Review: Symphony Silicon Valley Takes on a Russian Accent

Full Review   By David Bratman: October 25, 2016 Two distinguished Russian gentlemen, both now resident in western countries, came to San Jose’s California Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 22, to assist Symphony Silicon Valley in works by two renowned Russian composers. It proved a fortunate pairing. The performers were first-time guest conductor Edvard Tchivzhel (the

Review: Demidenko, Symphony Silicon Valley give Scriabin his overdue place in the musical pantheon

Full Review   By Elijah Ho: October 23, 2016 In 1986, before his final concert in Moscow, legendary virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz was asked his opinion of two composers whose music he had played all his life. He lavished his highest praise on Rachmaninoff. Hard to believe, but little has changed in the order of things. The

‘Insanely Beautiful’ Scriabin Concerto Gets Rare Performance in San Jose

Full Article from Public Media Northern California KQED Arts   By Elijah Ho: October 20, 2016 In 1939, composer Virgil Thomson brought attention to a growing problem in classical music. Despite a dire need for the presentation of new works, orchestras around the globe clung desperately to certain classics “tyrannically,” as he wrote in a 1944