Reviews from our audience and critics

Reviews of past SVS performances

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“San Mateo Daily Journal” 31May11
      Keith Kreitman,
           Music Critic

 “I never heard the Mendelssohn played any better since Izhak Perlman.”
 “I Exceedingly professional production (DVD now available) and the orchestra sounded even better in the larger church.

Even though I have followed Stephen, boosting him since he was eight years old and been a friend of the family as long, I still marvel and have been convinced he is destined to be one of the greatest of his generation.  I never heard the Mendelssohn played any better since Izhak Perlman.

You have done a great job of getting him recognition locally and getting him on his way.

Best, Keith Kreitman” (Music Critic: San Mateo Daily Journal)

“This year I attended a few performances of the other SV Symphony and as a former Buffalo Phil. student musician, I believe myself qualified to assure you that your group has a far stronger and balanced sound than they do and your choice of musical selection I find far more interesting.

Good work.

Lettie's friend, Jay Tuttle”

“My wife and I wish to express our appreciation for your wonderful concerts.  We try not to miss any performance of SVS and we are looking forward to many more.

Thanks for reaching out to the children and to cash-strapped seniors.  It would be great to see more middle-aged parents and their children at your very  reasonably priced concerts. The SVS mission is to be admired.

Warm regards, William and Janet Jones”

Soli & Sibelius SVS Concert

 Bravo! To you and Bravi to all of your wonderful orchestra members!
 I enjoyed your Soli and Sibelius Concert immensely.  Your program was quite aggressive and all performed very well!  I was deeply moved to listen to rather a heavy piece, Sibelius's Symphony. Under your superb magic wand, orchestra sounded absolutely rich. You controlled the musicians beautifully yet gave them so much freedom in their playing! You have some remarkable talents in your orchestra!!

Also the soloists were fabulous!! Looking forward to your next concerts and events!  I am sorry that I could not congratulate you in person after the concert; I had to drive my students who attended your concert home right after your performances.
 ** I also listened to the recording of your concert; it's a very good
quality and excellent recording!  What a high-tech person you are as well!!

 Thank you for the lovely evening with the wonderful music!! 
 Much love
, Sumi  Member of MTAC   Eric Leong' mother.

Return of the Prodigy SVS Concert

  I feel so privileged to have able to attend that magnificent concert Saturday night.  What a talent , indeed as you call him, a prodigious  talent, that young lad is.  And the orchestra was wonderful as well.  I think it was a really good turnout, though I was disappointed not to see more from our church there.  Perhaps the big event to say goodbye to Mark on Sunday was the cause.  But I think the church was pretty full - at least the rows ahead of me all seemed to have eight people in each pew.    Good luck and I hope to hear many more concerts.
Judy Borlase

Thank you Michael for a great concert. Just fantatstic. Note: You picked our daughter (Katia) as one of the guest conductors. She LOVED it. :-) Thanks again, - Chris

Dear Maestro, I would like to thank you personally for the beautiful and inspiring concert which you presented last night.  I thought the orchestra sounded fabulous.  Of course Stephen's performance was beyond all praise.  He is definitely a rising star of the first magnitude.  This was my first time out since my illness, and I'm happy to report that  I'm recuperating nicely.  I feel like I've got entirely new pipes!  Congratulations again for a most impressive concert.  Robert Maltz

2009 Arabian Nights SVS Concert

“Marvelous concert - wonderful program” Jeanne McCann

It was a treat playing with the orchestra Jim Aikin

“enjoyed it immensely - fabulous music - it was a real  delight”  Nancy

“They said they enjoyed our concert as much, if not more than the S.F. concert..”  Hilda Hodges

“Our guest, an avid symphony patron, loved it as well.” Betty Ulrich

“a really beautiful concert” Shirley Huang

Prodigy & Pops SVS Concert

“Blockbuster!! What a great performance last Night.”  Paul Nyberg

“Really a very good concert.  It confirms my opinion that you are a terrific director.” Keith Kreitman

“fine performance...very impressive on many levels.  huge turnout” Peter Gelfand

“Thank you for such an incredible, fun, awesome concert.”  Nat Collins

“congratulate you on the high standard of performance...programing was first rate” John and Sophie Chang

absolutely terrific... just loved the "mini maestros" too!  Carolyn McCoid

The Planets SVS Concert


“I can't remember when I've heard such a terrific concert”

“ of the best symphonic concerts we ever attended”

“...I loved the whole program”

“...the musical selections were excellent, along with the quality of the orchestra members.”

“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the concert...”

“...the recording sounds wonderful, it is surprising to hear all the instruments so well...”

Soli & Sorcery

“...what a Glorius night!!!”

“... Christine is the eight wonder...”

“What a great concert...!”

“...we were so impressed!”

“...joyful energy permeated the entire venue!”

“...Christine... charming, tallented, prodigy...”

“I never had so much fun at a symphony...”

“Thank you for the most memorable evening!”

Poulenc N' Pipes


Last night's concert was fantastic!  First, I got emotionally wrenched by the Poulenc concerto (wonderful playing by Margaret) - God, what visions of death are in there! - then carried up into a different sphere by a sublime L'Apre-Midi. Congratulations on a wonderful performance and a full house as well. What an emotional rollercoaster! Thanks for the experience!”

Lothar Bandermann (Organist and Famous Composer)

Great Scott! N' The Wright Stuff!

Words can hardly describe how much I enjoyed the June 3rd performance.

The entire orchestra performed so well. I've never seen so many smiles on the faces of musicians during a concert. It was obvious they enjoyed the evening as much as the audience. That they are unpaid makes the performance extremely special. It's like enjoying a rare treat from next door neighbors who happen to have outstanding talent.” David Cameron

“I have to tell you how much I enjoyed the "Silicon Valley Symphony" Saturday night...  The program choices were all outstanding and particularly to my liking. It truly was a very spirit filled evening and a blessing for me.” Joan Arnst

“It was a Glorious Concert!!!  Everything about it was elegant & superb.  You really know how to put everything together - the music, musicians  and that fantastic man, singer, actor, Joseph Wright!”  Loretta Faulkner

Hey!  Figaro!  SVS Concert

“The concert was wonderful. I so enjoyed the entire performance. It's a small group but capable of shaking the walls with ease.  To enjoy a live performance of this caliber at any price would be worth it. But to pay only 20 bucks is an absolute steal. What a bargain, and what a treat. My thanks and appreciation to all for the hard work, dedication and talent.”  David Cameron

“We sat in the first row right in front of Joseph Wright.  The entire concert was exciting, but it was especially thrilling being in the blast zone of Joseph.  Please keep up the great work.  You are a wonderful asset to the South Bay Area.” Paul Dueweke

I probably have never before been so glad that I had invited friends  to come to a concert. Joseph Wright was fantastic, and the atmosphere was phenomenal...


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