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South Valley Symphony Autumn Concert.

The South Valley Symphony will open it’s 37th season this weekend. The orchestra continues the tradition of community involvement begun back in the early 70’s, going from a class  in the Morgan Hill Schools Continuing Education system to the full blown symphony orchestra of today. Current conductor, Dr. Anthony Quartuccio took over the podium from conductor and composer Henry Mollicone in 2006.  Dr. Quartuccio is also an assistant conductor at the San Jose Opera.


Rossini, Overture to an Italian Girl in Algiers
Bruch, Violin Concerto in G minor with Gretchen Miescke, soloist
Beethoven, Symphony #2

Saturday, October 9 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Location Gavilan College Theater, Gilroy, CA

Season tickets are available at www.southvalleysymphony.org

Listen to the orchestra playing at the San Juan Bautista Mission last May


Cathleen Candia, Mezzo-Soprano: Habanera from Carmen (Bizet)
Kenneth Mattice, Baritone: Toreador from Carmen (Bizet)
Christopher Bengochea, Tenor: La Donna Mobile from Rigoletto (Verdi)
Rochelle Bard, Soprano: O Mio babbino caro from Giani Schicchi (Puccino)

A notable birthday today, October 7. Yo Yo Ma.


Ma plays the cello during the "Presentation of the Crystal Award" at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2008.


Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer, and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music. His family moved to New York when he was five years old. Ma began his musical career on the violin and viola before mastering the cello. He studied music at Julliard School in New York, and later completed his studies at Harvard University.

So many wonderful recordings. Just go to YouTube and enter Yo Yo Ma. You won’t run out of choices for a very long time.

This is still my favorite though.