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Anniversary & Birthday: The Stars Come Out To Celebrate


Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose’s (MCOSJ) twentieth anniversary season concludes May 15 with a celebratory joint concert of MCOSJ and San Jose Symphonic Choir. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will join the Orchestra for the world premiere of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Lee Actor. San Jose Symphonic Choir will join MCOSJ in performing A Song for Our Planet by Henry Mollicone, marking the Saratoga-based composer’s 70th birthday. Beethoven’s uplifting Symphony No. 9 completes the program, creating a sparkling musical constellation.

The concert at the California Theater, 345 S. First St., San Jose, is at 3 p.m. A preconcert lecture at 2 p.m. features comments from Lee Actor and Henry Mollicone. Jon Nakamatsu will offer a lecture and demonstration on May 13, 12:45 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose.
Under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Emily Ray, MCOSJ’s first twenty seasons have brought an extraordinary range of classical music to audiences in San Jose. This concert is a stellar example of the group’s musical approach, highlighting world class soloists, local composers, and presenting audiences with challenging new works alongside enduring favorites.

San Jose Symphonic Choir has performed a number of Henry Mollicone’s works for chorus and orchestra. Leroy Kromm, Music Director of the choir, describes A Song for Our Planet as “a beautiful cantata within the vast and prolific musical kingdom of Henry Mollicone.” It focuses on environmental stewardship using sacred texts from many traditions.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the world’s most revered and beloved compositions. In the last movement a full choir and four vocal soloists sing majestically of the lofty splendors of hope, joy and peace.
Tickets available at Symphony Silicon Valley Box Office, (408) 286-2600, ext. 23.

MCOSJ and SJSC are supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, and grants from Farrington Historical Foundation. MCOSJ also receives a grant from Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. SJSC also receives a grant from the Peery Fund.