir, she also donates time to be on several boards for charitable and non-profit organizations including serving as president of the Saratoga Education Foundation (SEF), an organization that ensures music and art as well as other subjects not currently supported by the local government remain an integral part of the education system. Tamami was also recipient of the Medal of the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania for her goodwill efforts in promoting Lithuainian art and music in the UK, US and Japan, a cultural trend that helped the country achieve greater independence from Soviet influence prior to its entrance into the European Union.


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Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

FALL CHAMBER CONCERT

Enrique Granados       Spanish Dance #2 (for viola quartet)
Johannes Brahms Appassionata (for viola quartet, from String Quartet Op. 120)
Claude Debussy Golliwog's Cake Walk, and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (for viola quartet)
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No 11 in f minor, Op. 95
Richard Wagner Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral
(Arr. Rodney Miller)
Andrea Gabrieli Canzona alla Francese, for trombone quartet and organ
(Arr. Michael K. Smith)
Douglas Moore Quintet for Winds
Henry Cowell Ballad for Woodwind Quintet

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Older): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

DANCES WITH FLUTE

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm + post-concert reception)

Arturo Márquez       Danzon No. 2
Carl Nielsen Flute Concerto
       Natalie Haworth-Liu, flute
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3, Op. 90

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Palo Alto Philharmonic Principal Flutist, Natalie Haworth-Liu

performs throughout the Bay Area as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. In addition to performing, Natalie is a highly sought after music educator, flute instructor, adjudicator, and clinician.

A native of Eugene, OR, Natalie received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Oregon's School of Music as a Ruth Close and Phi-Beta scholarship recipient. Recognized early on as a "unique talent" by Dr. Richard Trombley, she served as Principal Flute of the University of Oregon Symphony, Oregon Opera Ensemble, the acclaimed Oregon Wind Ensemble, and also premiered several new works at the University of Oregon's Music Today Festival.

As an active musician throughout Oregon, Natalie free-lanced with local orchestras and music organizations, including the Oregon Mozart Players with whom she appeared as a soloist for a special performance of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. IV. She also performed frequently in master class with such flute masters as Patrick Gallois, Susan Milan, and Michael Hasel. Graduating with top honors and distinction, Natalie was awarded the "Outstanding Woodwind Performance Award" with special recognition from the Dean of the University of Oregon School of Music.

Upon graduation, Natalie relocated to the Bay Area where she continued her studies with Isabelle Chapuis, and pursued a varied career in flute performance, teaching, and arts administration.

Natalie has had the privilege of performing many of the great symphonies and orchestral works with the Palo Alto Philharmonic. She also frequently appears as a soloist for the chamber and Baroque music concert series. Most recently, Natalie was the featured soloist for Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C Major, Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B Minor, and Gluck’s Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits.

As a dedicated teacher, Natalie is the Music Director of Monticello Academy in Santa Clara, CA. Known to her students as "Miss Natalie,” she teaches grades K-8, and directs the band and choral programs. Her flute studio attracts some of the most talented and dedicated students in Silicon Valley. Current and past students have won concerto competitions, held principal chairs in Bay Area youth orchestras, been selected for all-state and county honor bands (including "first chair"), received command performance scores in competition, and received scholarships for various prestigious summer music and university programs.

Natalie currently resides in San Jose with her husband, Paul Prendergast, and her two musical sons, Ethan and Maxwell.


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Sep
9
8:00 PM20:00

BAROQUE CONCERT

Henry Purcell       Suite in D Major for Brass
Johann Sebastian Bach Variations on "Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott" for Brass
Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 2 in D Major BWV 1028
Georg Philipp Telemann Quartet for two flutes, bassoon and continuo
Carlo Farina Capriccio Stravagante for strings and harpsichord
George Frideric Handel Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in G Major, Op. 4, No. 1

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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