The RCO’s 2017-18 season begins with pianist Tanya Bannister, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She made her first Reno appearance at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and she returns to Reno to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Maestro Kuchar and the Orchestra. Opening the program is the famous Suite from Aaron Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring. The second half of the concert is devoted to Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, a tribute to nature that moves from the opening movement’s “Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside,” through a gentle “Scene by the brook,” a party, and a thunderstorm, to the concluding “Shepherd’s Song.”

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Tanya Bannister, piano

Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”


From the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival, an excerpt from Haydn’s Piano Trio in C major with pianist Tanya Bannister, violinist Josef Špaček, and cellist Emilio Colón.

Tanya Bannister photo
Tanya Bannister
Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “…with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist Tanya Bannister’s recent victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirm her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Receiving further distinction as an “Artist to Watch” on the cover of SYMPHONY Magazine, Ms. Bannister’s career has already brought her to many of the world’s great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As co-founder and Artistic Director of AlpenKammerMusik, Ms. Bannister has created an intimate musical experience in which music lovers from around the world can spend 12 days in a small Alpine village engaged in the study of chamber music. Sensing a demand for musical opportunity amongst amateur and pre-professional musicians, Ms. Bannister designed an experience for the participants that includes collaborating closely with a globally distinguished faculty on preparing for final public performances. Read more at Tanya Bannister’s website.

Theodore Kuchar
The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation, appearing on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005-2013) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004), and has held the position of Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, and Slovak Sinfonietta. An avid chamber musician, he served as the founding Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006). He presently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.