About The Orchestra

The Winchester Orchestra was founded in 1999 by its music director and board members. In the late 1960s, West Valley College founded a symphony orchestra under music director George Champion, and later, under the baton of Ross Bergantz. Many community members joined the group at that time, and it evolved into a non-profit group in the early 1980s. Disbanded in 1985, several members of the group joined the new Santa Clara University Orchestra, which was being formed at the time under music director Henry Mollicone. The organization left that university in 1999 and became The Winchester Orchestra, an independent non-profit community orchestra. In 2014, the baton was passed to Michael DiGiacinto, who served as music director and conductor through the orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.  Guest conductors led the group during the 2018-2019 season,  and subsequently Scott Seaton was selected to lead the orchestra going forward.

Recent performances may be found on YouTube

Musical Directors

American conductor Scott Seaton has been praised for possessing “finesse, clarity, and precision” by the Luxembourg Times and has left audiences “breathless” according to Entertainment News Northwest.  He is in his fourth season as Music Director of the North State Symphony in Northern California where he has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, innovative programming, and community and youth outreach.  From 2012-2015, he led the Minot Symphony Orchestra to new artistic heights and forged exciting collaborations on the local and state levels.  Seaton is also the Principal Conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra.  As an artistic leader, he has collaborated with such artists as Project Trio, Alessio Bax, Gabriela Martinez, Charlie Albright, and Sara Davis Buechner.

Since his international debut in 2007 with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Seaton has conducted orchestras spanning North America, South America, and Europe.  Upcoming and recent engagements include the Evansville Philharmonic, Kamloops Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Mercury Soul, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Portland Columbia Symphony, and the Western Plains Opera.  He has also appeared with the Brandenburger Symphoniker, Fort Worth Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra.

Seaton won the 2011 INTERAKTION competition and was given the opportunity to conduct an orchestra composed of all of Germany’s top orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra, and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin.  As a semi-finalist in the 2012 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition (Frankfurt, Germany), he placed in the top ten conductors from a pool of over 400 conductors from 73 countries that were initially considered.  He was a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition as well as a quarter-finalist in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition.

Equally at home with the operatic repertoire, Seaton regularly collaborates with the Bel Canto Singers bringing semi-staged productions to Redding, California.  He has served as Assistant Conductor of Festival Opera (Walnut Creek, California) where he worked on several productions from Puccini’s Turandot to Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with conductor Michael Morgan.

An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Seaton has conducted numerous premieres in the past several years.  He has curated programs and championed music by living composers such as Libby Larsen, Mason Bates, Adam Schoenberg, David Hertzberg, Pierre Jalbert, and Maria Grenfell, to name a few.  In 2007, he gave his Jordan Hall debut at the New England Conservatory with the New England Collective Chamber Orchestra performing works by emerging talents in the Boston area. Additionally, he appeared on New Music for the Sonically Curious, a series of performances in Boston devoted to works of composers in the New England area.  He has worked with the New York City-based Mimesis, an ensemble dedicated to the music of living composers.  He has also recorded several works with FiveOne in Cleveland.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Seaton has earned degrees from the Université de Montréal, the New England Conservatory, and Vanderbilt University.  He has also studied at Tanglewood and the National Conducting Institute sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra.  His mentors include Michael Morgan, Jean-François Rivest, Robin Fountain, Charles Peltz, and Carol Nies.  Seaton has undertaken additional studies with Kurt Masur, David Zinman, Stefan Asbury, Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula, Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Alexander Mickelthwate, Peter Eötvös, Leonard Slatkin, and Zsolt Nagy, among others.

An avid cyclist and runner, Seaton recently did a solo coast-to-coast cycling expedition from Oregon to Massachusetts.  As a marathoner, he has run races in Los Angeles, Calgary, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Fargo, to name a few.  He qualified for and ran in the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Visit him online at www.scott-seaton.com.

Michael DiGiacinto

Music Director 2014-2018

Conductor, composer, and pianist Michael DiGiacinto was the Music Director of the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose and is Associate Music Director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale. Previously, he was the Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater at San Jose State University.

In addition to conducting much of the standard repertoire for orchestra, Mr. DiGiacinto has conducted over 100 premieres for various ensembles, ranging from chamber ensembles to orchestras and choirs. As a pianist and a vocalist performing in various ensembles, he has premiered many more new works. As a composer, Mr. DiGiacinto’s music has been heard in venues throughout the United States and Europe as well as on NPR and PBS. He has participated in festivals in Fontainebleau, France and Kiev, Ukraine where his music was well received.

As a collaborative pianist, Michael DiGiacinto has performed with various ensembles including regional and state honor choirs in California, Virginia, and New York as well as collegiate choirs at New York University, Hofstra University, and San Jose State University, and chamber ensembles. While living in New York, he was also a staff accompanist with Francisco Núñez and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

A tireless advocate for arts education, Mr. DiGiacinto is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and has been involved with numerous efforts to bring music to schools and communities in need. Through the Outreach Department at Manhattan School of Music, he coordinated programs including group lessons and presentations on the orchestra, opera, and jazz at schools where arts programs are chronically underfunded or do not exist. Mr. DiGiacinto has also been active in bringing arts programs to refugee communities in the West Bank, Palestine.

Michael DiGiacinto has served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Hofstra University, and the Manhattan School of Music. He received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from New York University and his Masters degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he is also a doctoral candidate. His principal composition teachers were Nils Vigeland, Richard Danielpour, and Marc-Antonio Consoli.

Henry Mollicone

Founder and Conductor Emeritus in Perpetuity

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Henry Mollicone’s one-act operas, commissioned by The Central City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and The Minnesota Opera, have been performed extensively. The Face on the Barroom Floor, a recipient of the American Composers’ Recording Award, is one of America’s most oft-performed contemporary operas, and has also been produced in Europe.

Emperor Norton was given its New York premiere in January, 2015 at Chelsea Opera on a double bill with The Face on the Barroom Floor, conducted by the composer from the piano. His full-length operas Coyote Tales, Hotel Eden, and Gabriel’s Daughter have been premiered respectively at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera San Jose and The Central City Opera, with librettos by Sheldon Harnick, Judith Fein and William Luce. 

Mr. Mollicone has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow since 1997, and has served on panels for The National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Mollicone has written works for orchestra, voice, chorus, ballet, and solo voice, as well as music for film, television, and theater, including the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis). He has worked with several distinguished actors as a conductor, composer, and pianist, including Jean Stapleton, David Ogden Stiers, Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Angela Lansbury. As music director and founder of The Winchester Orchestra for many years, Mr. Mollicone is now Conductor Emeritus

His works have been performed by many distinguished artists, including JoAnn Falletta, Frederica Von Stade, Amy Burton, Music from Copland House Players, Erie Mills, Maria Spacagna, D’Anna Fortunato and Marnie Breckenridge.

During the 2009-2010 season, his Beatitude Mass (“Mass for the Homeless”) has been performed by the Monterey Symphony Chorus, the Bristol Phoenix Choir (England), the Rackham Symphony Choir (Detroit), the Georgetown Chorale (Washington, DC) and the Seattle First Baptist Church Choir (Seattle, WA), raising several thousand dollars for organizations that serve the homeless. The world premiere of his Misa de los Inmigrantes, Mass for the Immigrants, was premiered by the San Jose Symphonic Choir in March 2010. His compositions Misteria, for piano solo, and Flowers of the Soul, a song cycle for soprano solo and piano trio, were given their New England premieres at the Newport Music Festival (Newport, RI), with Metropolitan Opera soprano Teresa Cincione, and concert pianist, Daniel del Pino. Mollicone’s one-act opera, The Face on the Barroom Floor will be given several performances at the Central City Opera in Colorado (the work has been performed annually as part of its summer festival since 1978.

Currently Mr. Mollicone is working on a new opera, Lady Bird, with librettist Sheldon Harnick, which was premiered by Texas State University at San Marcos in 2016.

Visit his website: www.henrymollicone.com for more information.

Past Concerts

2021-2022

November 14, 2021
Bizet: Les Toreadors
Liszt: Hungarian March
Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
Strauss Sr.: Radetzky March
Berlioz: La damnation de Faust – Rakoczy March
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance No. 4
Saint-Saens: French Military March
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 2nd Movement
Rimsky-Korsakov: Procession of the Nobles
Willson: 76 Trombones
Verdi: Triumphal March from Aida

March 20, 2022
Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K. 138
Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major, opus 48
Piazzolla (arr. Norbert Gerl): Libertango

May 22, 2022
Smetana: The Moldau
Jevon Gegg-Mitchell, conductor
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major
Julian Brown, violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

2020-2021

Season cancelled due to Covid -19

2019-2020

October 6, 2019
Mollicone: Fanfare From Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land
Holst: St. Paul’s Suite
Henry Mollicone, Guest Conductor
Beethoven: Consecration of the House
Dvorak: The Wood Dove
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien

December 6 & 8, 2019
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
 Zum Gali (Israeli Folk Song)
Leontovich: Ukranian Bell Carol
Hughes: Omnes de Sabra (premier)
Handel: Messiah

West Valley College Concert Chorale
Lou De La Rosa, Chorusmaster
DieuLinh Nguyen, Soprano
Alfie Halpern, Mezzo-Soprano
AJ Rodriguez, Tenor
Daniel Rios, Lyric Baritone

March and May 2020 concerts cancelled due to Covid-19

2018-2019

October 21, 2018
Dvorak: Czech Suite
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade 

Troy Davis, Guest Conductor

December 2, 2018
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8
Brahms: Tragic Overture
Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto
Nicholas Padmanabhan, Guitar

Scott Seaton, Guest Conductor

March 17, 2019
Charles Griffes: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tamami Honma, piano

Gabriel Sakakeeny, Guest Conductor

May 12, 2019
Benjamin Gutiérrez: Evocación
Edward Elgar: Concerto for Violoncello in E minor, Op. 85
Hans Brightbill, Cello
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2

 Norman Gamboa, Guest Conductor

2017-2018

October 8, 2017
Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
Bella Hristova, violin
Bill Palmer, viola

Bizet: Selections from Carmen
Soloists from Bay Shore Lyric Opera:
Liliane Cromer, Jennifer Studley,
 Kristin Genis-Lund,
Michelle Lajeunesse,
 Gregory Spear, Don Hoffman,
Norman Espinoza
Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor

November 18, 2017
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Jevon Gegg-Mitchell, conductor

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
Henry Mollicone, conductor

Wagner: Overture to Rienzi
Grieg: Lyric Suite
Michael DiGiacinto, conductor

March 11, 2018
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tomami Honma, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

May 12, 2018
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Mozart: Requiem
West Valley College Concert Chorale
Heather Greene, Katja Heuzeroth, WooJeong Lee, Kiril Havezov solists

2016-2017

November 20
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Jevon Gegg-Mitchell, Conductor

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Daniel Glover, soloist

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor

February 3
Mozart Concerto for Bassoon, 1st movement
Allan Zhao, soloist

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor

March 24
Lewis: Into the Wilderness
Jevon Gegg-Mitchell, conductor

Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Soloist: Ray Wyant

Mollicone: Violin Concerto
Soloist: Alexander Eisenberg

Copland: Four Episodes from Rodeo
Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor

May 12
Faure: Requiem
Lou De La Rosa, conductor

Durufle: Requiem
West Valley College Concert Chorale

Lou De La Rosa, Chorusmaster

Danielle Marie, soprano

Katherine Trimble, mezzo-soprano

Jose Mendiola, baritone

Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor

2015-2016

October 23
Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Fauré: Pavane
Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Piano soloist: Benjamin Salisbury

December 5, 6
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor,
Opus 16
Soloist: Erica Mineo

Holst: Christmas Day: A Fantasy 
on Old Carols
Mollicone: All God’s Children
Sandra Bengochea, soprano

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Lou De La Rosa, countertenor
West Valley College Concert Chorale
Lou De La Rosa, Director

February 20
Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor
Soloist: Andrew Sords

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Guest Conductor, Sebastiano De Filippi

May 20
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Sandra Bengochea, soprano

Layna Chianakas, mezzo-soprano

Christopher Bengochea, tenor

Joseph Wiggett, baritone

West Valley College Concert Chorale

Lou De La Rosa, Director

Peninsula Cantare
Dr. Jeffrey Benson, Director

Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor

2014-2015

October 18, 19
Sibelius: Finlandia

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Soloist: Amir Khosrowpour

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
Conductor: Michael DiGiacinto

December 13, 14
Berio: Folk Songs
Layna Chianakas, mezzo-soprano

Bartok : Romanian Folk Dances

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Conductor: Michael DiGiacinto

March 22
Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam
Benjamin Britten

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Soloist: Scott Krijnen

May 16, 17
Friedrich von Flotow: Overture to Martha

Mascagni and Leoncavallo: 
Interludes from Cavalleria Rusticana
 and Pagliacci

Ravel: Bolero

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor

 

2013-2014

October 19, 20
Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino

Weber: Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra
Soloist: Tina Tsai

Ives: The Unanswered Question

Copland: Billy The Kid Suite 
Conductor: Michael DiGiacinto

December 14, 15
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jenamy”
Josephine Chou, soloist

Mozart: Sancta Maria

Mozart: Misericordias Domini

Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus with
 the West Valley College Chorale
Director: Lou De La Rosa 

Mussorgsky/Tushmalov: Pictures
 at an Exhibition

Guest Conductor: Phillip Lenberg

March 15, 16
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
Stephen Waarts, Violin Soloist

Henry Molllicone: In Paradiso
World premiere, commissioned by
The Winchester Orchestra
and featuring Stephen Waarts, Violin

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
(From the New World)
Guest Conductor, Tony Clements

May 17, 18
Adams: Tromba Lontana (‘Distant Trumpet’)

Mollicone: In Time of War: Prayers and Meditations
Henry Mollicone, Conductor

Alison Collins, soprano

Strauss: Serenade for Winds

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish)
Guest Conductor, Joseph Ordaz

2012-2013

October 20, 21
Beethoven: Egmont Overture

Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No 2
Soloist: Stephen Waarts

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 

December 15, 16
Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from
The Sleeping Beauty

Haydn: Piano Concerto in D-Major,
First Movement
Soloist: Josephine Chou

Schonberg, arr. Lowden: Selections
 from Les Miserables

Webber, arr. Custer: Selections from 
the Phantom of the Opera

Mollicone: Theme from The Premonition
Henry Mollicone, piano solo 

Webber, arr. Custer: Music from Evita

Markowitz: The Wild, Wild West
Guest Conductor: Eric Choate

March 24, 25
Otto Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives
 of Windsor

Gordon Jacob: Old Wine in New Bottles

Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite

Anica Galindo: Trinitas III

Anton Bruckner: Te Deum
West Valley College Concert Choirs
Director: Lou De La Rosa

Guest Conductor: David Sloss

June 8
Arthur Sullivan: Overture to the Yeomen of the Guard

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat (“Drum Roll”)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Soloist: Alex Wang
Guest Conductor: David Sloss

2011-2012

October 23, 24
Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Schubert: Symphony No. 5
Guest Conductor: Dale King

December 17, 18
Henry Mancini: Mancini Memories

John Williams: Highlights from Jurassic Park

Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
Daniel Glover, pianist

Handel: Messiah (excerpts)
West Valley College Choirs

Christine De La Rosa, soprano

Lou De La Rosa, tenor
Guest Conductor: Dale King

March 17, 18
Mendelssohn: Nocturne from
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte

Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra
Soloist: Mimi Carlson

Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra
Guest Conductor: Dale King

May 19, 20
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Soloist: Dale King

Beethoven: Coriolanus Overture

Schubert: Mass in G
West Valley College Choirs

Lou De La Rosa, Choral Director

2010-2011

October 23, 24
Bizet: Music from Carmen

Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style

Paganini: Concerto No. 1 in D for Violin
 and Orchestra
Soloist: Stephen Waarts

December 18, 19
Beethoven: Mass in C
Vocal soloists: Sandra Rubalcava,
 Nicole Takesono, Brian Thorsett and
 Michael Morris

Handel: Choruses from The Messiah
West Valley Masterworks Chorale
Lou De La Rosa, director

Anderson: Sleigh Ride

March 19, 20
Zae Munn: Time to Face the Music
 (Western premiere)

Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 
for Piano and Orchestra
Soloist: Daniel Del Pino

Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor

May 21, 22
Brian Holmes: Death’s Jest-Book Overture
Mollicone: Behind Me Dips Eternity

Mozart: Concerto No. 3 for Horn and Orchestra in E flat 
Soloist: Jesse Chou

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “The New World”
Guest Conductor: Lou De La Rosa

2009-2010

October 24, 25
Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville

Puccini: Capriccio Sinfonica

Verdi: Triumphal March and Chorus from Aida

Verdi: Selection from La Traviata
Krista Wigle, soprano
Joseph Meyers, tenor

December 12, 13
Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 Violins and
 Orchestra in B Minor
Soloists: Rosemarie Eurgubian, Jill Hansen,
Cammie Brown, Barbara Rumsby

Tchaikovsky: selections from
 the Nutcracker Suite

Hoffman: The Lord is My Shepherd

Borodin: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor

West Valley College Masterworks Chorale
Lou De La Rosa, music director

Addinsell: The Warsaw Concerto
 
Piano soloist: Paul Davies

March 20, 21
Bach: Double Concerto for Two Violins
and Orchestra
Soloists: Sally Dalke and Judith Kmetko

Schubert: Symphony No. 8,
“The Unfinished”

Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 for
Piano and Orchestra
Soloist: Daniel Glover

May 22, 23
Mollicone: Winchester Fanfare

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2,
“Lobgesang” 
Soloists: Joseph Meyers, tenor
and sopranos, Krista Wigle and
 Mary Linduska
West Valley College 
Masterworks Chorale
Lou De La Rosa, guest conductor

2008-2009

October 25, 26
Handel: Allegro Deciso (from Water Music)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Mozart: Concerto No. 20 for Piano and
 Orchestra 
Soloist: Paul Schrage

December 13, 14
Mozart: Finale from The Marriage of Figaro
Vivaldi: Gloria with West Valley Masterworks
Chorale Lou De La Rosa, Director

Bernstein: A Musical Toast

Music from the movies:

The Sting (Joplin/Hamlisch)

Michael Legrand Selections 

Mancini Magic

Anica Galindo: For Lambent Isles

Christmas Sing-Along

March 14, 15
Robert F. Jones: Far Away Is Close At Hand In Images of Elsewhere (world premiere)

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme 
for Solo Cello and Orchestra
Soloist: Oshagan Merjanian

Bruch: Concerto No. 1 in G minor for
Violin and Orchestra
Soloist: Gretchen Miescke

Delibes: Selections from Coppelia

May 23, 24
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante 
Soloists: Emily Petersen, oboe;
Robert Goldstein, clarinet;
Susan Kates, bassoon; Craig Petersen, horn

Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday Overture

Copland: Lincoln Portrait

  
Rigo Chacon, narrator

2007-2008

October 13, 14
Scarlatti: Sinfonia No. 5 for strings
 and flutes 
Soloists: Eileen Wickemeyer
 and Doreen Wilson

Mozart: Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”)

Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde

Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1
 for Piano and Orchestra
 
Soloist: Daniel del Pino

December 15, 16
Sibelius: Finlandia

Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Student soloist: Joseph T. Morris

Tchaikovsky: Russian Dance
 from The Nutcracker

Mollicone: opera choruses from Gabriel’s Daughter:
Saturday Night, President Grant Arrives, Colorado, Lullaby, Glory Day 
Soprano soloist: Aida Griffith

Elena Sharkova Singers, 
Elena Sharkova, Director

Anderson: Sleigh Ride
 Christmas Sing Along 

March 15, 16
Beethoven: Turkish March from the
 Ruins of Athens

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
 with the San Jose Symphonic Choir

May 24, 25
Anica Galindo: A Wintry Vale

Mozart: Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra  
Soloist: Dale King

Nancy Bloomer Deussen: Excerpts from
 A Silver, Shining Strand

Elgar: Concerto for Cello 
Soloist: Kjell R. Stenberg

Guest Conductor: Anthony Quartuccio  

2006-2007

October 14, 15 
Handel: The Entrance of
the Queen of Sheba
Mendelssohn: Concerto for violin 
and orchestra 
Soloist: Anat Kardontchik

Bizet: Symphony in C major 

December 9, 10
Gabrieli: Sonata Piano e Forte

Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors

March 24, 25
K. Lewis: Into the Wilderness

Chaminade: Concertino for flute and 
orchestra
Soloist: Pat Chambers

F. Strauss: Concerto for horn and
orchestra 
Soloist: Len Brothers

Gounod: Messa Solennelle 

May 18, 20
Guest conductor: Emily Ray

G. Gershwin: Overture to Girl Cazy 
Porgy and Bess, selections

H.Mollicone: Kathy’s White Knight

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1  
Soloist: Louise Costigan-Kerns

 

2005-2006

October 30 
Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino

Mascagni: Intermezzo from
 Cavalleria Rusticana

Leoncavallo: Intermezzo from Pagliacci
Brahms: Four Hungarian Dances

Grieg: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 
in A minor 
Soloist: Kanako Inagawa

December 11
Williams: Suite from Harry Potter

Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 3 for
 Violin and Orchestra 
Soloist: Evan Jeng

Beethoven: Concerto No. 1 for 
Piano and Orchestra 
Soloist: Eileen Chen

Copland: Dances from Rodeo 

March 24, 26
Handel: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Soloist: Elizabeth Jaxon

Tchaikovsky: Suite from
 The Sleeping Beauty

Benedetto Marcello: Concerto for Oboe
 and Orchestra 
Soloist: William Trimble, saxophone

D’Indy: Choral Varie 
Soloist: William Trimble, saxophone

Paul Davies: Rhapsody (world premiere) 
Ruth Neville, soloist piano 

May 26, 28
Dvorak: Serenade Opus 44 

Holst: St. Paul Suite
 
Faure: Requiem  
Soloists:
 
Alison Collins, soprano

Leroy Kromm, baritone

 

2004-2005

November 5, 7 
Schubert: March Militaire

Smetana: The Moldau

Vaughan-Williams: The Lark Ascending 
Soloist: Gretchen Miescke

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 
Soloist: Adler Ma

December 19
Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 
Soloist: Eileen Chen
Guest Conductor: Kwok Kuen Koo 

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 
Soloist: Adler Ma

February 18, 20
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #2
Soloists:
Brady Esch, trumpet  
Libby Esch, recorder

Emily Petersen, oboe

Bizet: Carmen Fantasy for Flute 
Soloist: Doreen Wilson

Ravel: Tzigane (Gypsy) 
Soloist: Jamie Pak, violin

Saint-Saens: Concerto #1 for Cello
and Orchestra 
Soloist: Oshagan Merjanian 

April 15, 17
Glazunov: Waltz #1

Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Soloist: Dale King

Schubert: Symphony #4 (The Tragic) 

June 10, 12
Von Suppe: Light Calvery Overture

Albinoni: Adagio in G minor

Artie Shaw: Clarinet Concerto
Soloist: Fr. Jon Pedigo

Broadway Selections:

Webber: Evita

Schonberg: Miss Saigon

Bernstein: West Side Story

Rodgers: The King and I 

 

2003-2004

November 7 
Mendelssohn: Symphony #5
(The Reformation)

Bellini: Overture to Norma

Arias by Verdi and Puccini 
Guest artists: Karen McConachie
 and Michael Morris

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 
Soloist: Adler Ma

January 16, 18
Rozsa: Spellbound Concerto for
 Orchestra and Piano 
Henry Mollicone, soloist

Markowitz: Theme from
the Wild Wild West

Poulenc: The Story of Babar
Bob Rumsby, narrator

Liszt: Piano Concerto #2 
in A major
Alishan Merjanian, soloist

March 19, 21
Piston: Divertimento

Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Eileen Wickmeyer, flute and

Stephanie Janokowski, harp

Tchaikovsky: Symphony #1
”WInter Dreams” 
Guest Conductor, Anthony Quartuccio

May 14
Villa-Lobos: Little Train of the Caipira

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
 for Guitar and Orchestra 
Soloist: Rick Vandivier

Mariachi selections: Guadalajara,
 Café Colon, La Negra and Amor Eterno 
Soloist: Mariachi Santa Cecelia

 

2002-2003

November 8
Beethoven: Overture to Coriolanus

Bernard: Divertissement

Telemann: Concerto for Viola & Orchestra 
Janet Sims, soloist

Dvorak: Symphony #8 

January 24
King/O’Briant: Canton Aero Club March

Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor 
Gretchen Miescke, soloist

Webber: Phantom of the Opera

Robbins: Broadway

Rodgers: Oklahoma

Schoenberg: Les Miserables Suite

March 28 
Guest Conductor: Dale King

Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger

Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin & 
Orchestra 
Anat Kardontchik, soloist
 

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Narrator: John Evans

June 6 
Guest Conductor: Anthony Quartuccio

All Beethoven Concert


Overture to Egmont
 
Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor” 
Kanako Inagawa, soloist

Symphony #3 “Eroica” 

 

2002-2001

December 14, 15
Handel: Messiah 
Guest Conductor, Anthony Quartuccio 
with the Santa Clara Chorale

March 15
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major 
Dale King, soloist

Schumann: Symphony #3
“The Rhenish”

May 31 
Guest Conductor, Emily Ray

John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark Theme from ET

The Empire Strikes Back

Jurassic Park

Plus: A Rat’s Tale 
Narrator: Bill Glenn

Music: Henry Mollicone
Libretto: William Luce

Featuring the Cabrillo Choral
 Program for Children and Youth Choir

Cheryl Anderson, Director

 

 

2000-2001

October 20
Copland: Appalachian Spring

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite #1
Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto #1 
Scott Hartman, soloist
Mark Perreault: Lever du Soleil

March 9
Sullivan: Overture to H.M.S. Pinafore

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances/Passa
 Mezzo and Mascherada

Arias from
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi;

Strauss: Die Fledermaus;
Lehar: The 
Merry Widow;
Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate 
Erie Mills, soprano

Tchaikovsky: Waltzes from Nutcracker 
Salute to George M. Cohan

June 8 
Guest Conductor, Anthony Quartuccio

Vivaldi: L’Estro Armonico Concerto IX

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major 
Robert Goldstein, soloist
 

Beethoven: Symphony #5

 

1999-2000

November 19
Jacobs: Old Wine in New Bottles-
Four Old English Tunes/wind ensemble

Beethoven: Piano concerto #4
Domi Le, soloist

December 17, 18, 19

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker
 
San Jose Dance Theatre

Tchaikovsky: Waltzes from Nutcracker 
Salute to George M. Cohan

February 25
Nelson: Sarabande

Vivaldi: Four Seasons 
Dale King, soloist
 

Beethoven: Symphony #6 Pastorale

June 2 
Gabrieli: Sonata Pian’ Forte 
Brass ensemble

Gounod: Petite Symphonie

Mozart: Selections from
 The Marriage of Figaro
and
Bizet: Selections from Carmen
 
Layna Chianakas, mezzo-soprano

Copland: Billy the Kid Suite 

 

The Winchester Orchestra is supported in part by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, and also supported by SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.