In Saturday’s (4/3) San Jose Mercury News (California), Richard Scheinin writes, “Symphony Silicon Valley opens its ninth season Sept. 30 at the California Theatre with an old friend on the podium: George Cleve, leading a program of Schumann, Mahler and Beethoven. That’s meat and potatoes for the maestro, a South Bay icon who led the old San Jose Symphony for 20 years. The season ends in June 2011 with a South Bay newcomer as guest conductor: Carolyn Kuan, 33, a rising presence whose program showcases a work titled ‘Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!’ It’s by Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman and was a hit at last summer’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, with its marimba melodies and rain forest sounds, its reverberating gongs and deep grooves rising from low strings. … In between, there will be five more programs covering a lot of ground, with a well-known soloist or two (i.e. pianist Jon Nakamatsu); a world premiere by jazz clarinetist/composer Paquito D’Rivera; an anchor piece of the choral repertory, the ‘German Requiem’ by Brahms; a showcase for Gypsy-style violin; and more.”

Posted April 5, 2010