Celebrate 90 years of Great Music!
Stockton Symphony, the third longest running orchestra in California!

Stockton Symphony 2016–17 – 90th Anniversary

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Classics III: January 28, 2017: Exotic Musical Tales
Peter Jaffe, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, pianoRossini: Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Immerse yourself in captivating stories told through brilliant orchestral colors. Rossini’s overture with familiar melodies from cartoons, commercials, and movies is delightfully infectious and full of rhythmic drive. Rimsky-Korsakov’s grand orchestral adventure will keep you spellbound, surrounding you in lush sound from every section of the orchestra.
Our guest soloist, young Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez—returning by audience request—will sweep you away. Versatile, daring, and insightful, she is establishing a reputation on both the national and international stages for the lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations, and her elegant stage presence.


 Classics IV: March 18, 2017: Brother-and-Sister Geniuses
Peter Jaffe, conductor
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Overture in C Major
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, “Scottish”

It’s a million-in-one shot to have a musical genius born into a family, but to wind up with two? Felix Mendelssohn has an established place in the repertoire—this night, jump into his masterful Scottish Symphony. Women composers and their works were rarities in the 1800s but our program begins with one of those rarities: Felix’s sister Fanny, whose compositional prowess rivals her brother’s, wrote the delightful overture you will hear. Sandwiched between gems from these sibling prodigies is perhaps the most popular guitar concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez, performed by the renowned Jason Vieaux.
NPR describes the Grammy-winning guitarist as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Classics V: April 8, 2017: Rite of Spring
Peter Jaffe, conductor
Kevin Cole, piano

Max Simončič: Fanfare for a Grand Occasion (world premiere)
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Mark your calendars in big letters—our Classics 90th anniversary season goes out with a bang! After a brief fanfare written specifically for us from a distinguished local composer, you’ll hear two audience favorites from composers who shook the musical world. Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring caused a riot at its premiere, but is now recognized as one of the most powerful works of the twentieth century, and has become one of the most popular. Gershwin, a trailblazer in infusing symphonic works with jazz elements, created this catchy and vibrant piano concerto.
We bring back Kevin Cole, who took our breath away at last season’s Gershwin Pops. If you were there, you probably still reminisce about that performance and want to hear more. If you weren’t, here’s your chance to be blown away by Kevin’s virtuosity!



Pops 3: February 25, 6:00 pm & February 26, 2:30 pm, 2017: A John Williams Extravaganza
Peter Jaffe, conductor
Generations both young and old will be captivated by this program, exploring the depths of our imaginations and the far reaches of outer space. Bring your family to hear selections from the recent Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as well as famous standards including Raiders of the Lost ArkJurassic ParkSuperman, Jaws, and many more of the fabulous melodies and luscious orchestrations that resulted in over 50 Academy Award nominations—five wins—not to mention Emmys and Golden Globes!

Pops 4: May 6, 6:00 pm & May 7, 2:30 pm, 2017: In Concert with the Legendary Ben Vereen

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. Most recently appearing in Time Out of Mind, Hot in Cleveland, and How I Met Your Mother, his first love and passion is and always will be the stage. On Broadway, Ben Vereen has starred in Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ SuperstarPippin, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam, and A Christmas Carol. His role in Pippin garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Ben’s show is a unique blend of artistry, combining tributes to Broadway and Frank Sinatra with a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Featured hit songs include “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “For Good” from Wicked, and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” Ben has been headlining performing arts centers and symphonies across the country. His performances are filled with song and dance, stories of his life, and a great deal of humor.