Mission Chamber Orchestra

2002-2003 Season

Sunday, September 29, 2002, 7:00 pm

Welcome Back!

Le Petit Trianon

72 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA

Pip Clarke, violinist


Broughton: Four Kinds of Walking

Saint-Saens: Suite for Orchestra, op. 49

Humperdinck: Humoreske

Arnell: Sonata for Chamber Orchestra

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4

The Mission Chamber Orchestra welcomes back its audience and virtuoso violinist Pip Clarke in its season opener. After last year's thrilling performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, Ms. Clarke returns twice this season to continue the Mozart cycle. Join Ms. Clarke and the MCO musicians for a wine reception following the performance!

The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about the soloist: "In Mozart's Concerto No. 2 in D Major for violin and orchestra, soloist Pip Clarke, brought a much needed dose of vitality and technical precision .... her sweltering tone and pronounced vibrato .... her performance was energetically executed. A standing ovation and vigorous applause from a warmly supportive audience concluded the performance."

Sunday, November 3, 2002, 7:00 pm

Pictures from Faraway Places and Times

Le Petit Trianon

72 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA

Ani Aznavoorian, cellist


Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, "London"

Hersch: Ricercare

Tschaikowsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme

Immerse yourself in a musical world inspired by paintings and places. Let Tschaikowsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme transport you to an earlier time in the hands of the youthful and riveting cellist, Ani Aznavoorian.

The San Jose Mercury News wrote about the soloist: "Aznavoorian's cello playing suggested both the lyrical and dramatic possibilities of an ominous and brooding score. I hope this young artist returns again; so, it was apparent, do the orchestra and audience which awarded Aznavoorian's performance with several curtain calls."

Saturday, February 8, 2003, 8:00 pm

International Friendship Celebration

with the San Jose Symphonic Choir and Cantabile Children's Chorus

St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica

80 S. Market St., San Jose

Pip Clarke, violinist


Bohmler: World Premiere: Sisters

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral"

  • Sara Ganz, soprano
  • Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo soprano
  • Chris Corley, tenor
  • Jeffrey Fields, baritone

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1

  • Pip Clarke, violinist

The symphonic event of the season celebrates international friendship with the world premiere of a musical tribute to San Jose and her sister cities by internationally recognized composer Craig Bohmler. The beautiful St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in the heart of downtown San Jose is the perfect setting for the soaring strains of Beethoven, Bohmler, and Mozart.

The Daily Record wrote about the composer: "Bohmler's work is grounded in the best work of Bernstein, Sondheim, Rodgers and Loewe."

This concert is funded by a grant from the City of San Jose, Office of Cultural Affairs and by Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts, a grants program of Arts Council Silicon Valley.

Please read the MCO Press Release about this performance

Saturday, April 26, 2003, 8:00 pm

Night at the Movies

Sun Microsystems Auditorium

Bruce Broughton, guest conductor

Hollywood comes to Silicon Valley! Hear some of your favorite music that has been used in movies or on television, plus seven-time Emmy award winner Bruce Broughton (composer of music for Silverado, Glory and Honor, JAG, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple) makes a guest appearance conducting some of his most popular film scores with the Mission Chamber Orchestra. Don't miss this exciting event!

Tickets for this concert are $20 for all seats. The venue for this performance is the Sun Microsystems Auditorium.

Please read the MCO Press Release about this performance.

Saturday, May 31, 2003, 8:00 pm

Italian Cathedral Tour Concert

with the San Jose Symphonic Choir

Ascension Church, Saratoga, CA

Program includes:

Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna
Haydn: The Seasons

Tickets for this concert are $18 general/$15 students, seniors. For more information about this performance, please call (408) 293-6060 or (408) 879-9709.

The Mission Chamber Orchestra is sponsored by Santa Clara Valley Performing Arts Association, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, and Arts Council Silicon Valley. Pip Clarke, Ani Aznavoorian, and Bruce Broughton appear courtesy of CHL Artists.