Opera San Jose
California Theatre, San Jose
operasj.org | 408.437.4450
The Waltz King captures 19th-century Vienna in all its glory and vice. Premiering in 1851, this is one of Strauss’ most renowned operettas. In order to get back at Eisenstein for a practical joke, Falke develops a masterful plan of playful vengeancewith plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Hansel and Gretel
Nov. 16-Dec. 1
It all starts with two siblings who want a snackand who wouldn’t go inside that gingerbread house? It’s fitting that this Engelbert Humperdinck production takes the stage right around Thanksgiving, and while the audience can’t get a hunk of the witch’s tasty goods, any hunger for operatic whimsy may very well be satiated.
The Corinthian Grand Ballroom, San Jose
newballet.com | 408.924.8501
Von Rothbart’s Masquerade
An All Hallow’s Eve that’s a little more Tschaikovsky than Monster Mash, this ball crawls with spooky figures, including characters from Swan Lake and plenty of food and drink. A prize will be awarded for the most original and inspiring costume, and New Ballet performs a little something for the occasionin between all the other boogie-woogie, of course.
Palo Alto Philharmonic
First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
Soloists and ensembles tackle classical epics from the 16th to the 18th century, including compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli and Bruhns.
Heaven and Earth
Cubberly Theatre, Palo Alto
In this concert, which channels the whole of creation in all its glorious splendor, soprano Heidi Moss will sing for Samuel Barber’s Tennessean symphony Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24, as well as Symphony No. 4 by Germany’s Gustav Mahler.
Fall Chamber Concert
First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
This November, the Philharmonic’s talented musicians mark the changing of the seasons, playing in wind, string and brass ensembles, and filling the autumn air with classical reverie.
steinwaysociety.com | 408.300.5635
McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, Saratoga
Born in San Jose in 1968, Jon Nakamatsu is a Stanford graduate and classical pianist who’s played all over the globe. He’s placed favorably on the Billboard classical music charts and has taken gold in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For this recital, he’ll play Chopin, Schubert and Brahms.
Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose
An evening of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven conjured by the mesmerizing Ukrainian-American classical pianist Anna Dmytrenko. Smitten with the keys since she was 4 years old, Dmytrenko has studied at Julliard and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Independence High School, San Jose
Critically acclaimed South Korean classical pianist Heejae Kim has made waves globally with her passion and craft. Performing and winning awards and competitions internationally, she’s also been noted as audience favorite at the Leeds Piano Competition. The evening’s program starts with Rachmaninoff, followed by Mussorgsky and Schumann.
San Jose Chamber Orchestra
sjco.org | 408.295.4416
Santa Clara University Recital Hall
First impressions make a difference. To begin the 2019-2020 season, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra plays the Baroque Don Quixote Suite by Telemann and the Brazilian-American Clarice Assad’s Impressions. Another first: the premiere of Memoir of an Ordinary Man by contemporary composer Durwynne Hsieh.
SJCO with sjDANCEco
Fri, Oct. 18-19
To get their 17th season rolling, sjDANCEco teams up with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. It’s a powerful program, including a piece that pays tribute to Nelson Mandela and the world premiere of “This is where/I Begin,” whose choreography tells of the DACA/Dreamer experience in the United States.
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
A rough translation of “Cellissimi” would be something like “cello-licious.” Eight cellists and their strings join soprano Patricia Westley to give life to the music of Bach and Villa-Lobos, as well as contemporary composers Gustavo Taveres and Michael Touchi.
Symphony Silicon Valley
symphonysiliconvalley.org | 408.286.2600
Peacock Variations & Tchaikovsky
This season opener calls in the compositions of a revered Hungarian and a legendary Russian. From Zoltán Kodálywho invented the well-known Kodály method for musical pedagogycomes the Peacock Variations, a piece based on a folk tune of his homeland. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 takes the second slot on the program.
Partners & Dances
The night kicks off with two pieces by early 20th-century prodigy Lili Boulanger, who composed at least 33 works before she died at age 24. Next, a David Amram concerto honoring the styles of famous pairs Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Lester Young and Billie Holiday, Machito Grillo and Celia Cruz. Lastly, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, saxophone solo and all.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
CineConcerts concludes the Harry Potter series with a three-film program beginning in November. For this go, the symphony plays the live score while screening the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling’s box-office sensationsHe Who Shall Not Be Named returns, and he’s not looking for a truce. The series continues in February and April.
Winchester Orchestra of San Jose
Lincoln Glen Church, San Jose
winchesterorchestra.com | 408.866.5302
It’s not often one witnesses a composer conducting his own work. Guest conductor Henry Mollicone commences the orchestral season with Fanfare, an adaptation from his co-written opera Lady Bird, which tells the story of First Lady Johnson on LBJ’s Southern campaign tour after the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. The rest of the program includes Holst, Beethoven, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.