Perfect Fifths
with Jon Nakamatsu
Friday, October 27th
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, October 28th
Heritage Theatre
Concerts at 8PM
Pre-concert lecture at 7PM


Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
Overture in C Major
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)
Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5, Op. 64

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The “dazzling” (NY Times) Jon Nakamatsu, a Peninsula Symphony favorite and internationally celebrated artist, returns in a program of beloved masterworks, including Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto (No. 5) and Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony. Continuing our focus on female composers, the program begins with Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s stately Overture in C.


Friday, October 27 at 8PM

San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA 94401

Parking will be available in College Park Elementary lot around the corner from San Mateo Performing Arts Center and in the Turnbull Children’s Center. Shuttle service will be running to help patrons get from their spaces to the theatre doors.

Saturday, October 28 at 8PM

Heritage Theatre
1 W Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

Parking is free adjacent to the theatre off Community Center Drive.


American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Nakamatsu’s extensive recital tours throughout the U.S. and Europe have featured appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan. He has worked with various chamber ensembles – among them the Brentano, Tokyo, Kuss, Jupiter, Cypress, Prazak and Ying String Quartets – and has toured repeatedly with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Together with clarinetist Jon Manasse, Mr. Nakamatsu tours continually as a member of the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. The Duo also serves as Artistic Directors of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts.

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Jon Nakamatsu performing Stravinsky’s Etude opus 7 n.4


Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture in C Major performed by the Insula Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 performed by the State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation