October 2023 Concert Program

50th Anniversary Season Music Director and Conductor Anthony Quartuccio, Jr.

Dreams Come True Concert Program October 8, 2023 3 pm Guglielmo Winery

Letter from the Board President Dear Orchestra Supporters and Friends,

I am delighted to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to each of you as we embark on a momentous journey – the opening concert of our 50th season! We present this program today to mark this historic occasion with immense joy and pride. Our orchestra has been a beacon of culture, artistry, and unity in our community for half a century. The music we create transcends barriers, speaks to the soul, and connects us all. It is a testament to the enduring power of music to inspire, console, and uplift. Our 50th season promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. We have curated a series of concerts that reflect the rich tapestry of our repertoire, highlighting the diversity of musical experiences that have defined us over the years. From classical masterpieces to contemporary compositions, our orchestra will continue inspiring and engaging audiences of all ages and cultures. Let us remember that our orchestra is not just an ensemble of musicians; it is a family, a community, and a source of inspiration. Together, we will continue to create magic, foster a love for music, and leave a permanent mark on the cultural landscape of our community. Here's to a season of music, celebration, and the promise of many more incredible seasons to come. Thank you for being a part of our story. With profound gratitude and anticipation, Rob Howe President, SVS Board 2023-2024

Board of Directors

Rob Howe, President Michelle Bigelow, Vice President Suzanne Mullers, Treasurer

Carl Franzen, Director Mary Anne Groen, Director Lynn Lockhart, Director Susan Rife, Director Trecia Venter, Director

Tom Brozene, Director Kristin Carlson, Director

October 8, 2023 Guglielmo Winery Anthony Quartuccio, Conductor and Music Director National Anthem “Fanfare and Flourishes” (1991)

James Curnow (1943 - ) Arranged by Jim O’Briant “Symphony No. 1 in E minor” (1932) Florence Price (1887-1953) Allegro non troppo

“Jurassic Park” (1993) John Williams (1932 - ) “Arabesque” (2008) Samuel R. Hazo (1966 - ) Arranged by Chris Niemann

“Pictures at an Exhibition” (1874) Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) Orchestration by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Promenade Gnomus The Old Castle Tuileries Bydlo Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle The Market at Limoges Catacombs Con Mortuis in lingua mortua The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga) The Great Gate of Kiev

“Symphony No 1 in E minor, movement Allegro ma non troppo” by Florence Price presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, copyright owners.”

Program Notes Fanfare and Flourishes: Curnow

James Curnow’s “Fanfare and Flourishes” was composed in 1991 and features a prominent musical theme from Marc Antoine Charpentier’s “Te Deum.” As the title suggests, an exciting fanfare opens the piece. The fanfare gives way to Renaissance-inspired melodies featuring multiple sections of the ensemble in turn. It was originally commissioned for the 1991 European Brass Band Championships in Rotterdam, Holland. Symphony No. 1 in E minor: Price Born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1887, Florence Price gave her first piano recital at age 4, composed her first work at age 11, and entered the New England Conservatory at age 15. Over the course of her lifetime, she composed more than 300 works, many of which were forgotten after her death until the 2009 discovery of a rich trove of unpublished compositions. Her Symphony No. 1 in E minor looks back to Antonín Dvořák’s last symphony in the same key, “From the New World.” Composed while she was recovering from a broken foot, the symphony won first place in the Rodman Wanamaker Competition and premiered June 15, 1933, at the Chicago World’s Fair. It was the first work by an African-American woman to be performed by a major American symphony orchestra. Its performance today is generously sponsored by the Lockhart family. “Jurassic Park”: Williams Famed American movie score composer John Williams has won multiple Academy Awards and is known for his many collaborations with director Steven Spielberg. He defied monster-movie expectations in his score for Spielberg’s 1993 film “Jurassic Park,” writing a soaring, hymn-like melody instantly recognizable 30 years later. The piece has been covered, parodied, and even used as wedding music.

Arabesque: Hazo American composer Samuel Hazo began his compositional career at age 30 and wrote many works for concert bands. “Arabesque” was commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association for the 2008 All-State High School Honor Band. It is a tour de force of Middle Eastern sounds for the contemporary wind band, filled with delicate and sensual soloistic writing, full-blown ensemble passages, rapid-fire tutti rhythms, and frenzied percussion. Our arrangement is courtesy of South Valley Symphony’s frequent collaborator, Chris Niemann. “Pictures at an Exhibition”: Mussorgsky Written in 1874 by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition” is a musical depiction of a tour of an exhibition of works by architect and painter Viktor Hartmann at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. Written as a piano suite in 10 movements plus a recurring and varied Promenade theme, the composition was adapted for orchestra by several composers. French composer Maurice Ravel’s 1922 orchestration is the most recorded and performed.

Violin 1 Beverly Olivier-Blount ** Audrey Gray Hung Lam Jennifer McNarney John Prichett Barbara Rumsby Ashlie Patri Violin 2 Sue Piccardo* Sally Gerling

Flute Roy Madsen* Jennifer Rozario Christina Conner Piccolo Christina Conner Clarinet Walker Blount* Nora Lemmon Bass Clarinet Mark Russo Oboe Steve Knapp* John Weaver* Teddy Zhang Trumpet Jeff Chambers* Jack Begley Kaylyn Nguyen Auxililary Brass Nela Naufhu Ben Pedersen Vini Carter Jina Chon Bassoon

Trombone Miguel Ledezma Tommy Brozene Laura Murphy French Horn Gayle Carlile* Joe Lehnert Jackie Orzel Jenny Redfern Tuba Jim O’Briant* Percussion Lilla Szini* Kirk Berkland John Gerling Tympani Martin Groen Harp Pamela Scholz Keyboard Bob Sunshine ** Concertmaster *Section leader

Mary Anne Groen Kimberly Grundy Gail Miller Jan Ryan Viola Bonny Linnell* Gretchen Miescke Elizabeth Smith Peter Thompson Cello Rob Howe*

Deb Fenzel-Alexander Sean Roy MacAodha Bass

Joe Quintal* Marie Laskin

Save the Dates Holiday Celebration: 3 p.m. December 16, Gavilan College, Gilroy NextGen Youth Concert: 3 p.m. March 9, 2024, Gavilan College, Gilroy A 50th Finale: 3 p.m. May 12, 2024, Guglielmo Winery, Morgan Hill

About the Navaroli Young Musicians Contest The Al Navaroli Young Musicians Competition was established by the South Valley Symphony in 2008 to encourage young musicians to develop their talent and skills. The contest is open to young musicians living or training in southern Santa Clara County, San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties. It is named for Gilroy resident Al Navaroli, a passionate music lover and longtime South Valley Symphony supporter who dedicated many years of service to the symphony and died in 2008. Although he was not a musician himself, Navaroli was a tireless promoter of the orchestra and envisioned an orchestra of between 50 and 60 musicians, two-thirds of them string players. The competition, which is open to strings, winds, brass, and piano, annually gives musicians between the ages of 10 and 18 the chance to audition before trained professionals, including SVS Music Director Anthony Quartuccio. The lucky winner also earns the opportunity to perform as the featured soloist with the entire ensemble at the orchestra's spring concert.

This year's contest will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 4, at Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill.

About the South Valley Symphony

History Gilroy and Morgan Hill musicians formed the South Valley Symphony in the mid-1970s. SVS continues to be the only symphony orchestra in south Santa Clara County. It draws its musicians, board members, patrons, and audience primarily from south Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties. The Symphony performs four concerts annually between October and May, culminating with the popular Mother’s Day concert at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. Musicians and Concerts The orchestra performs a wide range of music from classical to modern, including symphonies, film scores, choral works, jazz, and pops. Music Director and Conductor Anthony Quartuccio selects programming with assistance from orchestra members and the SVS board of directors. The 40-plus orchestra members include music educators and music enthusiasts who learned to play an instrument in school and resumed playing in later years when they had more time. Some are students or retirees, while many work full-time. Some play with other ensembles or volunteer their time to work with music teachers in local schools. Before each concert, the orchestra rehearses for six to eight weeks at Ascension Solarsano Middle School in Gilroy. Musicians who wish to join the orchestra are always welcome at rehearsals. Information is available at www.southvalleysymphony.org. Funding Ticket sales, individual contributions, corporate matching grants, and donations from local businesses fund South Valley Symphony concerts and operations. Additional funding comes from generous grants. The Symphony is a 501(c)(3) corporation with annual expenditures between $60,000 and $70,000. Expenses include the music director and conductor’s salary; guest and solo artists’ honoraria; advertising and promotion; music purchase, rental, and management; additional players; programs; and insurance and other professional expenses. Community Outreach The Symphony actively works with area schools to acquaint young people with classical and modern music and to engage them in musical performances. Musicians frequently work with classroom teachers to give master classes and other assistance in the regular curriculum. Students may receive credit for attending performances. Children and students are admitted free to all concerts. This season marks the 13th annual Al Navaroli Young Musicians Competition for young players living or training in south Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties. The winner of the competition will perform with the Symphony in March.

Letter from the Music Director It's here! The South Valley Symphony has reached one of the greatest milestones: The 50th anniversary of continuous live symphonic performances for audiences of all ages in the South Valley region! This season, we have ramped up our exciting programs for you. This season's overall theme will be fanfares for each of our four concerts. We have selected fanfares that you may or may not have heard but are rousing and get us all in the mood for each of our performances. In addition, we have selected several "greatest hits" that were voted the top choices by our orchestra, board, and audience members. Among the other wonderful highlights of the season will be the presentation of "Pictures at an Exhibition," one of the greatest orchestral masterpieces of all time for our opening concert. Back by popular demand, we have Sandra Marlowe and Ted Sanchez joining the orchestra in collaboration for the holidays in December. In supporting young musicians, as we do every year, we will also feature the Navaroli Concerto Competition winner in the March concert program. This program will also feature a world premiere by Chris Niemann, whose fantastic new works have thrilled our audiences over the past several years. As the season comes to a close, we will once again celebrate Mother's Day with our season finale performance at the winery. This concert will feature our people's choice selections, and we will finish the year with the mighty "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky. As Music Director, leading this wonderful orchestra has been an incredible privilege, honor, and thrill since 2006. We are determined that the next 50 years will build on the past 50 with a brilliant future for live symphonic music in our

wonderful South Valley. Anthony Quartuccio Jr.

About Our Director Anthony Quartuccio Jr. has been music director and conductor of the South Valley Symphony since mid-2006. Under his direction, the orchestra now celebrates its 50th season and has evolved to perform more demanding, diverse, and exciting compositions. During his tenure, the orchestra began the Navaroli Young Musicians Competition; several in-school educational projects; “side by side” performances with local youth ensembles; many world premieres of works by South Valley’s young composers; and highly popular concert opera, youth, and pops programs. Several concerts have featured singers from Opera San Jose and choirs from local high schools. Maestro Quartuccio is music director and conductor for Nova Vista Symphony, associate director of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and former conductor at Opera San Jose. He teaches music theory, composition, chorale, and instrumental groups at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto. In 2006, Quartuccio received an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Santa Clara University and awards from the California State Senate, Santa Clara County, and the Italian-American Heritage Foundation for his contributions to the performing arts in the Bay Area. Quartuccio is an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music and studied conducting with Otto Werner-Mueller, Gunther Schuller, and Gustav Meier at Tanglewood. In 2009, he conducted the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra in a performance for the 14th Dalai Lama during his visit to the Bay Area and has led the orchestra on several tours.

The Symphony Orchestra and Board would like to thank all of our supporters for their continued help during our 2022 - 2023 season. We sincerely thank you for making it possible for us to perform outstanding music for our enthusiastic audiences. We could not do the programming we do without your generous support! Dolce Level ($100-$249) cont. Tom Brozene Buckingham Strategic Wealth Gayle Carlile Vini Carter Mary & Thomas Conrad Adagio Level ($25-$99) cont.

Donors: Crescendo Level ($2,500+) Lynn Lockhart Carl & Gerrie Reinhardt Forte Level ($1,500-$2,499) Marie & Stephen Blankley Laurence & Sara Connell Joe Quintal Jenny Redfern Allegro Level ($750-$1,499) David & Nancy Bischoff Kristin Carlson Rob Howe Jennifer & Martin McNarney Mike Wasserman Andante Level ($500-$749) Don & Chris Bevilacqua John Blaettler Jeanette Dickens Susan Hines Jachimowicz Law Group Johnson Lumber Company Dr. David & Jovita Barron Reyes Mezzoforte Level ($250-$499) Barbara Bottini Global Mortgage John Graham Mary Anne & Martin Groen Roy & Linda Madsen Jean Pinard Sherry Quick Susan Rife & Steve Kreidler The Rev. Jose Rubio John Weaver Marian Yoder Dolce Level ($100-$249) Maria Albin Peter & Elena Anderson Frank Baudino Roger & Carol Bennett Beverly and Walker Blount Michael Brecheen Tom Brozene

Joni Simonsen Joan Stempel Michael & Michele Tachia Linda Tarvin Laura & Nicholas Tindall Tomoko Wada Corporate Partners: John Blaettler Accountancy, Gilroy BookSmart, Morgan Hill City of Morgan Hill Guglielmo Winery, Morgan Hill Mama Mia Italian Restaurant, Morgan Hill and Gilroy Rosy’s at the Beach Restaurant

Donna & Frank Dicker Sally & John Gerling Kimberly Grundy Richard & Arlene Holmboe Carol & James Holzgrafe John Hopkins Christine & Greg Hopwood Bob & Kimberly Lyle Monica McClintock Nancy & Ken McDonald John & Christine Osborne Sue & David Piccardo Joanne Rife Patricia Robinson Jan Ryan Pamela Scholz Gisela Steffe Roxie & Marvin Thomas Harry & Clarice Wiggins Adagio Level ($25-$99) Judith & Sam Bozzo Anna & Cesar Castillo The City Fish Scott Weber Nora Lemmon Helen Lindsey Bonnie Linnell

Endowment: Bill Flodberg

Jeff Chambers Shelly Couglan Patricia Crone Sayuri Irie

Marilyn Librers Janet McElroy Lorri Paulsen Den & Farrell Podgorsek Anne Rosenzweig Peter Schell

Become a season ticket holder: https://southvalleysymphony.org/purchase-tickets/ Bring friends and family to a concert and introduce them to their community symphony family Help advertise concerts by sharing concert information on your personal social media accounts Make a tax-deductible donation by going to our website here: https://southvalleysymphony.org/donate-2/ Explore more ways to support the symphony through in-kind donations, corporate donations, corporate matching, and Legacy Giving: https://southvalleysymphony.org/support-svs/ Join our Board of Directors or help start a Friends of the Symphony organization (a group of volunteers who help the front and back of the house) How You Can Support Your Symphony! We want to thank you for your support of South Valley Symphony. During this 50th Anniversary Season, we’re looking forward to another 50 years of live, symphonic music for our community. How can you help us achieve this goal? Thanks for asking. In fact, here are some actions you can take to help us continue our mission: These are just a few ways to help us reach our next 50 years of making beautiful music for our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our South Valley Symphony Board President, Rob Howe, at rch_cello@hotmail.com. Many thanks!

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