In Gabriela Ortiz's 'D'Colonial Californio,' a Contemplation of El Camino Real

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Gabriela Ortiz. (Artist Photo)

The Silicon Valley Symphony kicks off its season with two favorites: Dvorak's New World Symphony and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture and Scherzo. What makes the program special is a world premiere by the Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, whose work stretches back 30 years. D'Colonial Californio is a concerto for flute and orchestra, performed here by soloist Marisa Canales and under the direction of JoAnn Falletta. Inspired by the Peninsula's main route El Camino Real—part of a fraught, revisionist history—the piece promises to bring contemplation among the celebration at the California Theater.

The Silicon Valley Symphony performs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, at the California Theater in San Jose. Details here.