• For over a year, the Reno Chamber Orchestra has been engaged in a search process to find the third in its 45-year history. Out of over 150 applicants from around the globe, six finalists were chosen, beginning in March 2019 with Maestro Franz and through into the 2019-2020 season. Who will lead the Orchestra’s next chapter? Subscribe to the new season, give feedback about each candidate in audience surveys, and meet them in the lobby after each concert!

      • Five candidates remain to become the third Music Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra.  With a diverse background and experiences with some of the world’s biggest orchestras, these finalists are sure to bring five extraordinary performances to Northern Nevada.  Subscribe today and give your input after each concert – help us select the best person to bring the RCO into its next chapter!


        Con moto (adverb MUSIC) | con mo·to | /kän ‘moto: with movement : in a spirited manner — used as a direction in music


      Candidate 2: Donato Cabrera

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      October 19-20, 2019

    • Maestro Cabrera opens the season with a grand program anchored by Beethoven’s triumphant Seventh Symphony. As a native of Reno and UNR graduate, Cabrera has developed a reputation locally for his varied programming and energizing performances. Violinist Helen Kim, also raised in Reno, performs the West Coast premiere of the Chamber Concerto for Violin by her husband, critically-acclaimed composer Samuel Adams. Wagner’s complex symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, a present for his wife Cosima, opens the performance.

      Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

      Adams, Sam: Chamber Concerto for Violin

      Helen Kim, violin

      Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

      Candidate 3: Martin Majkut

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      November 23-24, 2019

      Slovakian-born conductor Martin Majkut makes his Reno debut with a concert spanning continents and centuries.  The first half opens with a Baroque Italian gem before moving into one of the best works for chamber orchestra by Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera.  Virtuoso soloist Bella Hristova joins the orchestra in the second half for a lovely work from Majkut’s home country, and Beethoven’s glorious, transcendent Violin Concerto.

      Ginastera: Variciones Concertantes

      Zeljenka: Musica Slovaka

      Beethoven: Violin Concerto

      Bella Hristova, violin


      Candidate 4: Nick Carthy

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      January 25 & 26, 2020

      Warm up your winter with a program of rhythm and dance, led by finalist Nicholas Carthy.  After a light-hearted Schumann opening, soprano Hope Briggs joins the RCO for a stunning Beethoven concert aria, Ah Perfido.  The second half contrasts these Germanic masterworks with the sounds and rhythms of the Andes in Frank’s Leyendas, before closing with the excitement of Kodaly’s rousing Dances of Galanta.

      Schumann: Introduction, Scherzo & Finale

      Beethoven: Ah Perfido

      Hope Briggs, soprano

      Frank, Gabriela Lena: Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

      Kodaly: Dances of Galanta


      Candidate 5: Kelly Kuo

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      March 14 & 15, 2020

      Maestro Kuo’s program takes audiences on a journey back in time, from a recent classical composition to a traditional Beethoven symphony. The concert opens with contemporary Canadian composer Kevin Lau’s cinematic Artemis, driven by the power of percussion. This sense of energy and motion forms a bridge to the second work from the early 20th Century, as Bion Tsang takes center stage for Shostakovich’s demanding first concerto for cello. The orchestra closes the program with Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which began to push boundaries and expectations in ways which inspired generations of composers to follow.

      Lau, Kevin: Artemis

      Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

      Bion Tsang, cello

      Beethoven: Symphony No. 2


      Candidate 6: Conner Gray Covington

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      April 4 & 5, 2020

      Dynamic young conductor Conner Gray Covington brings the season to a close with a concert juxtaposing new works with traditional classics. Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto sets the tone for the program, followed by a collaboration with acclaimed pianist (and Nevada Chamber Music Festival favorite) Jon Kimura Parker. Death of a Poet, by fellow Curtis graduate TJ Cole, shows the talents of a composer who has built an impressive resume of commissions for a young woman still in her twenties. The season concludes with a perfectly crafted symphony by Josef Haydn.

      Ligeti: Romanian Concerto

      Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

      Jon Kimura Parker, piano

      Cole, T.J.: Death of the Poet

      Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major


    • Previous Performances

    • Candidate 1: Robert Franz

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      March 30-31, 2019 (2018-19 Season Finale)

      Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus

    • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
    • Franck: Symphonic Variations
    • Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
    • Beethoven: Choral Fantasy in C minor
    • Steven Vanhauwaert, piano