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September 14, 2010 > Fremont Symphony season dawns

Fremont Symphony season dawns

By Eman Isadiar

The evening of Saturday, September 25 marks the opening of Fremont Symphony's new season with a brand new work by famed Bay Area composer Henry Mollicone. The composition is called "Final Light" and is preceded by an introductory talk by the composer about the inspiration for the piece, its main musical ideas and creative process. The pre-concert talk - which is rather unusual for Fremont Symphony - will also include a question-and-answer segment with the audience.

Stephen Kim will then mesmerize and bewilder the audience with his phenomenal violin chops in one of the most difficult pieces of the romantic repertoire, Tchaikovsky's one and only concerto for violin and orchestra. To get the new season off to a dazzling start, the program will end with the work that quite possibly changed symphonic writing forever - Beethoven's "Eroica."

On December 4-5, Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy will join the Fremont Symphony Orchestra for another unforgettable fully staged production of the holiday classic, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Since it was first introduced in 2005 as Fremont's first major ballet performance, Yoko's dancers have taken this magical winter tale to new artistic heights with each performance. The costumes, scenery, and soul-stirring music will once again transport the audience to a realm of fantasy and wonder.

Following each of the matinee performances of the Nutcracker, the Fremont Symphony Guild will host a Sugar Plum party where children and their family can meet and have their photos taken with the dancers and musicians. For those who prefer an evening ballet, there is also a 7 p.m. show on Saturday, December 4.

On March 26, one of the most distinguished pianists of our time and winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - yes, none other than Fremont's beloved Jon Nakamatu - will perform music by Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, and Rameau in a rare piano recital. Mr. Nakamatsu has deep ties to Fremont and has been a guest artist in Fremont Symphony's past seasons, both with the orchestra and in solo recitals such as this.

Finally, the 47th season will end on a particularly high note with a special appearance by renowned concert pianist Aileen Chanco with the Fremont Symphony in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." The all-American concert will also include works by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Meredith Willson, George M. Cohan, and John Philip Sousa.

For more information and tickets, visit or call (510) 371-4859.

Fremont Symphony Concert Series
Beginning Saturday, September 25
Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 371-4859

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