For the first time in RCO history, the Orchestra will perform without a conductor, in the style of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries! Among the highlights of the program are Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No. 25 (featured prominently in the film Amadeus) and Vivaldi’s famous and beloved Four Seasons, with RCO concertmaster Ruth Lenz as soloist.

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Ruth Lenz, violin
Telemann: Suite in F major “Alster Overture” (excerpts)
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, with Karl Bohm conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ruth Lenz photo
Ruth Lenz
Ruth Lenz became concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic and Nevada Opera Orchestra in 2010 and of the Reno Chamber Orchestra in 2011. She has also served as concertmaster for the Fresno Philharmonic and the Sunriver Festival Orchestra. As a chamber and festival musician she has performed with the Sacramento Chamber Music Society in California; the Argenta Series for the University of Nevada, Reno; in the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado; the Carpe Diem String Quartet in Columbus Ohio; and the Kammermusiktage in Barth, Germany. Ruth has appeared as a soloist with the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, the Carson City Symphony, the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival Orchestra, the Toccata Orchestra, the Reno Baroque Ensemble and the Sunriver Festival.

Ruth began her violin studies at age two with her mother. Other formative childhood teachers include Roy Malan, Suzanne Beia, Won Bin Yim and Cynthia Lang. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied with Phillip Ruder. She then went on to get her Doctorate at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where she studied with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang. In addition to performing, Ruth has a passion for teaching. She has attended intensive pedagogy seminars such as the week-long Delay Symposium at Juilliard in order to enhance her teaching skills. She plays a 1957 Simone Fernando Sacconi violin.