2021 Season Opener Concert

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The Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Sibelius, Griffes, Hiob, Wieniawski and Tchaikovsky

The San Jose Youth Symphony’s Philharmonic Orchestra, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Yair Samet, presents its 2021 Season Opener Concert to be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, 4 pm, at the California Theatre, 345 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

The orchestra will open with Sibelius’s stirring Karelia Overture, followed by the work of Estonian composer, Johannes Hiob — Symphonic Fantasy — Fathers’ Land, and conclude with Tchaikovsky’s spirited Capriccio Italien. This concert will also feature two winners from the 2021 Young Artists’ Competition, proudly sponsored by the San Jose Symphony Foundation. Outstanding young soloists, Cindy Chen, flutist, will perform Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra; and Siddharth Navale, violinist, will perform Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brillante No. 2.


Cindy Chen is a senior at Basis Independent Silicon Valley. She has been playing the flute since 5th grade. This will be her fourth season with the San Jose Youth Symphony.




Siddharth Navale is a junior at Cupertino High School. He first joined the San Jose Youth Symphony in 4th grade and is currently in his fourth season with the Philharmonic Orchestra.




The San Jose Youth Symphony (SJYS) is one of the oldest and finest youth orchestras on the West Coast of the U.S. Founded over six decades ago as part of the former San Jose Symphony, SJYS has a rich tradition of musical performance and education.

The musicians of SJYS, all school-age youth, are chosen from more than 650 applicants through our annual auditions. The SJYS comprises 12 distinct performing ensembles: two full orchestras, a Chamber orchestra, two flute choirs, two string ensembles, as well as winds, harp, saxophone, percussion and jazz ensembles.