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Santa Cruz Symphony Presents - METAMORPHOSES

Santa Cruz Symphony

Santa Cruz Symphony Santa Cruz Symphony Presents - METAMORPHOSES


Prokofiev’s mastery of cultural and political elements reaches it’s apotheosis in his visionary Symphony No. 5.

The program opens with Moncayo’s Huapango which celebrates zapateado dance traditions of Mexico, while Massenet’s breathtakingly beautiful Meditation from Thais and Saint-Saëns’ thrillingly virtuosic Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso will feature Klein String Competition winner Alex Zhou.


MONCAYO - Huapango

SAINT-SAËNS - Introduction & Rondo Capricicoso

MASSENET - Méditation from Thaïs
Alex Zhou, Violin

PROKOFIEV - Symphony no. 5



At 17, Alex Zhou is a seasoned performer, self-assured in his art and finding deeper expression when he plays.

Over the years, Alex has won many prizes. His recent honors include 1st place, 2018 International Irving M. Klein String Competition; 1st place, 2018 Parnassus – San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition; honorable mention at the U.S. National Young Arts Competition; semifinalist at the 2018 International Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition; quarterfinalist at the 2018 International Schoenfeld String Competition; 1st place, 2016 Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Competition; Fourth prize and Composer’s Prize, 2014 International Menuhin Violin Competition;.

Alex lives with his parents James Zhou and June Hu in San Jose and attends The King’s Academy school in Sunnyvale.

He started piano lessons at age 5 and began playing the violin a year later after seeing a home video of his older sister performing in her elementary school orchestra. Intrigued, he found her old violin and tried to play it, and soon began taking violin lessons, too.

Now almost through with high school and set to graduate, he spent the earlier part of this year playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at college auditions and is still waiting to hear which conservatory he might attend.


Fri. Mar. 27 - League Preview
Fri. Nov. 1 - Open Rehearsal 7:30 - 10:00 pm at the Civic Auditorium
Fri. May 1 - Rebroadcast KKUP 91.5 FM at 1:00 pm

Additional Dates:
Sun March 29, 2020 2:00pm
Mello Center for the Performing Arts

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Introduction & Rondo Capricicoso


Méditation from Thaïs


Symphony no. 5


Alex Zhou