Viva Italia

PROGRAM 1: Viva Italia!


Our Marin Symphony Orchestra and Quartet San Francisco kicked off our 60th season in style! Audiences on both Sunday and Tuesday rewarded the stellar performances with standing ovations.

A fascinating pre-concert story and Viva Italia! opening-season concert review…

Pre-concert story…10/24/2012, San Jose Mercury News
Scion of Oakland’s Cohen family musical dynasty will premiere a string quartet concerto with the Marin
–Cheryl North 

10/28 concert review…
Marin Symphony Scores With Tour of Italy
–Niels Swinkels

“The Marin Symphony’s orchestral sound was balanced, transparent, and brilliant throughout.” …and about the world premiere… of Jeremy Cohen’s work… “This highly evocative piece echoes the music of film composers like Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola … and it could easily work as a movie score.” 


Our opening salute to Italy featured Mendelssohn’s joyful, sunny, and festive scenes, as well as the majesty and grandeur of Rome’s pine forests in Respighi’s sonic blockbuster Pines of Rome. Quartet San Francisco kicked off our 60th Season—returning with their signature blend of virtuosity and cool sophistication to rock the house—presenting an Italian-inspired world premiere by first violinist Jeremy Cohen.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 3pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:30pm
Pre-concert talks begin one hour prior to each performance (FREE to all ticket holders).

Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, “Italian”
Cohen Concerto Carnevale for String Quartet and Orchestra (world premiere, Quartet San Francisco)
Respighi Pines of Rome


Concert Sponsors: Bank of America, Bon Air Shopping Center, Marin Magazine, KDFC
Guest Artist Sponsors: Frank and Lois Noonan